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Aviation Maintenance Technician


Salaried Staff

Job Location

2600 Aero-Park Dr, Traverse City, MI

Tracking Code


Position Type


Northwestern Michigan College


General Information

Job Title: Aviation Maintenance Technician

Department: Aviation

Effective Date: 6/9/2021

FLSA Status: Exempt

Supervisor: Aviation Maintenance Supervisor

Salary: $56,277.00

Excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, paid sick leave, and tuition benefits. 160 paid vacation hours accrued per year. For more details about benefits, go to and click on Salaries and Benefits, or request a copy from the Office of Human Resources. This position is eligible for an additional 5% of base salary relocation pay.  

Position Summary

This position collaborates with the Aviation Maintenance Supervisor to maintain the aviation fleet to

the highest safety levels possible, in a timely and cost-effective manner, and in compliance with all

federal and manufacturer protocol.



  • Experience with FAA inspections of aircraft fleet
  • Experience working with Cessna G1000
  • Flight school experience as mechanic
  • Maintenance experience with Cessna and Piper aircraft
  • Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) License
  • Inspection Authority (IA)
  • No history of FAA violations or certificate/license suspension
  • Between 3 and 5 years of aviation industry experience outside of education
  • Bachelor's Degree



  • Experience using AIMS software
  • Maintenance experience with a wide range of aircraft
  • Between 5 and 10 years of aviation industry experience outside of education



Essential Responsibilities

(Critical) Ensures that aircraft are maintained to the safest levels possible. 

(Critical) Maintains shop cleanliness and safety and is accountability for parts inventory, while making suggestions to Aviation Maintenance Supervisor to improvement appearance and effectiveness.

Suggests ways that flight staff can better operate aircraft to lower operating costs and participates in a teamwork environment with all aviation staff and students.

(Critical) Participates in dialogue with Federal and State agencies to promote good relationships while ensuring that aircraft are maintained to the safest levels possible.


(Critical) Provides maintenance in a cost effective and timely manner.


(Critical) Is responsible to the FAA for aircraft Airworthiness and general FAA inspections per the mechanic’s license, and properly documents all maintenance work.


(Critical) Documents all maintenance work properly.


(Critical) Maintain required certifications and credentials to perform aircraft maintenance.


(Critical) Responsible for supplying and maintaining personal hand tools to perform major and minor aircraft maintenance repairs and alterations.


(Very Important) Promotes a learning and open environment for students by actively exploring ways to improve their own skills and keeping up with technology.


(Very Important) Works with product manufacturers to ensure safety of the fleet and others.



Foundational Competencies

Ethical Behavior and Integrity
Displays honesty, trustworthiness, and ethical behavior. Earns respect. Behaves in a straightforward manner with others with no hidden agendas. Builds trust and credibility through reliability and authenticity. Leads by example; words and actions are consistently aligned.

Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Actively pursues learning and development. Stays current in content area, acquiring and refining technical and professional skills.

Commitment to Quality Service, Responsible Stewardship, Continuous Improvement
Displays a commitment to excellence and to providing quality service to learners, coworkers, or others they serve. Consistently seeks feedback and looks for ways to improve service, promote quality, and make effective use of college resources.

Creating/Contributing to a Culture of Innovation and Thoughtful Risk-taking

Creates/contributes to an environment of safety and trust. Seeks to solve problems rather than affix blame. Willing to experiment and learn.

Agility/ Adaptability/Tolerance for Ambiguity

Easily adjusts to organizational and environmental changes; adapts responses and tactics to shifting or evolving situations; deals effectively with ambiguity and uncertainty.


Valuing All People

Genuinely interested in others. Shows concern and empathy for others. Shows patience, understanding, and acceptance of people with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Treats learners, coworkers,

and direct reports respectfully and fairly.

Actively and enthusiastically works with others to achieve a shared common goal. Gives credit and recognition to those who have contributed. Shares information and own expertise with others to enable them to accomplish group goals. Creates a sense of belonging in the team and a culture of inclusion. Collaborates across boundaries. Looks at problem solving at the institutional level (not just in own area or department). Open to sharing resources, working with other departments and organizations.

