Aviation Maintenance Technology

  • Credits: 88
  • Degree Type: Diploma
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

Program Overview

Aviation 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 student's training.

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


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.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as an Aviation Maintenance Tech in the state of Minnesota is $26.72 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately -6.4%, a shrinking career.

Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
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

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