Pilot Cadet Program

The SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program provides a clear career path for exceptional pilots with a desire to lead. By joining forces with extraordinary aviation schools and universities, SkyWest provides students with unmatched opportunities toward becoming one of SkyWest Airlines’ more than 3,000 professional pilots.

Retained Date of Hire

Pilot cadets who meet the program’s requirements will receive a conditional offer of employment with SkyWest Airlines. Cadets will be assigned a date of hire and company ID. Pilot seniority will begin with the first day of ground school. Pilot cadets will have priority seniority within initial ground school as they transition into a position as a SkyWest pilot. 

SkyWest Mentorship

Cadets will enjoy a close association with SkyWest pilots through our pilot mentorship program, getting specific and current information on all aspects of becoming a SkyWest pilot. Mock interviews may be administered to further develop each cadet professionally. The cadets may also have the opportunity to participate in SkyWest recruiting events and outreach programs with associated institutions and within their own community. 

Guaranteed SkyWest Interview

Upon successful completion of the program and satisfactory completion of the ATP written, a guaranteed final interview for a first officer position will be administered by the SkyWest’s Flight Operations pilot interview team. 

Students in the Pilot Cadet Program must maintain a minimum grade point average, complete advanced jet training courses and attain the FAA ratings of Commercial Pilot/Instrument and Multi-Engine, and Certified Flight Instructor.  

The SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program is preparing the next generation of exceptional pilots, and promotes the attitude, professionalism, and leadership found among the ranks of SkyWest pilots. The SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program is your opportunity to launch an incredible career at SkyWest Airlines. 

SkyWest Airlines currently provides the Pilot Cadet Program through the following Schools:

Coast Flight Academy
Pinnacle Aviation Academy
California Baptist University
University of Dubuque
Western Michigan University
Channel Island
Mazzei Flying Service
Rocky Mountain College
LeTourneau University
The Ohio State University
Liberty University School of Aeronautics