Whether you're seeking a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aircraft Dispatcher certificate; want to prepare for success at the FAA's Air Traffic Controller Academy; want to pass your FAA Aeronautical Knowledge exams for Private, Instrument, Remote and Commercial Pilot and Instructor ratings; or simply want a well-rounded education before embarking on a professional aviation career; the Aviation Department is here to help you reach for the sky.

Sacramento City College maintains an FAA-authorized 14 CFR Part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher training program. Upon completion an A.S. degree or Certificate in Achievement in Aircraft Dispatch, you will receive the Certificate of Completion that is required to take your FAA Practical Exam for certification as an Aircraft Dispatcher (Flight Operations Officer for those interested in licensing outside of the United States). The Certificate of Completion is valid for ninety (90) days after course completion.

Graduates of Sacramento City College's A.S. degree program in Air Traffic Control who have maintained a 'B' average are eligible to receive an AT-CTI Letter of Recommendation. This letter may be uploaded to your USAJOBS.gov profile, and allows you to compete for FAA training in a separate pool for CTI graduates and certain veterans.

COVID-19 Notice

Due to the ongoing health emergency, ATCAD 309-Airline Operations and Performance and ATCAD 310- Practical Dispatch Operations will NOT be offered during the Summer 2020 semester. We currently anticipate offering the courses during the Fall 2020. Only students who have already completed a Flight Technology degree or certificate of achievement, or who meet the recency of experience requirements of 14 CFR 65.57 will be eligible to enroll.

Flight Technology courses in the Fall 2020, other than FLTEC 320-Private Pilot Ground, will be open only to those students who have successfully completed FLTEC 100 or FLTEC 300 Introduction to Aviation. Informational meetings for subsequent enrollments will be scheduled in the Fall semester. Check back here for the dates and times.

Career Options

Air Traffic Controller

Employment opportunities exist within the Federal Aviation Administration’s National Air Traffic Control system for Air Traffic Controllers and Remote Pilot Operators (RPO’s), with numerous contract facilities throughout the country, and with the military worldwide.

Aircraft Dispatcher

Aircraft Dispatchers are employed by all major and regional airlines worldwide. Many jet charter and helicopter air ambulance operators, as well as government agencies and the military, utilize their services.  

Flight Technology

Professional Pilots are employed as Charter Pilots, Flight Instructors, Ground Instructors, Agricultural Pilots, Helicopter Pilots, Flight Engineers, and Regional Airline/Major Airline Pilots, as well as working for Government Agencies or the Military.