Today’s cars, trucks, and aircraft are more sophisticated than ever, requiring highly skilled and technically trained personnel to build, service, repair, and operate these complex machines. As the population grows, so will the need to transport people and products by road, rail, and air–requiring skilled mechanics, drivers, and professional pilots to keep things moving.


  • Auto Body Technology Diploma Program

    This 33-credit diploma program can be completed in one year.

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    At Lake Superior College, students in the Auto Body Technology Program enjoy a very hands-on learning environment. They begin working on cars in the first weeks of class and spend most of their time in the Auto Body Lab – which features the latest equipment and a state-of-the-art paint booth.

    What are the outcomes?

    Students will understand body repair and painting, welding materials, tools and equipment. They will have a working knowledge of a vehicle’s mechanical systems, trim and hardware. Most employers prefer graduates of community college or vocational school programs. Reliability and the desire to learn the trade is key to success.

    Salary Range: The average hourly wage for auto body repair technicians in Minnesota is $23.45.**

    Choose your Degree Option: DIP

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Program instructor Justin Prendergast at (218) 733-7672 or j.prendergast@lsc.edu. Also, contact Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Auto Body and Chassis Technician Diploma Program

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    At Lake Superior College, students in the Auto Body Technology Program enjoy a very hands-on learning environment. They begin working on cars in the first weeks of class and spend most of their time in the Auto Body Lab – which features the latest equipment and a state-of-the-art paint booth.

    What are the outcomes?

    Students will understand body repair and painting, welding materials, tools and equipment. They will have a working knowledge of a vehicle’s mechanical systems, trim and hardware. Most employers prefer graduates of community college or vocational school programs. Reliability and the desire to learn the trade is key to success.

    Salary Range: The average hourly wage for auto body repair technicians in Minnesota is $23.45.**
    Choose your Degree Option: DIP

    Want to learn more?

    Contact: Program instructor Justin Prendergast at (218) 733-7672 or j.prendergast@lsc.edu. Also, contact Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Auto Service Technology

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    At Lake Superior College students in the Auto Service Technology Program enjoy a hands-on learning environment. They begin working on cars in the first weeks of class and spend most of their time in the Auto Service Technology Lab which features the latest in diagnostic equipment, software and on-line automotive management and information systems. Courses of instruction cover all systems of the automobile, including operation and parts identification with the objective of developing diagnostic skills.

    What are the outcomes?

    Upon completion of Lake Superior College’s Auto Service Technology Program students will have a solid understanding of the inner workings of today’s highly computerized motor vehicles.

    Salary Range: In Minnesota, the average hourly wage for automotive repair technicians is $18.92.**

    Choose your Degree Option: A.A.S.DIP

    Want to learn more?

    Contact Mitch Connor at (218) 733-7662, m.connor@lsc.edu or Barry Lampi, (218) 733-7602, b.lampi@lsc.edu or Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.

  • Auto Brake & Suspension Technician

    A 28-credit program that specializes in the brake and suspension components of vehicle repair.
    Choose your Degree Option: CERT

  • Aviation Professional Pilot

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    Professional Pilot Fast Track Program: A diploma program for students who want to complete commercial pilot training in less than one year. This program leads to FAA certification as a single/multi commercial pilot with an instrument rating. Training takes place at the Duluth International Airport and offers students experience in a state-of-the-art simulator, as well as 250 hours of flight time in a Cirrus SR20 technically advanced aircraft, helicopters and other aircraft.
    Professional Pilot: This Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program is designed to meet the needs of students who plan a career as a pilot in commercial aviation. The program leads to FAA certification as a commercial pilot with an instrument rating. Training takes place at the Duluth International Airport and offers students experience in a state-of-the-art simulator, and 250 hours of flight time in a Cirrus SR20, helicopters and/or other airplane. Both diploma and degree programs offer options for flight instructor and multi-engine certificates too.

    What are the outcomes?

    Students who successfully complete the professional pilot program will have the knowledge and ability to pass Federal Aviation Administration Knowledge and practical exams for a particular FAA pilot certificate or rating. They will have a thorough understanding of the historical developments of the industry and will be familiar with the mechanical systems of typical light aircraft.

    Salary Range: Professional pilot salaries vary greatly, depending on the organization, type of aircraft and the pilot’s FAA ratings.
    (Applicants to the Professional Pilot program should be aware that the FAA requires certain standards for certification, which include the ability to hold a 1st or 2nd class medical certificate. Other standards vary based on what certification/rating sought. Contact the program coordinator for current standards)

    Choose your Degree Option: A.A.S.DIP

    Career Outlook

    Employment of airline and commercial pilots is expected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Regional airlines and low-cost carriers will present the best job opportunities.*

  • Aviation Maintenance

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    LSC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program prepares students to take Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensing tests for the mechanic’s certificate with both airframe and power plant ratings.

    Classroom study includes theory of engine systems and propellers and practical lab experience in inspection, troubleshooting, and repair of aircraft engines.

    The Aviation Maintenance Technician is a 103-credit AAS or an 83-credit Diploma program which includes general education credits.

    You will earn an A.A.S. Degree (Associated in Applied Science) upon satisfactory completion of the program

    Choose your Degree Option:   A.A.S.DIP

  • Aviation Management

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    This Aviation Management A.A.S. degree program provides students with a solid management foundation focused on the aviation industry. Students with a degree in Aviation Management will be well suited for various positions within the vast aviation industry including: small and large airports, major and regional airlines, aircraft manufacturing companies and fixed based operators.

    Aviation management students may choose to specialize in specific aviation areas such as:

    • Airport Operations/Management
    • Airline Operations/Management
    • Aircraft Pilot
    • Human Factors

    The Aviation Maintenance Technician is a 60-credit AAS which includes general education credits.

    You will earn an A.A.S. Degree (Associated in Applied Science) upon satisfactory completion of the program

    Choose your Degree Option:   A.A.S.

  • Over the Road Truck Driving

    Opportunities at Lake Superior College

    With the ever increasing demand for professional truck drivers, student job placement from the Lake Superior College program is excellent. Training will consist of tractor-trailer basic and advanced operation techniques, safety, log books, and weight distribution.

    Upon completion of this program, the student will have obtained a Class A Commercial Drivers License and will gain the skills and knowledge to become a professional truck driver.

    Choose your Degree Option: CERT

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  • *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 edition.
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  • CERT – Certification
  • A.A.S. – Associate’s of Applied Science
  • DIP – Diploma
  • A.S. – Associates of Science