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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 20-month Aviation Maintenance Technology 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 and Powerplant certification at the end of your second year.

As a student of Aviation Maintenance Technology, 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 $23.40 per hour, just six months after graduation!

Lake Area Technical College’s Aviation Program has received many esteemed awards for program and faculty excellence. In October 2013, Aviation Maintenance Technology Department Supervisor Greg Klein received the prestigious SD Technician of the Year by the FAA. Read more here.

In April 2021, Aviation Maintenance Technology Department Supervisor Greg Klein was named the American Technical Education Association 2021 Outstanding Technical Teacher of the Year. Greg’s tenure began as a graduate of the Lake Area Tech Aviation Maintenance program and, for the last 26 years, as an instructor and Department Supervisor.  The award is presented to a full-time postsecondary technical education instructor whose performance and contributions are exceptional. Innovative teaching strategies must be apparent and involvement with business and industry is essential. Read more here.

Lake Area Technical College’s curriculum for Aviation Maintenance Technology meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in South Dakota and many other states. Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. Prospective or current students considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification are strongly encouraged to seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in the state you plan to work before beginning an affiliated academic program. Read more here regarding Professional Licensure Disclosures.

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