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Aircraft: Career and Education Opportunities in Minnesota

Aircraft: Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians work to keep our aircraft safe and in the air. Along with Avionics Technicians, they are the work force that keeps the nation's fleet of aircraft flying.

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Minnesota has a population of 5,266,214, which has grown by 7.05% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "North Star State," its capital is Saint Paul, though its largest city is Minneapolis. In 2008, there were a total of 3,567,295 jobs in Minnesota. The average annual income was $42,953 in 2008, up from $41,693 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Minnesota was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.6% since the previous year. Roughly 27.4% of Minnesota residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Minnesota include medical, dental, and hospital equipment merchant wholesalers, general-line grocery merchant wholesalers, and real estate credit. Notable tourist destinations include the Hennepin History Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Fridley Historical Society Museum.


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Aircraft Mechanic

Aircraft Mechanics diagnose, adjust, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Aircraft Mechanics need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to diagnose and repair equipment and system in the face of problem and faults.
Avionics Technician

Avionics Technicians install, inspect, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles. Avionics Technicians need to install equipment in line with existing requirements. They also need to diagnose equipment problems and failures.