Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

Median earnings


Projected job growth to 2024

+5% (National)
+4% (Michigan)


About the career

Depending upon interest, job opportunities in the aviation maintenance profession can include a wide array of settings, such as major or regional airlines, corporate aviation, and aerospace manufacturing. Maintenance professionals can also be self-employed entrepreneurs.  Opportunities are also available with civil government agencies and the Department of Defense.  Some employment opportunities require more travel than others, including international travel.. 

What you'll learn

giving you the hands-on experience you need to learn about keeping aircraft in top working condition and mastering the skills necessary to keep today’s aircraft flying safely. Hands-on experiences and fields of study include: piston and turbine engines, inspection, repair and operation; metal and composite aircraft fabrication, inspection, and repair; and hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, and electrical power. The teaching and learning concentrates on aircraft airframe and powerplant maintenance to prepare you to test for certification as a Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic.

NMU Degrees

Two-year certificate (72 credits)
Aviation Maintenance Technology
The aviation maintenance certificate program will prepare you for employment in the aviation maintenance eld as a mechanic, technician, and other hands-on related positions.

Two-year+ associate degree (87 credits)
Aviation Maintenance Technology

Students will complete the same technical courses as included in the certificate program, plus 16 credit hours of general education courses during additional semesters to further prepare for entry level management or supervisory positions in the aviation profession.


    Mark Matteson, mmatteso@nmu.edu, 906-227-1529, nmu.edu/tos

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