Aviation Maintenance Technology

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

Program Description

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 a Boeing 727s, two DC-9's, a Sabreliner, twin-engine turbo prop Mitsubishi MU-2, a Bell 206 turbine-powered helicopter, as well as Piper, Cessna, and Beechcraft piston-powered 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:

  • Wipaire, Inc.
  • Delta
  • UND Aerospace
  • Compass Airlines
  • Air Corps Aviation
  • Fargo Jet Center
  • Bismarck Aero Center
  • Endeavor Air
  • AAR

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
SSCI 1101 Human Relations 3

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