About our program

Green River designed its Aviation Technology program to provide students with a real-world education and competitive advantages in the job market.

Advanced technology, exceptional instructors, and specialized Federal Aviation Administration-approved programs prepare students of every experience level with a foundation in aviation weather, air transportation, air traffic control, English and Math.


Redbird Motion Simulator
Log training and classroom hours in this full-motion flight simulator. Five wraparound screens combine with an electric motion platform and a customizable instrument deck for realistic training.

Air Traffic Control Lab
Green River Aviation houses the only air traffic control lab in the Pacific Northwest. Advanced computer software simulates real-life air traffic so students gain exposure to the air traffic environment in the classroom.

Wind Tunnel
Learn the aerodynamics of aircrafting right on campus with a wind tunnel that simulates the movement of air around an aircraft in flight


CTI Program

Green River Aviation is one of 36 institutions selected by the FAA for the Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program.

The CTI program establishes an official partnership between the FAA and select aviation education programs. Green River recommends its students to the FAA for hire as air traffic controllers, granting students an advantage in the extremely competitive hiring process. Successful program completion and selection by the FAA can potentially feed directly into air traffic controller training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma.

There are additional requirements students must meet beyond acceptance to Green River's Aviation Technology program to participate in the CTI program.


The following industry leaders are located in close proximity to campus:

  • Boeing field
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • Renton Field
  • Seatac Airport
  • Local air traffic control facilities

Veteran Friendly

Green River Community College is a vet-friendly institution and Aviation Technology provides remarkable assistance and accommodation to U.S. veterans. Contact Veterans Services to find out exactly how you can benefit from the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. At this time, GRC is not accepting the Post-9/11 GI Bill® for any flight training program. This funding may be used for non-flight aviation AAS degrees.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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Aviation Technology is located at Green River College's Auburn Center at 1221 D Street NE, Auburn, WA 98002

Faculty Listing Courses


  • Occupations: Air Traffic Controller, Professional Controller, Air Traffic Control Specialist
  • Earnings: Range from $41.75 to $60.25 an hour, enry to mid-level.


  • Occupations: Airport Management, Airport Operations Coordinator
  • Earnings: Range from $22.99 to $28.63 an hour, entry to mid-level.