The Minot High School Aviation Technology Program prepares students for the written licenser exam in the pursuit of a Private Pilot License (PPL). The combination of Aviation Technology I & II is basic ground school and once ground school is completed, the next step is flight training. Students will need to find a flight instructor at their own expense to complete their training. When flying and receiving training from a flight instructor, students do not need a license. However, at some point during their training the instructor would get out of the airplane and the student would go up on their own. This is called a solo, and for this solo, and all the subsequent ones, students need a Student Pilot License (SPL). Typically, students would need this until they reach 40-50 hours of total flight time to get their Private Pilot License (PPL) or in the US, this is often referred to as a Private Pilot Certificate instead of a License. Students will also need a Private Medical Certificate. Once the Private Pilot License (PPL) is achieved, students are eligible to continue training to eventually receive a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) or an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL).







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Course Offerings


1760 - Aviation Technology I (1 credit): Students will perform basic piloting skills using a flight simulator as well as have the opportunity to take control of an aircraft in flight. Guest speakers and field trips will provide great learning experiences for students to explore aviation concepts such as aircraft basics, airspace, navigation, weather, communications, flight planning, weight and balance and the influence of human factors affecting flight. Students will learn what it takes to be a pilot while also exploring exciting career opportunities in aviation. (Aviation Technology I will be a prerequisite for Aviation Technology II proposed for 2016-17 which prepares students to pass the FAA private pilot’s verbal/written exam and cover advanced flight topics.) (open to grades 10, 11, 12)

Aviation Technology II (2 credits - 1 year for 2 hours per day): Students will prepare to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) private pilot’s verbal exam.  This course will cover advanced flight topics as well as topics covered in Aviation I to an advanced level.  Students will also work in teams on projects to be determined (i.e. unmanned aircraft, aircraft construction, avionics, mechanical systems).
Prerequisite – Aviation Technology I (open to grades 11 & 12).

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Plan of Study

The Minot High School Aviation Technology Program prepares students for the written licenser exam in the pursuit of a private Pilot's License. Students can also enroll in this program to pursue other occupations within the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics or Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Career Clusters.

Click here for the Minot High School Coordinated Plans of Study document that should be used in determing eligibility for the North Dakota Career & Technical Education Scholarship.


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Career Opportunities

Below is a sampling of career opportunities in Aviation that are found within the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics career cluster.

Click on the letter of the alphabet below to find your career. For detailed information on each career, go to O*NET, type in the O*NET SOC Code, and do a related career search.




(without O*NET SOC Codes)

Aeronautical Drafter - Drafter
Aeronautical & Astronautical Systems Designer
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Aerospace Manufacturing and Assembly Technicians
Agricultural Sprayer
Aircraft Accident Investigator
Airframe Equipment & Engine Assembly Technician
Airframe-and-Power-Plant Mechanics
Airport Maintenance Service Person
Airport Safety and Security Personnel
Airport Terminal Concessionaire
Airspace System Inspection 2
Assistant Airport Manager
Atmospheric and Space Scientists
Aviation Accident Investigator
Aviation Maintenance - Aircraft Mechanic (A&P)
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Commercial Airplane or Helicopter Pilot
Corporate Flight Attendant
Director or Manager - Airport Operations
Engineer - Aerospace Engineer
Engineer - Airport Engineer
FAA Air Traffic Control Specialist
FAA Aviation Safety Inspector - Airworthiness
FAA Aviation Safety Inspector - GS-5/15
FAA Aviation Safety Inspector - Manufacturing
FAA Aviation Safety Inspector - Operations
FAA Electronics Technician
FAA Electronics Technician - Federal Aviation
FAA Engineer - Federal Aviation Engineering
FAA Engineering Aid or Technician
FAA Maintenance Mechanic
Fighter Pilot
Fixed Base Operator - Airport FBO
Fixed Base Operator - Line Person
Flight Attendant
Flight Navigator
Hang-Gliding Instructor
National Weather Service - Meteorologist
Non-Flying - Administrative Personnel
Non-Flying - Air Cargo Handler
Non-Flying - Air Freight Agent

Non-Flying - Aircraft Fueler
Non-Flying - Baggage Handler
Non-Flying - Ground or Station Attendant
Non-Flying - Cabin Maintenance Mechanic
Non-Flying - Cabin Service-person
Non-Flying - District Sales Manager
Non-Flying - Driver
Non-Flying - Engineer
Non-Flying - Flight Dispatcher
Non-Flying - Food Service Personnel
Non-Flying - Ground Attendant
Non-Flying - GSE Mechanic
Non-Flying - Instructor
Non-Flying - Meteorologist
Non-Flying - Passenger Service Agent
Non-Flying - Professional Personnel
Non-Flying - Ramp Planner
Non-Flying - Ramp Service Personnel
Non-Flying - Reservation Sales Agent
Non-Flying - Sales Representative
Non-Flying - Schedule Coordinator
Non-Flying - Sky Cap
Non-Flying - Station Agent
Non-flying - Station Manager
Non-Flying - Teletypist
Non-Flying - Ticket Agent
Pilot - Airspace System Inspection
Pilot - Agricultural Pilot
Pilot - Air Taxi or Charter Pilot
Pilot - Airline Captain
Pilot - Copilot or First Officer
Pilot - Corporate Pilot
Pilot - FAA Flight Test Pilot
Pilot - Ferry Pilot
Pilot - Flight Engineer or Second Officer
Pilot - Flight Instructor
Pilot - Helicopter Pilot
Pilot - Patrol Pilot
Pilot - Test Pilot
US Military Service Careers - Civilian Aviation
US Military Service Careers - Military Aviation

