Bachelor of Technology (Aviation)

Program no longer available for admission. Only available to continuing students


Soar to New Heights with Aviation

Are you interested in becoming a pilot, navigator or air traffic controller in the Australian Defence Force (ADF)? Take flight in your career and discover the opportunities available in aviation by studying a Bachelor of Technology (Aviation) at UNSW Canberra at ADFA.

The Bachelor of Technology (Aviation) is the perfect launchpad for an exciting career as a Pilot, Air Combat Officer, Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer or a Joint Battlefield Airspace Controller. A key focus of this program is the role of people in a technologically advanced and complex aviation system.  

Courses in aerodynamics and aviation systems incorporate problem-based learning informed by academic research and industrial practice. Electives and a final semester project will enable you to pursue your interests both within and outside the Technology (Aviation) discipline. 

Study Aviation at UNSW Canberra at ADFA

As a Bachelor of Technology (Aviation) student at UNSW Canberra, you will develop a deep understanding of the technological and human systems behind the safe and efficient operation of aircrafts.

In your first year of study you’ll build a solid foundation in science and engineering, sharing common core courses with other technology and engineering students. In your second and third years, you will explore the interface between technology, individuals and organisations in the aviation industry. 

With various electives to choose from you can pursue interests both within and beyond aviation. You’ll work on a final semester project, to build your problem-solving skills and apply your knowledge in engineering, technology and aviation. 

World-Class Teaching & Facilities

As an Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Trainee Officer, you’ll have access to purpose-built workshops and facilities, and benefit from the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia. Our teachers are experienced practitioners and collaborate closely with industry to ensure our graduates possess the skills to meet the needs of the workplace. Working alongside leading experts, you’ll gain the hands-on experience required to meet the global challenges of the future.  

What Our Students Say

"My UNSW Canberra degree is providing me with aircraft knowledge that will be relevant for me throughout my career – from theories surrounding flight, to instructions on how to fly, through to air-traffic management. It will also provide me with the ability to interact confidently with engineers and senior pilots and to assess aircraft technicalities."

Annaliese Palmer, Bachelor of Technology (Aviation) Student





Take Flight in Your Defence Career

As a UNSW Canberra at ADFA graduate with a technology degree in aviation, you’ll be prepared for a range of ADF roles, including:


  • Helicopter Pilot
  • Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer

Air Force

  • Air Traffic Controller (mission controller)
  • Ground Defence Officer
  • Mission Aircrew
  • Pilot

For Pilots, the practical flying components of training are undertaken after graduating from ADFA.