About Us

North Central Institute

An Aviation Maintenance Technician School

Founded in 1988

North Central Institute (NCI) has been providing aviation training in Clarksville, Tennessee and Fort Campbell, Kentucky communities for over 35 years. NCI is a veteran owned entity accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, authorized by Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is a Federal Aviation Administration approved Aircraft Maintenance Technician School (AMTS) that has been continuously and successfully training students for aviation careers.

Clarksville Campus

Our campus is located on 6.9 acres and comprised of a 30,000 square feet training facility housing administrative offices, aviation laboratories and classroom space. NCI’s programs offer a uniquely designed curriculum that qualifies students to enter an industry with both national and global career opportunities. To support our programs, we have a multitude of training aides, equipment, engines, tools and aircraft to simulate working with an airline, aircraft manufacturer, maintenance repair operation, or department of defense. Our fleet includes a Bell 407 FireX Helicopter, Cessna 310, Cessna 172 and numerous reciprocating and turbine engines.

Aviation Maintenance

Our AMT program completers are highly skilled and ready to work in a variety of complex, challenging, and rewarding career paths. The opportunity to earn your Federal Aviation Administration (FAA Part 147) Airframe and/or Powerplant Certificates and your Associates Degree is within reach at NCI.

Dr John D. McCurdy “Doc”

Doc retired from the US Army after serving 27 years. He has an extensive history with and love for the Aviation Industry. Doc founded North Central Institute on the belief that an education geared directly to an area of concentration for career success is the best education one could have.


NCI has over 2500 alum impacting the maintenance and safety of today’s air travel. With over 2.5 million airline passengers daily, our graduates are making a difference. Our employer partners are eager to meet and employ NCI graduates to help address the shortage of aviation professionals in the industry. NCI takes pride in providing accessible and affordable education opportunities to veterans, women, minorities and underrepresented communities for over 35 years.

Repair, Maintain, Overhaul, We Teach It All! That’s the NCI way.