Aviation Maintenance Technology

  • Credits: 100
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • 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.

After completing this degree, students can then transfer to a four-year institution to complete their Bachelors Degree requirements. NCTC has articulation agreements with a number of area institutions including the University of North Dakota, St. Cloud State University, Metropoitan State University, Minnesota State University-Mankato, and Winona State University.


Northland Community & Technical College 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, and 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 Course Listings

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
AVIA 1101 Aviation Basics 6
AVIA 1102 Math & Physics 2
AVIA 1104 Weight & Balance 2
AVIA 1105 Basic Electricity 5
AVIA 1107 Inspection/Treatment 3
AVIA 1110 Shop Tools/Hardware 1
AVIA 1120 Airframe Inspection 3
AVIA 1121 Nonmetallic Structures 5
AVIA 1123 Sheet Metal 6
AVIA 1125 Hydraulics/Landing Gear 6
AVIA 1127 Environ/Assembly/Rigging 6
AVIA 2201 Reciprocating Theory/Main 7
AVIA 2203 Turbine Eng Theory/Maint 7
AVIA 2205 Ign/Fuel Metering/Pwrplt 8
AVIA 2207 Propellers/Pwrplt Inspec 5
AVIA 2223 Fire/Fuel/Instr Systems 4
AVIA 2225 Electric Troubleshooting 8
CRLT 2103 Job Seeking/Keeping 1
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
ENGL 1112 Composition II 3
  G5: History/Social Elec 3
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec 3
  G3:Natural Sci or G4:Math 3

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