Public Affairs, The California State University

Expanding the Transportation Industry

By Stephanie Thara

Whether it is working with airplanes for an airline or navigating a vessel full of cargo, the CSU provides students with the education and training they need to excel in careers in transportation.

Cal State L.A.’s Aviation Administration program provides students with an interactive learning environment with industry-driven curriculum and state-of-the-art classrooms, software and laboratories that will help prepare them for an aviation management career.

San Jose State Aviation Program San José State’s Department of Aviation and Technology prepares students for a career in avionics, aviation management, maintenance management or operations. As the only flight operations program in California, San José State focuses on giving future pilots the hands-on experience they need to become talented professionals in the field.

“We have a cost effective and high quality program for young people who want to become pilots,” said Seth Bates, chair of the department of aviation and technology at San José State.

The program maintains a flight center at Reid-Hillview Airport where students work on aircrafts, becoming proficient in everything from the wing control system to the electronic functions that compose an aircraft. Additionally, the university houses simulation labs where students can learn to fly.

“Being centrally located in the Silicon Valley, the number of internships available with local aviation companies is endless,” said Bates. “In fact, ninety percent of our operations students are employed before they even graduate.”

Cal Maritime Marine Transportation Program In addition to giving students the tools they need to soar in the aviation industry, the CSU offers programs that train students to become masters of the sea. Cal Maritime’s Department of Marine Transportation gives students the practical skills and traits necessary to become leaders in the maritime industry by offering practical and theoretical training at sea, in simulators and in the classroom.

Cadets also learn basic seamanship skills by training on three to four cruises during their study at Cal Maritime. Curriculum consists of everything from learning how to tie knots to becoming an expert in running modern navigational equipment. Students learn the ins and outs of the maritime industry by working on TS Golden Bear (Cal Maritime’s 500-foot official training ship), commercial vessels, large tankers, small supply boats and tugboats.