Aviation Training and Career

Aviation Education

The MnDOT Aviation Education Website offers lots of aviation-related information. It is a great source of information for students, teachers, and other people interested in the world of aviation. Teachers and students will learn a lot about educational aviation curricula and other post-secondary careers and university and college information. Check out the following video of North Star Aviation and the Minnesota State University Flight School. Take a look at the airport, the types of planes, and the simulators they train on.


Students who choose a professional career in aviation will be working with innovative state-of-the-art equipment and technology. They can also look forward to a lifetime of knowing that their careful work makes flying safe for everyone.

Public Colleges for an Aviation Career

Check out the following Minnesota universities and colleges that offer affordable quality education and the career path programs they offer.

Anoka Technical College (Aviation Management, Air Traffic Control, Aircraft Dispatcher, Flight Training)
Central Lakes Community & Technical College (Pre-Airway Science)
Lake Superior College (Professional Pilot Training)
Metropolitan State University First College (Aviation Management)
Minnesota State University-Mankato (Professional Pilot, B.S. in Aviation, Aviation Management)
Minneapolis Community & Technical College (Air Traffic Control, Aviation Maintenance)
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical (Aviation Maintenance Technician, Diploma or AAS)
Minnesota West Community & Technical College (Private, Commercial, Instrument, Multi-engine Pilot)
Northland Community & Technical College (Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic, Diploma or AAS; Aviation Maintenance Transfer program; electronics program)
Ridgewater College-Hutchinson and Willmar (Nondestructive Testing Technology, Pre-Airway Science)
St. Cloud State University (Airway Science, Aviation Major/Minor/Operations, Professional Pilot, Management)
The University of Minnesota (Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics)
The University of Minnesota-Crookston (Agriculture Aviation, Law Enforcement Aviation, and Natural Resources Aviation)
Winona State University (Airway Science, Administration Emphasis, Aviation Minor: Flight Emphasis, Aviation Major, Maintenance Management with WTC and WSU)

Private Schools

Academy College (Aviation Administration, Professional Pilot, Aircraft Dispatcher (Resident & Correspondence), AAS degree
Brown Institute (Digital electronics and Computer technology)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Aviation Management, Aeronautical Science, Professional Aeronautics)
NEI College of Technology (Aviation Electronics)

Personal Teaching philosophy

Many teachers have been flying all through their adult lives and have developed very strong opinions about flight training. It is my belief that flying must be fun. This is a very simple statement but it has a very deep meaning.  Obviously, flying is FUN. I strongly believe that learning to fly can also be FUN.

Basic learning theory supports my position because positive experiences are remembered and negative experiences are forgotten. So if you are having FUN, you will remember what is being taught. Therefore, it is the job of your flight instructor to make sure you are having FUN while you learn.

Another concept I feel strongly about is teaching a pilot to THINK. Many schools get lost teaching students about checklists and procedures. I am not saying checklists are bad. On the contrary, checklists and procedures are quite important. However, I do believe they are not the only important things. The flying environment is very complex.

There is no way to cover all situations you could encounter on some checklist or memorized procedure. Therefore, I strongly believe that teaching a pilot to THINK and analyze situations will produce safer pilots. Therefore, it is also your flight instructor’s job to help you develop good judgment and the ability to THINK for yourself in the plane.