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Master's in Flight Test Engineering At Florida Tech

Become an Expert in Corporate and Commercial Aviation

The Flight Test Engineering Program seeks to expand the student’s knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of Aircraft Flight Testing. Flight test engineering involves performance evaluation of existing aircraft, rather than designing aircraft to meet performance specifications. Core courses teach engineers how to test an aircraft safely, measure aircraft performance and determine aircraft flying qualities. Students learn the necessary measurement techniques, instrumentation and data analysis methods required to collect and reduce flight test data to standard atmospheric conditions and then expand those results for publication in pilots operating handbooks. Flight test results are also used for improving the design of future aircraft. Additionally, students learn how to test and evaluate various aircraft mechanical and electrical subsystems including propulsion, structure and avionics.

With a master’s in flight test engineering from Florida Tech students advance their knowledge of flight operations to prepare for careers in the military, government agencies and private sector aviation manufacturers.

Exceptional Learning Environment

For more than 50 years, Florida Tech has been a leader in engineering and technical education. Students in the master’s in flight test engineering program have an opportunity to choose specialized subject matter concentrations and electives that best suit their interests. The program enhances understanding of trending topics and technology in the aviation arena. Plus, small class sizes allow professors to mentor students in a close-knit academic environment. 


With a master’s in flight test engineering, graduates can enter career opportunities within various branches of the military, government agencies (such as the FAA and NASA) as well as private aviation companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing or Northrop Grumman. Graduates might also use their knowledge to work in aircraft systems design, safety engineering, or teach.