Accountability/Personal Responsibility

Meets commitments and keeps promises; gets things done. Acknowledges and learns from mistakes. Holds self and others accountable. Takes responsibility for achieving goals.



General Competencies


Building Effective Relationships — Proficient

Importance: Critical

Excellent interpersonal skills; understands how he/she is perceived by others; reads a social situation and responds appropriately; adjusts own behavior in response to others' non­verbal cues; understands why people and groups behave the way they do; gives constructive feedback in a way that produces positive change rather than resentment or anger; provides direct, specific feedback respectfully and in a timely manner. Relates well with all kinds of people in a variety of situations. Develops and maintains effective communication and relationships. Demonstrates understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, and empathy to others. Is approachable; makes time for others. Is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.


Communications / Active Listening — Proficient+

Importance: Critical

Has good sense of who needs to know what and keeps others informed. Communicates in a clear, concise, organized, and compelling manner. Gives others their full attention; listens without interrupting. Seeks to understand others' points of view. Interprets both the words spoken, and the non­verbal cues used by others. Accurately hears implied as well as expressed messages; accurately interprets non­verbal cues; communicates more complex information effectively; adjusts vocabulary and approach to improve understanding; speaks and/or writes in a well-organized, clear, and concise manner.

Global Awareness / Internationally Skilled — Basic +

Importance: Very Important

Understands the complexities and interdependency of world events. Demonstrates sensitivity issues. Understands one's own culture and history in relationship to others. Is open to new opportunities, ideas and ways of thinking. Is self-aware about identity and culture; demonstrates sensitivity and respect for differences.

Strategic Understanding / Leadership — Basic

Importance: Very Important

Explains how their role supports NMC's mission and vision. Recognizes opportunities to help the organization accomplish its goals. Considers a broad range of internal and external factors in establishing goals and priorities. Consistently ensures a fit between individual or group actions and the organizational mission/strategy. Understands the mission and vision of the organization and works to implement this within the context of individual role and immediate work group; understands personal contribution to the department and the department's role in the organization.


Functional Competencies       


Accountability (Generic) — Proficient+

Importance: Critical     

Accepts responsibility for starting, controlling, and concluding job tasks and assignments. Accepts responsibility for behavior. Accepts feedback openly and acts on it to improve performance; recognizes

mistakes and takes corrective action; monitors behavior and progress against group, project, or team goals, and recognizes own responsibility for overall project or team goals; seeks and accepts additional

responsibilities on projects or team activities.


Analytical Skills (Generic) — Proficient+

Importance: Very Important

Frames issues and problems; collects information, identifies options; weighs the pros and cons, and recommends a course of action. Applies basic problem-solving techniques to gain greater understanding of a problem and potential solutions.


Attention to Detail (Generic) — Advanced

Importance: Critical     

Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail and small facets of work. Recognizes and attends to details that others (even those who are somewhat skilled at detail work) overlook; systematically identifies what details need to be attended to in a project and makes sure that these are not omitted.


Decision Making (Generic) — Advanced

Importance: Very Important      

Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions. Perceives the impact and implications of decisions. Commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals. Makes decisions that are complicated by the number and nature of existing controls, regulatory guidance, overlapping requirements, or organizational considerations that have an impact on the ability to apply established methods; implements operational decisions when consequences include adverse impact.

Follow-through (Generic) — Advanced

Importance: Critical     

Demonstrates accountability for personal and professional commitments. Takes appropriate action to ensure timely contribution to and/or completion of projects. Demonstrates initiative; ensures that duties are completed as assigned and that goals are met and problems are resolved.


Mechanical Maintenance (Engineering) — Advanced

Importance: Critical     

Demonstrates good mechanical aptitude; is capable of training team members on mechanical equipment. Implements program to assure efficient operation of equipment, including preventive maintenance program; serves as a coach to others in mechanical maintenance.

