Aviation

The love of flying and the pride of knowing that you kept travelers safe is what drives aviation maintenance technicians, pilots, navigators, UAS operators, designers, and more. Aviation is an ever-changing and high-demand career with new technologies being introduced frequently, commercial air travel increasing, and the use of small UAS vehicles (drones) being used in many sectors. Find out more about aviation careers, schools, educational resources, and more.

Airline Pilot

Fly or navigate airplanes or helicopters on scheduled routes.

State Median Salary

$97,132/YEAR

Future Outlook

5% GROWTH

Commercial Pilot

Fly or navigate airplanes or helicopters on non-scheduled routes.

State Median Salary

$76,500/YEAR

Future Outlook

5.3% GROWTH

Aircraft Maintenance Technician

Repair aircraft engines and other systems.

State Median Salary

$29.49/HOUR

Future Outlook

-6.4% GROWTH

Avionics Technicians

Install, inspect and test electronic equipment in aircraft.

State Median Salary

$27.87/HOUR

Future Outlook

-4.6% GROWTH

Participating Colleges

Minnesota State has 25 colleges with transportation related program pathways. Below is the list of colleges that support these career pathways. Expand each one to see what each college offers!

Campus Location
2101 Trinity Road, Duluth, MN 55811
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology (AAS, DIP)
  • Professional Pilot (AAS, DIP)
  • Aviation Management (AAS)
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Campus Location
1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Aviation Airframe Technician (AAS)
  • Aviation Powerplant Technician (AAS)
  • Aircraft General (CERT)
  • Aircraft Powerplant (CERT)
  • Aircraft Structures (CERT)
  • Aircraft Systems (CERT)
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Campus Location
328 Armstrong Hall Mankato, MN 56001
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Professional Flight (BS)
  • Aviation Management (BS)
  • Aeronautics (BS)
  • Aviation Minor
  • Aeronautics Minor
  • Private Flight Minor
  • Professional Pilot (CERT)
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Campus Location
13892 Airport Drive Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Field Service Technician (CERT)
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technician (AAS)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician Plus (CERT)
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Maintenance Technician (CERT)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology (DIP)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology (AAS)
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