AVTEC Programs

Instructional Policies


Students are graded on attendance and timeliness arriving to class and are expected to be in class, on time, every day during their training program.  If illness prevents attendance students are to call in to the appropriate program contact person prior to the start of the training day.  Failure to call in or excessive tardiness will result in a warning and may elevate to probation or dismissal from training.

Training Summary and Monthly In-Progress Reports 

The technical and employability skills that students can expect to learn in a particular program are listed on the AVTEC program training summary.  Each month instructors complete and share with students, an in-progress report that indicates student achievement toward attaining the required technical and employability skills listed on the training summary.  Copies of the in-progress reports are available to students from the instructor or from Student Records.  At the completion of the training program, the in-progress reports are summarized on the training summary that serve as the students permanent record of achievement in training at AVTEC.

Student Achievement

Student achievement is measured on each training objective listed on the training summary.  Students who successfully achieve learning objectives receive an AVTEC Certificate of Completion and in select programs students are eligible to earn industry certification.

Level 1 Demonstration only; no practice provided with further training required.
Level 2 Limited Skill; performed job during training program, additional training is required.
Level 3 Moderately Skilled; performed independently in a learning situation and may require initial supervision.
Level 4 Skilled; performed task independently and requires minimal supervision

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Students who continue to make satisfactory progress toward attaining the required technical and employability skills as indicated on the monthly in-progress reports remain in good standing.  Students who do not remain in good standing risk losing their financial aid and could be dismissed from training.  

Good standing status means that a student is:  

  • Clear of any probationary action AND
  • Is achieving satisfactory monthly in-progress reports AND
  • Has total absences, unexcused and excused combined, of less than ten percent of the total available training days to date.

Previous Training or Work Experience

On a program specific and case by case basis, students who demonstrate proficiency in a technical skill due to previous training or work experience, including military service, may be able to advance in training.  Students who believe they may qualify can work with the instructor for this opportunity.


Transferring Between AVTEC Programs

Students may transfer between AVTEC programs during the FIRST WEEK of training with approval of the instructors of both programs, consultation with the Financial Aid officer and AVTEC Director or their designee approval.  Students may obtain a Training Program Transfer Request form and assistance completing it from their counselor or instructor.

Maritime Training Programs

Alaska has more coastline than all the other United States combined. Alaska's maritime environment is one of the most challenging in the world. Safely transporting passengers and freight or carrying out commercial fishing operations in Alaskan waters requires well-qualified captains and crew members.

The goal of the Alaska Maritime Training Center is to promote safe marine operations by effectively preparing captains and crew members for employment in the Alaskan maritime industry.

The Alaska Maritime Training Center is a United States Coast Guard approved training facility located in Seward, Alaska, and offers USCG/STCW compliant maritime training. In addition to the standard courses offered, customized training is available to meet the specific needs of maritime companies. Courses are delivered through the use of our world class ship simulator, state of the art computer based navigational laboratory and modern classrooms equipped with the latest instructional delivery technologies.

Maritime Career Pathways

When it comes to working onboard boats and ships, there are a few different maritime career pathways to choose from. Sometimes one of the biggest challenges is figuring where to start and which pathway is best for you.
AMTC has developed three common maritime career pathways. These pathways offer a logical flow of courses that mariners will need to complete to become an approved USCG Merchant Mariner and be employable in Alaska’s diverse maritime industry. In order for mariners to complete their desired pathway they will also need documented sea service. Maritime career pathways are listed below and if you have any further questions please contact AMTC.

Contact AMTC

 For maritime related questions and admissions please call (907)224-6196 or email teri.laird@avtec.edu

Business and Office Technology


The field of business and office technology covers all aspects of training workers for today’s offices and specifically prepares Alaskans as an Accounting Specialist, Administrative Assistant or Medical Administrative Assistant. AVTEC graduates are employed in private, state and federal offices; tribal organizations; and in the health, construction and tourism industry. Within the Business and Office Technology program, students will choose one of the following areas of study.

