Aviation Programs

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Be a part of the exciting field of aviation! Students of our Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified program can look forward to: excellent pay, unique travel privileges, attractive fringe benefits, and the ability to work anywhere in the world.

As a graduate of our 19 month Aviation Maintenance program, you will be a certified A&P (Airframe & Powerplant) Mechanic. You will be eligible to test for your FAA Airframe certification at the end of your first year andPowerplant certification at the end of second year.

As a student of Aviation Maintenance, you will study a wide variety of subjects; from physics and aerodynamics, welding, aircraft drawings, and piston and turbine engines, to aircraft structures and their systems. Students have the option to obtain the Associate of Applied Science degree by successfully completing the required courses.

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According to our latest Placement Report, graduates of our AVM program are earning an average wage of $23.97 per hour, just six months after graduation!

FAA Diamond AwardThe LATI Aviation Department has received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificate of Excellence Diamond Award for five consecutive years. This incentive program is meant to encourage aviation maintenance employees and employers to participate aggressively in available maintenance training. The Diamond Award is the highest award granted by the FAA for aviation maintenance technicians.

Award of ExcellenceLake Area Technical Institute’s Aviation Program has been honored by the South Dakota Division of Workforce and Career Preparation. The program received the South Dakota Director’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in 1999 and the South Dakota State Exemplary Program Award – T and I Division 2002. In October 2013, Aviation Maintenance Technology Department Supervisor Greg Klein received the prestigious SD Technician of the Year by the FAA. Read more here.

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Professional Fixed Wing Pilot

Lake Area Tech’s new 18-month Professional Fixed Wing Pilot Associate of Applied Science degree is designed for students interested in a career in the professional pilot industry. The program will prepare individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the field of aviation relative to employment as a professional fixed-wing pilot. Students will be trained in the areas of: aerodynamics, private pilot simulation, private pilot flight training, private pilot ground school, aviation safety, federal air regulations, instrument rating ground/simulation/flight, commercial pilot ground/flight training, instrument instructor ground/flight training, airspace systems, airspace operations, and flight instructor ground/flight training.  Professional pilots often own and manage their own business however, other career possibilities include employment with corporate flight departments, charter or cargo operators, agricultural flying, flight schools, or with a government agency or military service.

The Professional Fixed Wing Pilot program will include a combination of classroom instruction, simulation lab experiences, and flight training. The program will also utilize the Watertown Regional Airport and Lake Area Tech training facilities for flight training.

The Professional Fixed-Wing Pilot program works closely with an industry advisory board composed of representatives from the aviation industry and potential employers.

*Please note, as the program is new some information is subject to change.

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