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    This two-year program prepares students for continued education towards an Associate Degree and/or an Airframe and Power Plant Certification.  Students may also enter immediate employment in the aircraft maintenance industry following program completion.  Students following this career path may be employed by the airlines, aircraft manufacturing companies, repair stations, the United States military, and general aviation fixed base operators. Internship opportunities during the 2nd semester of their senior year are available for the qualified candidate.


Program Instructor




    Mr. Anthony Asher graduated from Airframe and Powerplant School in January 2009.  He was hired by ExpressJet in June 2009, a regional airline that flies for Delta, United, and American airlines. Mr. Asher spent his first year in Shreveport, Louisiana, working heavy C-Check maintenance before earning a position working line maintenance in Chicago, Illinois.  He spent the next four years at Chicago O’Hare International Airport working as a line mechanic, maintenance coordinator, and lead mechanic. In the spring of 2014 he earned the lead mechanic position at KCI, working until the closing of the ExpressJet base in 2015. He then transferred across the hangar to Aviation Technical Services where he worked as a flight control mechanic for three months prior to starting the Northland Career Center Aviation Technology program.


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Aviation students working

Areas of Study

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    • Aircraft Blueprints/Drawings
    • Avionics
    • Aircraft Structure/Composition
    • Aircraft Sheet Metal and Welding
    • Aircraft Systems and Components
    • Safety and Human Factors


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Career Opportunities


    Hourly Wage

    Average Salary

    Avionics Technician

    $ 22.67

    $ 47,154

    Aviation Maintenance Technician

    $ 23.31

    $ 48,485

    Aircraft, Structure, Surfaces,



    Rigging and Systems Assemblers

    $ 25.58

    $ 53,208

    Airfield Operations Specialist

    $ 26.92

    $ 56,000

    Aviation Inspectors

    $ 41.63

    $ 86,583

    Air Traffic Controllers

    $ 58.91

    $ 122,530

    *Occupational Outlook Handbook, May 2014