  • Accounting Specialist
    Accounting Specialists maintain accounts by identifying, verifying, and recording transactions, processing payroll, accounts payable, and/or accounts receivable and provide end of fiscal year preparation including financial statements. From a sole proprietorship to corporations, this area of study prepares graduates for entry into the field of accounting or bookkeeping.
  • Administrative Assistant
    There are as many types of Administrative Assistants as there are professional offices. Administrative Assistants perform and organize the administrative activities of an office in order to keep business running smoothly. Students utilize the latest business correspondence and prepare documents, reports, presentations, spreadsheets, databases and more utilizing a variety of technologies. These graduates are a valuable asset to any organization.
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
    Becoming a Medical Administrative Assistant gives students the opportunity to make a difference in the medical field while working in an office setting. From setting up appointments and verifying insurance, to maintaining electronic health records and more, Medical Administrative Assistants provide the support medical offices and other healthcare facilities need to run efficiently. This area of study covers medical terminology, HIPAA, law and ethics, medical coding and billing, electronic health records and medical office procedures.

Combination Welding


The future for welding careers looks bright. Certified, skilled welders continue to be in demand in the construction industry and in all petroleum-related and heavy equipment industries. Graduates of AVTEC’s Combination Welding Program hold good jobs in a wide variety of work settings. In short, Alaskan employers are always looking for highly trained welders, especially those who are willing to work under adverse conditions occasionally.

Certified pipe welders continue to be in demand in the petroleum industry. Pipes are used to transport commodities in Alaska, and they are also used to build structures. The different applications of pipe afford pipe welders the opportunity to apply their skills in a variety of work settings. With the Alaska Gas Pipeline on the horizon, trained welders will be in even greater demand.

The Combination Welding Program emphasizes steel welding; however, all students are expected to become proficient welders on nonferrous materials such as aluminum. The primary focus is on stick electrode welding. Students train on SMAW (stick electrode), GMAW and FCAW (wire feed processes), GTAW (TIG), plasma arc and air arc cutting, oxyacetylene welding, and cutting machines. Destructive tests are performed on groove welds in both the stick and wire feed processes. An introduction to non-destructive testing is an integral part of the program.

The AVTEC Welding shops are equipped with state of the art cutting and welding equipment, including computerized plasma cutting machines for plate and pipe.

Construction Technology


Construction Technicians Build, install, maintain, and repair structures, working on and around a wide variety of electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems. Students in this program receive basic training in construction and maintenance of structural systems including basic carpentry, concrete, roofing, interiors and exterior finishing, basic electricity and thermal and moisture protection systems. The Construction Technology program provides students with a wide variety of experience that prepares them for entry-level employment and apprenticeships in the construction and maintenance trades.

Culinary Arts


Our program highlights competency-based training through progressive learning units. A large portion of the training will take place in our many training kitchens, giving students lots of “kitchen time” to allow their skill levels to grow. Utilizing a ‘hands-on’ food production approach, students will be working individually or in small groups. Additionally, “Core” Culinary academic skills are incorporated into the student’s training schedule. These additional skill classes will include Nutrition, Purchasing & Inventory, Restaurant management, menu, and other “core” classes.
Each unit of focus starts with the culinary basics class. Subsequent food production classes develop more advanced techniques and provide for more in-depth student evaluation.

Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technologies


Normally, half the investment of a mining, construction, highway transportation or logging business is in equipment. Good preventive maintenance is a priority and contributes to the success of the business. The hands-on approach to AVTEC’s Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technologies program helps students learn how to service, maintain, and repair equipment ranging from semi-trucks to bulldozers. As most equipment is powered by diesel engines; students will disassemble, measure, and reassemble engines to factory specifications. The technology changes in the past few years have led to the use of laptop and dedicated scan tools for diagnosis of electronically controlled engines and systems. Because of the complexity of this equipment, students should have good mechanical aptitude, strong reading and mathematics skills, should possess a good work ethic, and have the desire to succeed.

