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Aviation Maintenance Technology

  • Credits
    88
  • Degree Type
    Diploma
  • Campus Location
    TRF
  • No Laptop RequiredLaptop NOT Required

The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program concentrates on aircraft Airframe and Powerplant maintenance to prepare students to test for certification as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) maintenance technician.

Red PlaneAviation Maintenance Technology concentrates on aircraft airframe and powerplant maintenance to prepare the student to test for certification as a Federal Aviation Administration airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. Students receive hands-on training in modern and well-equipped facilities. More than 20 aircraft, including two Boeing 727s, two DC-9's, a Sabreliner, twin-engine turbo props, three "Huey" turbine-powered helicopters, as well as Piper, Cessna, and Beechcraft piston-powered light aircraft are used in the studentís training.

The diploma program concentrates training on all facets of repair and inspection in electrical, pressurization, hydraulics, instruments, navigation, and engine systems.


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Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The program minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 64
Arithmetic: 50

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
AVIA 1101 Aviation Basics 6 credits
AVIA 1102 Math & Physics 2 credits
AVIA 1104 Weight & Balance 2 credits
AVIA 1105 Basic Electricity 5 credits
AVIA 1107 Inspection/Treatment 3 credits
AVIA 1110 Shop Tools/Hardware 1 credits
AVIA 1120 Airframe Inspection 3 credits
AVIA 1121 Nonmetallic Structures 5 credits
AVIA 1123 Sheet Metal 6 credits
AVIA 1125 Hydraulics/Landing Gear 6 credits
AVIA 1127 Environ/Assembly/Rigging 6 credits
AVIA 2201 Reciprocating Theory/Main 7 credits
AVIA 2203 Turbine Eng Theory/Maint 7 credits
AVIA 2205 Ign/Fuel Metering/Pwrplt 8 credits
AVIA 2207 Propellers/Pwrplt Inspec 5 credits
AVIA 2223 Fire/Fuel/Instr Systems 4 credits
AVIA 2225 Electric Troubleshooting 8 credits
CRLT 2103 Job Seeking/Keeping 1 credits
SSCI 1101 Human Relations 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 88 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes


  1. Student will successfully pass the required FAA testing required of an Airframe and Power plant Mechanic.

  2. Student will utilize appropriate technology as it pertains to the aviation industry.

  3. Student will interpret various FAA Regulations that apply to maintenance in the aviation industry.

  4. Student will apply appropriate safety work habits and procedures.

  5. Student will apply principles of troubleshooting for various aircraft maintenance tasks.

  6. Student will demonstrate the proper use of hand tools appropriate to the industry.

  7. Student will use technical information provided by various aircraft manufactures to perform aircraft maintenance.

  8. Student will document various maintenance tasks according to the FAA Regulations.

  9. Student will read and interpret technical information found in the aircraft records.

  10. Student will demonstrate the necessary skills to properly maintain an aircraft in an airworthy condition.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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Northland has a first rate placement record. Numerous companies contact Northland to recruit graduates for jobs. Some of those companies include:


  • Atlantic Coast Airlines Cessna
  • Columbia Helicopters Continental Airlines
  • Delta Mesaba
  • Timco
  • UND Aerospace
  • Pinnacle


Most aviation employers offer competitive compensation packages including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plans, paid holidays, vacations, sick leave, & flight benefits.


The employment outlook for aircraft mechanics in the state of Minnesota from 2010-2020 is 5%, a low growth career.

Program Faculty

Aerospace Site

  • Richard Chapman
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology Instructor
  • (218) 683-8806
  • Dexter Gonsorowski
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology Instructor
  • (218) 683-8807
  • Jeffery Krein
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology Instructor
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  • Bob Wold
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology Instructor
  • (218) 683-8808