Aeronautics and Engineering

The College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) at Kent State University offers Bachelor of Science degrees in the following areas: Aeronautics, Aerospace, and Engineering.

Academic Programs

At the Kent Campus, the College of Aeronautics and Engineering offers programs accredited by these agencies: the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT), the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the following areas:

Bachelor of Science


  • Aeronautics

Aeronautical Studies
Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology
Air Traffic Control
Aviation Management
Flight Technology

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Engineering

Applied Engineering Technology Management
Computer Engineering Technology
Liquid Crystal and Display Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Robotic Design


  • Aviation Management
  • Aircraft Dispatch
  • Aviation Weather
  • Flight Technology
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Electronic Technology
  • Innovation
  • Safety, Quality and Lean in Manufacturing
  • Sustainability
  • Technology

Aeronautics offers the largest flight training program in Ohio and has a solid articulation agreement with seven local high schools and two technical career centers. It has bridge agreements with two regional airlines to ease the transition to its graduates from academics to the workforce.

Applied Engineering is the application of engineering, design, technical and management skills for the design, manufacturing and integration of products and systems, the improvement of manufacturing processes, and the management of physical and/or technical functions of the organization.


The College of Aeronautics and Engineering is located in the Aeronautics and Technology Building on the Science Mall of the Esplanade. The college maintains student laboratories, 2 computer labs, classrooms and a student services office. Key facilities include an ATC lab, three flight simulators, laboratories for computer-aided manufacturing, automation, analog and digital electronics, microprocessor systems development and foundry and the university-owned airport located four miles west of campus.

Internship Opportunities 

Although internships are not required for all majors, students are encouraged to complete an internship to gain on-the-job experience. Internships allow students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to nonacademic situations. Internships are great as résumé builders and, in many cases, students are hired by the companies for which they have interned. Some companies where students have interned include:

Akron-Canton Regional Airport
Delta Airlines
Express Jet, LLC
GPO Group
Mercury Plastics
Quality Resources
A. Schulman Inc.

Job Outlook For Graduates

All areas of study are developed with students’ job and careers in mind. While the employment outlook for a graduate is dependent on the economy and market demands (which vary for different areas of study), in a good economic environment many students can find a job in their area before or immediately after graduation, and the majority can find a job within a year of graduation. The salary range is dependent on the job. The average salary for new graduates from all areas of the college is in the range of $40 to $80K. The cooperative education course gives students the opportunity to work in a business or industry related to their major. This gives students real-world experience, making them more attractive to prospective employers. The college also has active student chapters of various professional organizations, which provide the opportunities to network with professionals in industry and with other students.

Scholarships And Financial Aid

The college has nine departmental, merit based scholarships for which students can apply. In addition, students have the opportunity to be selected for other competitive scholarships at local, state and national levels contingent upon their program of study. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid to assist with tuition, room and board and other fees associated with the various programs offered by the college.

Student Organizations

Student organizations provide the opportunities for students to develop specialty skills, teamwork and leadership. Students are encouraged to be involved in the following organizations:

  • Alpha Eta Rho International Fraternity for aviation students
  • American Association of Airport Executives
  • American Foundry Society (KSU-AFS)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT)
  • Flying Club
  • Precision Flight Team
  • Robotics Club
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Student Air Traffic Controllers Association (SATCA)
  • Women in Aviation International (WAI)