Aviation Maintenance Technology

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

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 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 1107 Inspection/Treatment 3
AVIA 1120 Airframe Inspection 3
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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