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Aircraft Mechanic

Posted on: May 22, 2024
Equipment Technician – Mechanic
  • Full Time
  • Brookings
  • June 28, 2024

Website South Dakota State University

Join the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Aviation Program as an Aircraft Mechanic and become an integral part of our team responsible for the inspection and maintenance of the SDSU training aircraft fleet. Enjoy variety in your work from performing preventative maintenance to conducting detailed inspections. This position will also play a key role in guiding students on safety practices and procedures and fostering a culture of excellence. If you’re passionate about aviation and committed to upholding the highest standards of safety and maintenance, come join us and help shape the future of aviation education at SDSU. This position is located in Brookings, South Dakota and is a 12-month, full-time, benefits-eligible position. 

The School of Health and Consumer Sciences (HCS) Aviation Education program is committed to preparing safe, innovative, and professional aviation educators who enhance human potential through transdisciplinary, learner-centered education in South Dakota and beyond. We assure this by forming multi-engine commercial pilots and instructors who can apply their core educational experience to the aviation profession.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.  Sponsorship is not available for this position.


Assist the Chief Aircraft Mechanic and Assistant Chief Aircraft Mechanic in the inspection and maintenance of the SDSU training aircraft fleet while maintaining aircraft under strict rules and regulations in place by the Federal Aviation Administration.

  • Perform and plan preventative aircraft maintenance.
  • Perform 100-hour inspections, annual inspections, progressive inspections, 50-hour inspections.
  • Maintain Federal Aviation Administration required records.
  • Guide students on the safety practices and procedures of the maintenance team and flight line. 


Commensurate with qualifications. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 6% matching, 10 hours of annual leave each month, 9.34 hours of sick leave each month, and eleven paid holidays.  Relocation benefits are available per university’s guidelines. 


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with over $60 million annual research expenditures, more than 200 academic programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. We offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusions and access.  The university is part of a dynamic community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, which offers an abundance of attractions and activities.  South Dakota State University offers a wide range of excellent benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave.  Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


  • Technical degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology or related field completed by first date of employment;
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician certification;
  • Airframe and Powerplant Certification;
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills; and
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel. 


  • Ability to earn FAA IA certification within two years of employment. 


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by June 28, 2024.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:  https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”  This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.  

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.   It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students.  This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact search committee chair, Zachary Boyle, at zachary.boyle@sdstate.edu.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone: (605) 688-4128.

To apply for this job please visit yourfuture.sdbor.edu.