Aerospace Technology

The Aerospace Technology Career Academy is a skills-based program designed to prepare graduating students with basic knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience to help prepare them to work in the fast-paced and rapidly-changing world of aerospace sciences. Credit earned in this program will help the graduate enroll in a two- or four-year program at an institution of higher learning offering aerospace technology.

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Job Outlook

Aerospace Technology Job Outlook: Commercial Pilots
Aerospace Technology Job Outlook: Aerospace Engineering Technicians
Aerospace Technology Job Outlook: Airline Pilots

Required Courses:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Work Seminar
  • Real-World Experience

Foundational Skills Classes:
Bemidji High School Work Seminar, Math and Science Options

Recommended Courses:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • College Physics


Career Options

Aerospace Technicians are often employed at airports as flight personnel, pilots, ground support, etc.

Job Outlook

Aerospace Technology Careers- 0.5% growth for Northern Minnesota.

Job Skills

In addition to having job-related skills, employers expect their auto technical to have other skills such as:

  • Listening skills
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Time management
  • Integrity and honesty

Academic Completion Standard

Successful completion of this course prepares the student for:

  • Enrolling in two- or four-year program at an institution of higher education.
  • Taking the Ground School Certification exam from the FAA.
  • Having a fundamental understanding of flight and the operation of an aircraft.

Postsecondary Programs

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be awarded post-secondary credits for approved courses by Project Lead the Way cooperating colleges and universities. Students with continued interest could enroll in a four-year program of study in aircraft pilot programs at the University of North Dakota or Oklahoma State University.

Jason Koester

Jason Koester

Jason Koester graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2002 with a Major in Physics and Minor in Math. He taught Physics and Chemistry in Windom, MN for 3 years then moved to Bemidji in the Fall of 2005. He earned of Masters of Science in Science from Bemidji State University in 2007 and was certified to teach Aerospace Engineer in the Summer of 2009. Jason has been teaching Physics, Astronomy, Physical Science, and Aerospace since moving to Bemidji. In July of 2017 he earned his Pilot's License to prepare for teaching the pilot ground school course in Aerospace Engineering. Outside of school he enjoys hunting, fishing, traveling and most of all spending time with my family.

Business and Industry Experiences/Partners

Job shadowing internships could be arranged through Bemidji Aviation Services or AirCorps Aviation and instructors.

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