Regulatory Compliance (Engineering) — Advanced

Importance: Critical     

Understands all aspects of regulatory management and assures that appropriate regulations are adhered to. Has a solid understanding of regulatory management; leads compliance efforts; evaluates compliance efforts; interacts with regulatory body as needed; coaches others on the fine points of regulatory standards.


Safety Focus (Manufacturing) — Proficient+

Importance: Critical     

Knows and adheres to safety regulations (e.g., OSHA), as well as organization's safety policies and procedures. Ensures that equipment and materials being used meet safety standards; notices and reports safety issues.





Serves as a lead or senior employee in small work unit.


Instruct and train others

Take calculated and responsible risks

Provide guidance and stability

Share special or technical information with others

Bring commitment and drive into the workplace.

Lead by example



Indirect: 12


Tools and Equipment


AIMS Software

Aircraft Maintenance and Repair Tools


MS Word

MS Excel

Desk Top Computer




Work Environment

Lifting Activities

Most frequently lifted object: 20 29 lbs. lifted to chest level; 20-29 feet (Several times per day)

Heaviest object lifted: under 50-75 lbs. lifted chest level; 20-29 feet (Occasionally)

Non-lifting Repetitive Activities

Arm Movement (Continuously)

Bending (Several times per day)

Climbing (Several times per day)

Crouching (Occasionally)

Ducking (Several times per day)

Gripping (Continuously)

Kneeling (Occasionally)

Leaning (Several times per day)

Sitting (Several times per day)

Squatting (Several times per day)

Standing (Continuously)

Stooping (Several times per day)

Stretching (Occasionally)

Talking (Several times per day)

Twisting (Several times per day)

Typing (Several times per day)

Walking (Continuously)

Writing (Several times per day)

Other Physical Demands

Close visual work

Cramped work space

Exposure to chemicals

Exposure to cold

Exposure to dust

Exposure to environmental hazards

Exposure to explosion

Exposure to health and safety hazards

Exposure to heat

Exposure to noise

Exposure to toxic substances

Muscular endurance

Risk of electrical shock

Travel (less than 10%)

Mental Demands

Complex Calculations

Exercising Independent Judgment

Minimal Guidance or Direction

Performing Multiple Functions/Activities

Rapid Decision Making


Other Challenges

Precise accuracy requirements

Production deadlines

Protecting the physical safety of others

Risk of life

Safeguarding organization assets and property


Contacts with Others


Internal Contacts

Employees in your own work unit or department — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Daily)

Employees in your Function — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Daily)

Managers in your function — Purpose: Share information (Daily)

Senior executives in your function (None/Very little contact)

Employees in departments outside your function — Purpose: Share information (Once per week)

Managers in departments outside your function (None/Very little contact)

Senior executives outside your function (None/Very little contact)


External Contacts

Vendors, Supplies, Subcontractors — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Monthly)

Federal/State Regulatory and Compliance Authorities — Purpose: Negotiate (Quarterly)

Customers — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Daily)



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed in this job description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


To perform this job successfully, an individual will have computer skills, including knowledge of and the ability to use the Internet, email, calendaring software, and word processing software.



Ability to read, analyze and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.  Ability to effectively present lectures and information to students and academic area leadership in a clear and understandable manner.



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions and percentages.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra.



Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.  Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases.  Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and smell.   Walking and standing are required in the classroom and clinical areas.  Lifting up to 25 pounds and periodic heavy exertion may be required in the clinical/lab setting.  Specific hearing and vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions when traveling between campus buildings.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Non-Discrimination Policy Notice

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions. Read more at

Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.



Applications must be submitted online at submitted by 8 am on Wednesday, June 30th 2021 will receive first consideration This position will remain open until filled. For assistance call 231-995-2612 or 1-800-748-0566 x52612 or email

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter with your application. Official transcripts will be required of all finalists. Please email to or mail to: Northwestern Michigan College Attention: Human Resources 1701 E Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686

This position is located at 2600 Aero-Park Dr, Traverse City, MI. View the Google Map in full screen.