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Educational Programs

Aircraft Technician


Program description

MCTC’s Aircraft Technician program will prepare you to perform extensive service, repair and detailed inspections on all types of aircraft while meeting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards. The program covers the content and provides the required clock hours to prepare you to take the FAA’s Aircraft & Powerplant (A&P) license exams.

Program start and location

The program starts once per year in the spring and runs for seven continuous semesters (spring, summer and fall sessions). Classes and labs are scheduled Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (with a lunch break). Courses are scheduled in blocks, taken in a sequential order. Breaks are scheduled throughout the year.

The program is housed at Delta Air Lines facilities at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, in Building C at 7500 Airline Drive.

Facility Tours

We offer 45-minute faculty-lead tours of the Delta Air Lines facilities at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. These tours provide an opportunity for you to see the work area and to learn more about the program training.


Tuition and fees are $253.95 per credit. The program is eligible for financial aid for qualified students.

Additional approximate costs include:

How You Apply

Complete MCTC’s online application for admission and select all six Aircraft Technician awards on the online application.

Degree options and requirements

In order to take the FAA A&P licensure exams, you must complete the four certificates listed below (total of 72 credits). Upon completion of 15 credits of general education coursework, you may also earn the two A.A.S. degrees listed below.

What you will learn

  • Through lecture and hands-on lab, you will learn to service, repair, and overhaul all aspects of aircraft systems, structures and engines to ensure safety, airworthiness condition and proper operation.
  • You will learn how to access information on specifications, diagnostics and troubleshooting techniques according to manufacturer manuals, Federal Aviation Regulations (F.A.R.s) and Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.s)
  • Since teamwork is critical in the aviation environment, you will learn about team-building and communication techniques, as well as valuable decision-making and deductive-reasoning skills.

Points of pride

  • MCTC’s Aircraft Technician program traces its history to WWII, when it prepared mechanics to work in Northwest Airlines’ Modification Center at Holman Field, where aircraft were altered for a variety of military duties.
  • MCTC began a public-private partnership with Delta Air Lines/Endeavor Air in 2013, when it received a grant award from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to relocate its program to facilities at Delta.
  • Our current instructors are all graduates of MCTC’s program and have extensive backgrounds in general and commercial aviation.

Where you could work

  • Major, regional  and charter airlines
  • Corporate aviation divisions
  • Airports
  • Aircraft overhaul facilities
  • Aircraft and aircraft equipment manufacturers
  • Government and military facilities
  • General aviation fixed base operations
  • Flight schools

Potential job titles

  • Aircraft Technician
  • Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic
  • Inspection Authorized (IA) Mechanic
  • Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR)
  • Aviation Maintenance Manager
  • Aviation Technical Writer

Occupational outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians is projected to hold steady from 2014 to 2024. Job prospects will be best for mechanics who hold an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

MCTC’s partner in our Aircraft Technician program is Delta Air Lines, the world’s largest airline, and is located in facilities near its maintenance hangars at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Delta’s third largest hub. Our program routinely incorporates learning opportunities made possible by this relationship, including guest speakers and training specific to commercial aviation.

MCTC also partners with the Minnesota Women in Aviation and its Learning Jet program to provide hands-on experience with commercial aircraft. Our faculty has decades-long background in general and commercial aviation and frequently utilize their connections to expand beyond-the-classroom opportunities for students.


This program is part of the School of Trade Technologies.

Contact us

Prospective and admitted students: Julie Nicholas, 612-659-6205
VA Benefits: Renee Cannon, 612-659-6769
Faculty: Paul Belvedere

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