First class of UAS techs graduate from Northland Community and Technical College

Kevin Bonham, Grand Forks Herald

THIEF RIVER FALLS — Tyler Beckman, Joe Moore and Solomon Kassaye are entering into some rare air — without ever leaving the ground.

They’ll graduate tonight from Northland Community and Technical College, becoming the country’s first unmanned aircraft system maintenance technicians certified by the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies, an industry group.

Just one of them has a job lined up. Beckman, a native of Pemberton, Minn., will stay at Northland Aerospace, located at Thief River Falls Regional Airport, to serve as the school’s aircraft repair technician.

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