Aircraft Dispatcher, Associate of Applied Science

The Aircraft Dispatcher degree prepares graduates for employment as Aircraft Dispatchers in fixed base operator (FBO), airline, or corporate flight operations.  Aircraft Dispatchers are responsible for important aspects of flight planning including routing, weather forecasting, aircraft performance, cargo and passenger loading, fuel calculations, and aircrew and aircraft scheduling.  These professionals typically work in a flight operations center and perform flight following to provide assistance to pilots if weather conditions or other criteria necessitate route changes.

This degree includes an FAA-approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course, which is authorized to provide endorsements for the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher practical test administered at CCBC.

Students considering applying for this program should read the information available on the CCBC website at www.ccbcmd.edu/aviation.

Some aviation classes have lab fees. Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Program objectives

Educational Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will:

  1. be certified as a licensed FAA Aircraft Dispatcher;
  2. be qualified for employment with regional and major airlines, corporate flight departments, charter or cargo operators, fixed base operators, aviation training centers, or with a government agency or military service; and
  3. be qualified for employment for non-aviation positions available with other transportation related services, law enforcement, or other federal, state, and local agencies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate leadership, teamwork, managerial, and organizational skills within the aviation industry;
  2. analyze and assess airline and airport operations, government regulations, and safety and environmental concerns to plan and implement appropriate strategic and tactical business methodologies;
  3. demonstrate flight proficiency, safety, and procedural skills to obtain FAA licensure required to secure a position as a commercial pilot or flight instructor; and
  4. communicate clearly and decisively using standard aviation pilot-controller phraseology.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Short Session 1

Semester 2

Short Session 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

The Aircraft Dispatcher degree prepares graduates for employment as Aircraft Dispatchers in fixed base operator (FBO), airline, or corporate flight operations.  Aircraft Dispatchers are responsible for important aspects of flight planning, including routing, weather forecasting, aircraft performance and loading, fuel calculations, and aircrew and aircraft scheduling.  These professionals typically work in a flight operations center and perform flight following to provide assistance to pilots if weather conditions or other criteria necessitate route changes.

Type of Credential

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Code

275

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Director

CCBC Catonsville, Doug Williams
443-840-5498 or dwilliams@ccbcmd.edu

Assistant Program Director

CCBC Catonsville, Chris Komsa
443-840-4209 or ckomsa@ccbcmd.edu

Air Traffic Control Program Manager

CCBC Catonsville, Joe Eichelberger
443-840-4463 or jeichelberger@ccbcmd.edu

Aviation Faculty

CCBC Catonsville, Pete Waters
443-840-5188 or pwaters@ccbcmd.edu

Contact the Aviation Technology Department  

443-840-4157 or aviation@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

Courses Needed for This Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 19 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

 Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses . One course must be a Diversity course.

  • Information Technology 3 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements - 41 Credits

Program Requirements:

Note

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.