Aviation Maintenance Technology

  • Credits
    100
  • Degree Type
    A.A.S.
  • Campus Location
    TRF

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.

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.

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Career Opportunities

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.

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

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Program Course Listings

Semester order by campus: Thief River Falls

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
TOTAL CREDITS: 100
 

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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. English course requirements are listed in the curriculum summary. Arithmetic assessment scores must be greater than or equal to 50 or students must complete MATH 0080 or a higher level course.

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.

Program Accreditation

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

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