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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 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, 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.

Please contact us for more information on this program.

According to our latest Placement Report, graduates of our AVM program are earning an average wage of $21.88 per hour, just six months after graduation!

FAA Diamond Award

The Lake Area Tech 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 Excellence

Lake Area Technical College’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.

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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