Aerospace Center

1845 Dakota Avenue, Hayden, ID 83835. Contact ACE: Phone (208) 625-2344Call Us, email 

[NOTE: walk-in hours on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 2:00PM to 3:30PM.  Please contact with questions or for alternate appointment]

Advanced Manufacturing  &  Aviation Maintenance Training

Aviation Maintenance - Fall 2017!    

This program includes four semesters of study.  Upon satisfactory completion of all recommended courses, students will be eligible to sit for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) examinations needed to earn an Aviation Maintenance Technician Airframe rating, as well as earn degree from NIC.   Click here to learn more about the basic requirements to become an aircraft mechanic.   

  • Aviation Maintenance Technology technical certificate requirements
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree requirements

    FAA General exam preparation: 
    AERO 101 Aviation Science 
    AERM 102 Basic Electricity 
    AERM 103 Weight and Balance
    AERM 104 Shop Practices 
    AERM 105 Ground Operations 
    AERM 106 Federal Aviation Regulations 

    FAA Airframe exam preparation:
    AERM 201 Wood, Fabric, and Finishes 
    AERM 202 Aircraft Sheet Metal 
    AERM 203* Aircraft Composites 
    AERM 204 Aircraft Welding
    AERM 205 Assembly and Rigging 
    AERM 206 Airframe Inspection
    AERM 211 Landing Gear Systems 
    AERM 212 Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Fuels 
    AERM 213 Airframe Auxiliary Systems 
    AERM 214 Instruments and Nav/Comm Systems
    AERM 215 Airframe Electrical

Students who have completed specific courses in NIC's Aerospace Composite Technician program may bypass AERM 203

Aircraft mechanics are normally expected to own a set of essential hand tools.  Click here for the list of tools students will require during this program.

Want to know more about the demand for these jobs?  
The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics outlook for Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians 
The Boeing company's market outlook for maintenance technicians and pilots 
See the 7/31/15 Article in the Spokesman-Review


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Aerospace Advanced Manufacturing - Fall 2017!

The Aerospace Advanced Manufacturing program prepares students to work with advanced composite materials such as fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar™ as well as further preparing them for the modern manufacturing workplace.  The program is comprised of "stackable" semester-long certificates which build into an associate of applied science degree.  Each semester students increase their set of employability skills and may earn certificates local companies recognize.  These certificates include CNC Mill Operation, Non-destructive Testing and Aerospace Composite Technician and the overall Aerospace Advanced Manufacturing Technical Certificate.  Students will become skilled in fabrication and repair of composite parts, quality assurance, non-destructive testing methods, and have elective options in CAD, SolidWorks™, precision measuring, aviation science and more.  Semesters need not be taken in order; contact staff for clarification. Successful completion of four full-time semesters will earn students the Aerospace Technology Advanced Manufacturing Advanced Technical Certificate or Associate Degree.

During Fall 2017 students can enroll for lab classes in either of two locations: Priest River (at Aerocet) or Hayden (at the NIC Aerospace Center)

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Advanced Manufacturing Semesters

NEW!!! As of JULY 2016 there are also now optional electives you may take in the AAS degree path, in lieu of some NDT courses: CADT104M CAD Graphics I, CADT106M CAD Graphics II, CADT 250 Solid Works I, CADT 252 Solid Works II, CADT 253 Industrial Processes, MACH 153 Precision Measuring, MACH 231 Computers in Machining.   These updates are not reflected in the 2016-2017 catalog due to the timing of their approval.  Please contact our office for more details.  Phone (208) 625-2344, email


Students must provide certain personal protective equipment (PPE) for their own safety.  Other tools required for this program are provided by the college.

An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Aerospace Technology Advanced Manufacturing is offered which will require additional course work in general education, math and English.


Please contact our staff with any questions. Note: We are proud to offer priority of service to veterans of the U.S. Armed forces. Contact Phone (208) 625-2344Call Us, Email    

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Aerospace interests in Northern Idaho include: well as many other manufacturing operations.

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