O*NET (formerly Dictionary of Occupational Titles)



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Four Year Plan

Below is a suggested four year plan for students wanting to pursue an Aviation career pathway or related field:
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade


(1 credit)


(1 credit)

Advanced Algebra/Advanced Math
(1 credit) (Suggested to meet university entrance requirements)

Advanced Math, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus Prep, AP Calculus,
College Algebra,
Probability &
Statistics (1 credit) (Suggested for students seeking a 4 year college degree)


Grade 9 Language Arts
(1 credit)

Grade 10 Language Arts (1 credit)

Grade 11 Language Arts (1 credit)

Speech or Debate and an English Elective (1/2 credit each)

Consider AP English


Physical Science
I & II (1 credit)

Biology I & II
(1 credit)

General Chemistry
(1 credit)

Physic (1 credit)

Advanced Physics
(1 credit)

Social Studies


World History I & II
(1 credit)

U.S. History I & II
(1 credit)

Social Studies Elective (1/2 credit)

American Government (1/2 credit)

(1/2 credit)

North Dakota NOW
(1/2 credit)

Physical Education

Physical Education
(1/2 credit)

Personal Health & Safety (1/2 credit)

Physical Education Electives
(1/2 credit each)

Physical Education Electives
(1/4 credit each)

Physical Education Electives
(1/4 credit each)

Drivers Education


Driver & Traffic Safety Education (Elective)
(1/2 credit)



Foreign Language

No college in North Dakota requires Foreign Language, but many out-of-state colleges do. It is suggested that students take two years of a Foreign Language if they plan on going to college out of state to earn a 4 year degree.

Foreign Language I
(1 credit)  

Foreign Language I
(1 credit)  

Foreign Language II
(1 credit)

Foreign Language I
(1 credit)  

Foreign Language II
(1 credit)

Foreign Language I
(1 credit)  

Foreign Language II
(1 credit)



Please Note: You can choose courses listed from the previous year if you didn't get a chance to take that course.

Word Processing
(1/2 credit)(Suggested)

Exploratory Business
(1/2 credit)

Introduction to Computer Applications (1/2 credit)

Information Technology Essentials (1/2 credit)

Design & Color
(1/2 credit)

(1 credit)

(1 credit)

World of Work
(1/2 credit)

Web Page Design
(1/2 Credit

Advanced Web Page Design (1/2 credit)

Exploring Technology
(1/2 credit)

Impacts of Technology (1/2 credit)

Aviation Technology I
(1 credit)

(1 credit)

(1 credit)

Marketing (1 credit) (suggested for students wanting to pursue a career in Marketing)

Advanced Computer Applications I - MS Word/Power-point
(1/2 credit )

Advanced Computer Applications II - MS Excel (1/2 credit )

(1/2 credit)

Accounting I (1 credit)

Aviation Technology I
(1 credit)

Aviation Technology II
(2 credits)

(1 credit)

Management (1 credit) 

Cooperative Work Experience in Marketing Education (1/2 credit per semester) 

Accounting II (1 credit) prerequisite: Accounting I 

Photography I (1/2 credit)

Business & Personal Law (1/2 credit)

Aviation Technology I
(1 credit)

Aviation Technology II
(2 credits)

(1 credit)

(1 credit)

Class Periods
7 periods a day
7 periods a day

6 periods a day & PE twice weekly for the 7th Period

6 periods a day & PE twice weekly for the 7th Period


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Postsecondary Education


North Dakota State University


University of North Dakota



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Flight Schools in North Dakota


Executive Air Taxi Corporation
2301 University Drive
PO Box 2273
Bismarck, ND 58502


Eagle 1 Aviation Inc.
1722 23rd Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102


Fargo Flight School
3802 - 20th Street North
Fargo, ND 58102


Fargo Sport Pilot
101 Hector Airport Rd
Fargo, ND 58027


University of North Dakota
John D Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Box 9007
Grand Forks, ND 58202


GFK Flight Support
2467 Air Cargo Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58203


Dakota Skies
Jamestown Regional Airport
Jamestown, ND 58401


Pietsch Aircraft Restoration & Repair
2216 North Broadway
Minot, ND 58703






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States' Career Clusters

Career Clusters provide a way for schools to organize instruction and student experiences around sixteen broad categories that encompass virtually all occupations from entry through professional levels. Click here to take a survey to identify your number one career cluster. Click here to visit the States' Career Clusters Website.

If you click on your Career Cluster link below, you will get more detailed information about the cluster. If you click the Job List link for your cluster, you will get a detailed list of jobs within the cluster. To print a Plan of Study for your cluster, click either the Microsoft Word symbol or the PDF symbol. To play the Jeopardy Game for your Career Cluster, click the Power-point link. (If you are using Power-point version 2003, it works best to just open the game). If you are using an older or advanced version of Power-point, it is best to download the Zip folder. Click one of the following for Zip Download Instructions: Internet Explorer or Firefox


Job List
Jeopardy Game
Plan of Study
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Architecture & Construction
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Business, Management & Administration
Education & Training
Government & Public Administration
Health Science
Hospitality & Tourism
Human Services
Information Technology
Law, Public Safety & Security
Marketing, Sales & Service
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics








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Web Sites With Additional Information

Association for Career & Technical Education

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Minot Public Schools Career Development Program

NASA - National Aeronautics & Space Administration
North Dakota Aeronautics Commission

North Dakota State Board for Career & Technical Education