Degree takes students to heights
THE CQUniversity Aviation Degree has taken to new heights over the past two years, with numbers growing rapidly for the course.
The highly in demand course only had 14 students two years ago but this year the degree boasts 54 students.
CQUniversity senior lecturer, aviation technology, Ron Bishop said the program had become a popular choice for many reasons.
“One of the things is the shortage in the aviation industry,” he said.
But Mr Bishop said the appeal did not stop there with other reasons to take on the career including an attractive lifestyle, pay and plenty of travel.
“It’s fast-paced, you have to think on your feet and there is low margin for error,” he said.
He said the degree was important because it gave students the tertiary background to work in the aviation industry.
Mr Bishop said aviation was in the hearts of many Bundaberg residents.
“I really believe because of our history people are doing the course and because of Bert Hinkler,” Mr Bishop said.
“We make the Jabirus here and everyone is aviation-minded.”
“Bundaberg even has the largest civilian air show in Australia every two years.”
Mr Bishop said the degrees’ flexibility also meant international students were choosing the degree over any other in Australia.
“We are really flexible and the whole degree can be done online,” he said.
“Some of the aviation courses can even be taken while in high school through the Start Uni Now program.”
Richard Colborne is completing the degree at CQUniveristy, but took advantage of the Start Uni Now program in Year 12.
While students can take on different roles after the degree from flying big jets to local charters, Mr Colborne has other ideas.
He has his eyes set on flying for the defence force, but said there was also an appeal to be based locally and fly the Lady Elliot airline service.
His love of aeroplanes came from a young age, but said he never thought he would be a pilot.