The nature of the training requires that students sometimes work outdoors. Warm clothing, rain gear, and proper safety boots are required. Construction equipment such as dump trucks, road graders, front-end loaders, backhoes, bulldozers, and a large transport truck are utilized by students developing mechanical skills.

Students may download reference for the Heavy Diesel text book Resource page (this page only accessable from AVTEC student network)

Industrial Electricity


AVTEC’s Industrial Electricity program creates a dynamic integrated learning experience with a sequence of intensive technical courses. Full-term graduates will be well qualified for employment as an entry-level electro-mechanical technician or as an electrical construction apprentice. 

Industrial Electricity graduates are successfully employed in many technical occupations including construction and maintenance electricians, marine engineers, instrument and electrical technicians, controls technicians, and electrical sales and service. They work in every major industry in Alaska including construction, utilities, process engineering, mining, manufacturing, oil and gas, alternative energy, seafood processing, fishing boat operations, water treatment, facilities maintenance, and transportation.

If you like working with your mind and your hands to solve challenging problems, and if you can pay close attention to detail while completing complex technical projects, then our program may be a good match for you. Industrial Electro-Mechanical Technicians are problem-solving professionals who are always in demand to work in all major industries.

Information Technology


Technology now permeates all businesses, and there is a real need for IT professionals for implementation and support. Information Technology skills will continue to be in high demand through 2024 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the exponential growth in technology hardware and services, including the growing investment in cloud and mobile networks, IT professionals will see a continuous increase in demand. This translates into real opportunities for anyone interested in entering the IT industry, someone looking to change their current employment situation, or a person starting a second career. If taking advantage of these opportunities has seemed out of your reach, this intensive 38-week program can help you get a foot in the door.

What sets the AVTEC Information Technology program apart from other IT programs is the amount of hands-on experience a student receives using real networking and server equipment. The Information Technology program is unique in that students are not required to share equipment. As an example, during the Cisco portion of training students have their own pod of three routers and three switches that they use to configure local area networks. Students then connect their pods to other student pods to form wide-area networks. Students also have their own servers that they use throughout the program to build peer-to-peer and domain environments.

Plumbing and Heating


Plumbing and Heating Technicians are in short supply throughout Alaska today, both in urban and in rural areas. As a result, graduates of AVTEC’s Plumbing and Heating program enjoy excellent job opportunities and good pay. Plumbing and Heating students receive basic training in construction and maintenance of plumbing and heating systems. The Plumbing and Heating program provides students with a wide variety of experience that prepares them for entry-level employment and apprenticeships in the plumbing and heating, construction and facility maintenance trades. The Plumbing and Heating program’s blend of classroom instruction, lab, and live-work practice helps students to learn the necessary skills to succeed in an apprenticeship program and become a Plumbing and Heating Technician. The program is fast-paced and challenging. Students should have good mechanical aptitude, strong mathematics and reading skills, and the ability to manage time productively. Typically 50 percent of the training is hands-on and 50 percent is classroom instruction. Training includes outdoor activities, so students need appropriate clothing for cold and wet working conditions.



Refrigeration Technicians install, maintain, and repair Freon and Ammonia air conditioning and refrigeration systems and troubleshoot and repair electrical controls. Their knowledge and skills are in demand throughout Alaska in homes, office buildings, restaurants, public buildings, seafood processing, and manufacturing plants and shipping industries.

The Refrigeration program offers a blend of classroom instruction, lab, and live work practice to ensure students learn the necessary skills to become good Refrigeration Technicians. The program is fast-paced and challenging. Students should have good mechanical aptitude, strong mathematics and reading skills, and the ability to manage time productively. Students train on a variety of domestic and commercial refrigeration systems. Students practice installing, troubleshooting and repairing refrigeration, heat pump, and air conditioning systems, compressors, evaporators, condensers, control devices, control valves, electrical controls and motors, and electrical wiring.

Typically 50 percent of the training is hands-on, and 50 percent is classroom instruction. Training may include some outdoor activities, so students need appropriate work clothing.

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