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Vocational Studies/Exploring Careers in Aviation

Grade Level: Grades 4-12
Subject of Study: Vocational Studies
Concept/Objective: Exploring and Defining Careers in Aviation

Content/Process

Targeted Academic Expectations:

Core Content for Assessment:

Core Content for Vocational Studies Assessment, Grades 4-12

Jobs/careers reflect both individual and societal needs.

Special skills are needed for success in future schooling and in the workplace.

Instructional Strategies and Activities

NOTE: This lesson is designed to give insight into career options available in Kentucky and globally to students who may be interested in such careers. It is designed to inform and define specific aviation careers, allowing students to broaden their career options.

Prepare students by asking the following questions:

Today we are going to look at careers in aviation. How many of you are really good at ...

After we watch this program, I want you to be able to name some careers that were mentioned and detailed in the program.

Watch: KET’s Electronic Field Trip to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky.

Discuss career possibilities with the class. What was intriguing? What did they find interesting? What did they learn about aviation from the program? Inform students of careers in aviation that aren’t detailed or mentioned in the program, using the following list as a guide. You probably will not have time to discuss everything listed here, but try to cover each category and a range of salaries in each. This information is primarily to aid in answering questions.

The following list of aviation careers comes from the AvJobs.com web site (www.avjobs.com/salaries-wages-pay/index.asp). The teacher may want to navigate this site to gain more information.

Aircraft Manufacturing Positions
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Assemblers and Installers $10-$16/hour high school diploma aircraft manufacturers
Electrical Installers and Technicians $8-$25/hour high school diploma aircraft manufacturers
Machine Tool Operators $10-$16/hour high school diploma, vocational school aircraft manufacturers
Manufacturing Engineers $28,000-$50,000+ Bachelor of Science degree aircraft manufacturers
Quality Technicians $10-$25/hour high school diploma, associate degree aircraft manufacturers
Sheet Metal Fabrication $8-$14/hour high school diploma aircraft manufacturers
Tool, Jig, and Fixture Makers $9-$25/hour high school diploma, vocational school aircraft manufacturers
Aircraft and System Maintenance
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Airframe or Power Plant Mechanic $9-$20/hour high school diploma, technical training; degree preferred airlines, fixed base operators (FBOs), private companies
Avionics Specialist $9-$25/hour high school diploma, technical training; degree preferred airlines, FBOs, private companies
Airline and Airport Operations
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Air Traffic Controller $37,282-$132,108 FAA training; college preferred Federal Aviation Administration
Airport Manager $18,000-$130,000 college degree in airport management or business administration airports, airport authorities
Cabin Maintenance Mechanic $10-$17/hour high school diploma, technical training airlines
Concession Workers $8/hour+ high school diploma airport concessionaires
Fire and Crash Rescue $16,000-$48,000 special training; college preferred medium to large airports
Fixed Base Operator Manager $24,000-$65,000 high school diploma; college degree sometimes preferred FBOs
Flight Dispatcher $25,000-$100,000+ dispatcher’s license; college degree and experience preferred airlines
Ground Attendant $18,000-$32,400 high school diploma airlines
Lineperson $8-$15/hour high school diploma airports, airlines, FBOs
Ramp Planner $18,000-$31,000 high school diploma; experience preferred airlines
Ramp Service Personnel $8-$15/hour high school diploma airlines, airports, FBOs
Safety Inspector $26,000-$85,000 engineering degree and/or experience as a pilot or mechanic FAA
Scheduling Coordinator $14,000-$36,000 college degree preferred; experience helpful airlines
Station Manager $12,000-$31,000 high school diploma; experience preferred airlines
Airline and Airport Services
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Air Freight/Cargo Agent $15,000-$31,000 high school diploma, shipping experience airlines, air freight operators
Baggage Handlers $14,500-$31,200 high school diploma airlines
Cargo Handlers $14,500-$31,200 high school diploma airlines, air freight companies
Customer Service Representative $18,000-$31,200 high school diploma, business experience airlines
Flight Attendant Careers
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Flight Attendant $23,700-$69,000 high school diploma, special training; college preferred airlines
Passenger Service Agent $18,000-$31,000 high school diploma; experience helpful airlines
Reservation Sales Agent $12,000-$38,600 high school diploma; two years college preferred airlines
Sky Cap $13,200-$25,200 high school diploma airports, airlines
Ticket Agent $18,500-$31,200 high school diploma; two years college preferred airlines
Food Service
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Food Preparer $9-$13/hour high school diploma; health certificate required airlines, airline caterers, airports
Operations Supervisor $25,000-$90,000 college degree in field industry-wide
Health Services
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Aviation Medical Examiner $65,000-$90,000 medical degree airlines, NASA, FAA, military, private practice
Flight Physician $65,000-$90,000 medical degree airlines, NASA, FAA, military, private practice
Law-Related Services
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Accident Investigator $21,000-$60,000 college degree, industry experience National Transportation Safety Board, FAA, insurance companies
Aviation Attorney $16,000-$120,000 law degree FAA, airlines, governments, private law firms
Customs Agent $23,000-$44,000 college degree U.S. Customs Service
Drug Enforcement Agent $23,000-$60,000 college degree, special training; experience preferred Drug Enforcement Administration
Inspector $16,640-$62,400 high school diploma construction companies, airport consultants, governments
Security Officer $12,000-$24,000 high school diploma, special training airlines, airports
Security Specialist $15,000-$48,000 high school diploma, law enforcement experience FAA
Sky Marshal $15,000-$65,000 high school diploma, police academy, law enforcement experience FAA
Office Professionals
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Administrative Assistant $10,000-$30,000 high school diploma industry-wide
Information Systems Specialist $20,000-$60,000 college degree industry-wide
Secretary $10,000-$30,000 high school diploma industry-wide
Travel Agent $3.50/hour-$36,000 high school diploma, special training travel agencies, government
Pilot Careers
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Agricultural Pilot $20,000-$70,000 high school diploma, special training, and license agricultural operators, large farms
Air Taxi Pilot $9-$18/hour college preferred FBOs, air taxi operators
Air Traffic Reporting Pilot $18,000-$40,000 college preferred radio and TV stations, traffic reporting companies
Astronaut $42,000-$80,000 engineering, physical science, physics, or similar advanced degree NASA
Corporate Pilot $19,400-$115,000 college preferred; most require four-year degree companies with flight departments
Flight Instructor $12,300-$40,530 high school diploma flight schools
Helicopter Pilot $29,000-$57,000 college preferred; most require four-year degree helicopter operators, corporate flight departments
Major/National Airline Pilot $23,000-$250,000 college preferred; most require four-year degree major and national airlines
Military Pilot $21,290-$99,000 college degree U.S. Armed Forces
Regional Airline Pilot $16,500-$60,000 college preferred; most require four-year degree regional airlines
Test Pilot $15,000-$200,000 college preferred FAA, airlines, aircraft manufacturing plants, government agencies
Scientific and Technical Services
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Architect $22,000-$60,000 architecture degree airports, architecture firms
Cartographer $16,000-$48,000 cartography degree National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, federal and state governments, private companies
Meteorologist $17,000-$47,000 meteorology degree; experience preferred National Weather Service, airlines, private weather companies
Technicians (Electronics, Radar, Navigation) $13,000-$54,000 high school diploma, special training FAA, independent contractors
Scientific and Technical Services (Engineers)
Job Salary Requirements Employers
Aeronautical Engineer $17,000-$54,500 engineering degree aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
Aerospace Engineer $17,000-$54,500 engineering degree aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
Civil Engineer $17,000-$54,500 engineering degree aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
Electrical Engineer $17,000-$54,500 engineering degree aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
Mechanical Engineer $17,000-$54,500 engineering degree aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA

