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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.

Students in programs which customarily lead to professional licensure are responsible for determining whether or not this program or course meets requirements for licensure in the state in which the student resides or intends to reside upon graduation. We encourage you to contact the licensure agency noted above for additional information or the program faculty for assistance.

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