The aviation management major is designed to build upon technical training in aviation maintenance, flight, avionics technology, air traffic control, aircraft operations support or other aviation-related fields. The technical training may be gained through Southern Illinois University Carbondale, other post-secondary institutions, proprietary schools, military, government agencies, or through government certified flight or maintenance training schools. Students entering the Aviation Management major are encouraged to complete the requirements of an aviation-related associate degree under the provision of the Capstone option. As an alternative to an associate degree in aviation, students in aviation management should have aviation-related work experience, internship experience or technical training. It should also be noted that SIU is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to certify its graduates for an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with reduced aeronautical minimums. The Aviation Management program is one of two SIU programs included in this approval.