Inform students that there are many aviation opportunities here in Kentucky. The following contacts may help in deciding postsecondary education options:

Aviation Maintenance School in Kentucky
Somerset Community College
230 Airport Road
Somerset, KY 42501
(606) 677-4049
www.somcc.kctcs.edu/DC_AMT.html
EKU Whalin Technology Complex
University Dr.
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 622-3232
www.technology.eku.edu/courses/courses.html
Eastern Kentucky University Aviation Program
245 Whalin Complex
521 Lancaster Ave.
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 622-1014
www.aviation.eku.edu/

Review with students some of the available career options and what aviation means.

Follow up with the open-response activity.

Instructional Support/Resources/Materials

Open-Response Assessment

Prompt:
You are interested in a particular career in aviation (you decide which) and have noticed that there is an entry-level opening in the classifieds at an establishment near you. You have just begun thinking of the possibility of a career in this position and have not yet begun formal education in the field. The classified ad states that no experience or college education is necessary—only a high school diploma and an interest.

Directions:
Create a trial résumé to send to this agency. Include objective, education, special skills, interests, and a list of references. Attach a cover letter that describes your personality and why the company should hire you. Define the position clearly, and explain why you fit the position.

Open-Response Scoring Guide

4 Student exhibits extensive understanding of the concepts and vocabulary of aviation careers, résumés, and cover letters while consistently and effectively communicating this knowledge and understanding with the use of insightful details.
3 Student exhibits broad understanding of the concepts and vocabulary of aviation careers, résumés, and cover letters while effectively communicating this knowledge and understanding with the use of insightful details.
2 Student exhibits basic understanding of the concepts and vocabulary of aviation careers, résumés, and cover letters while somewhat effectively communicating this knowledge and understanding with the use of some details.
1 Student exhibits minimal understanding of the concepts and vocabulary of aviation careers, résumés, and cover letters while ineffectively communicating this knowledge and understanding with the use of no details.
0 Blank, no answer, or irrelevant response.

Portfolio-Appropriate Writing for the Lesson

Transactive: Write a letter to a person in an aviation career stating your interest in his or her field and inviting an opportunity for the two of you to talk about the career so that you can get answers to your questions to help you make an educated decision in your career choice.

Transactive: Write a feature article for your local newspaper, detailing the many careers in aviation and how these positions affect our economy and our lives.

Extensions for Diverse Learners

Applications Across the Curriculum

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