Aircraft Maintenance Technology

JUN-JUL 2018

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Page 18 of 51 19 been told by their high school teachers that the only way to have a happy and secure future is to go to a four-year institution and receive a bachelor’s degree.” Dennis Moehn, Fox Valley Technical College A&P instructor, says. “Another challenge is maintaining instructional equipment that is relevant to what our graduates will be working on in the field,” Moehn says. “A tear down PT6 turboprop engine currently sells for around $28,000. Manufacturers are reluctant to give equipment to colleges because they are worried the equipment will get back in to airworthy equipment.” “I have been at Spartan College for seven years, and the challenge has remained the same: presenting aviation and aerospace as viable and in-demand career options to high school students as well as veterans, and adult populations,” says Ryan Goertzen, vice president of international development and the past president of ATEC. “The primary challenge,” says Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics’ Steven Sabold, “has been in finding ways to include current and/or new technologies, soft skills, and the human factors necessary to be a top quality technician, without further increasing the length or cost of the education for the student.” “We have definitely noticed challenges with newer students that revolve around their communication skills and study habits,” says Karen Jo Johnson, associate professor, Southern Illinois University Department of Aviation Technologies, Carbondale, IL. “Younger students fail to see the necessity in written and oral communication skills, which requires faculty to place a larger emphasis on those types of assignments in addition to the favored hands-on labs. Faculty struggle to get newer students to do something as simple as a reading assignment. Rather, students tend to want more just-in-time type training.” “The greatest challenge to today’s AMT student in many ways lies in the depth of the material to be covered in only 15 months,” says Michael Gross, director of college communications for Cape Cod Community College (CCCC), Plymouth, MA. “It is an intense learning schedule with vast amounts of material to absorb. Students who come into the program with a stronger EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL University offers both associate of science and bachelor of science degrees in aviation maintenance science. EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY Quality Experience, Turntime Since 1960, operators worldwide have trusted Consolidated Aircraft Supply for their accessory overhauls. Factory trained and authorized by K.G.S. Electronics. Wherever you are worldwide, no matter what aircraft you operate, our extensive spares inventory is ready to solve your AOG needs. Call NOW for competitive pricing. 631.981.7700 • Fax: 631.981.7706 Fax: 631.981.7706 • Toll Free USA: 800.422.6300 55 Raynor Ave, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 USA • Factory trained and authorized by: KGS Electronics CONSOLIDATED AIRCRAFT SUPPLY CO., INC. Delivering On Time, At A Price That Flies True. FAA GI1R167K EASA 4346 Major credit cards accepted

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