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Any Commerical Pilots With Degrees In Engineering?  
User currently offlineTu144d From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 198 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7170 times:

Are there any people out there who decide to become commerical pilots after pursuing degrees in engineering. For instance, i will graduate next year with a B.S. in Aero/Astro and i quite honestly, although i love my major I am considering becoming a professional pilot. Is it too late for me?

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User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2636 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7154 times:

A good friend of mine is a Captain with America West, and has a degree in (I think) Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. He worked for a while in the automotive industry before starting a flying career. Unless you're past 60, it's never too late. The industry is certainly in a slump now, but that makes it a great time to get your ratings and build time for the inevitable hiring boom to come in the future.


One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
User currently offlineBuckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7126 times:

There are many here who are flying with me now that have degrees in all kinds of engineering. You name it, we have it.

There are many who have asked the same question you did in a much tougher predicament, and still made a career out of it.

In effect, you're very well placed to be a pilot, as long as you have the heart for it. I wish you luck.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6210 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7086 times:

No, it's definitely not too late for you.

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineRacers22 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7077 times:

An instructor at the airport I used to work at graduated with a degree in civil engineering and worked for a firm for four years before deciding he didn't like it.

User currently offlineToner From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7022 times:

An engineering degree is an asset.

I hold a BSNS.

User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6985 times:

I'm currently a mechanical engineering student at UCLA with plans of pursuing a career as an airline pilot. I've never actually considered being an engineer. I'm just using the degree to gain background and attend college.

User currently offlineEssentialPowr From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1820 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6973 times:

There are many furloughed pilots that have BS degrees in "Aviation Science" that are sacking groceries right now b/c they don't know what net present value means, let alone a Reynolds number. An engineering degree will prove to be a tremendous resource, as the credentials enable one to do anything from hard science engineering to operations, accounting, safety etc...

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