Redstone College Students Earn Top Awards at 2012 AMTSociety Aviation Competition

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Mar 21, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Redstone College, a Denver-based institution of higher learning, recently sent two student teams to compete in the AMTSociety’s Aviation Maintenance Skills Competition in Las Vegas. Redstone also sponsored a professional team that included three current and former faculty members. A total of 27 teams competed in the Cygnus Aviation Expo annual event, which attracted international teams, domestic air carriers, military teams and nine aviation maintenance school teams.

Team Redstone RED, comprised of five Redstone students, placed first in the school category while Team Redstone BLACK, also comprised of five Redstone students, placed third in the school category. Team Colorado, the Redstone-sponsored professional team, placed first in the general aviation division. This is the fourth consecutive year Team Colorado has won the general aviation category, and the second consecutive year that a Redstone student team took home the top prize in the school category.

“We are so very proud of how our teams represented Redstone College throughout this competition -- these students are our best and brightest, and they proved that to the industry at this event,” said Mike Couling, Redstone College campus president. “We are bursting with pride over their accomplishment, as well as the work of their instructors who worked tirelessly to help prepare them for this competition. Without our dedicated instructors who go above and beyond every day, Redstone would be just another school. They make college extraordinary for our students and it makes a real difference in the lives of our students for years to come.”

Both teams participated in a three-day (March 7-9) competition that included 16 separate troubleshooting and core competency skills events. Nearly 30 teams participated, nine of which were school teams, and were judged on their ability to troubleshoot electrical systems, engine component removal and reinstallation, hydraulic system troubleshooting, rigid tube repair and safety wiring among others.

The AMT Society Maintenance Skills Competition gives teams of licensed aviation maintenance technicians, educators, students and aircraft maintenance personnel of the Armed Forces the opportunity to test their combined abilities against those of their peers. According to the AMT Society, “This competition helps enable the constant upgrading of the standards to which today's skilled technicians are held. The event also showcases the knowledge, skill and integrity that each and every technician, both current and future, possesses.”

Also at the competition, special awards were given to the top times in each event. Redstone student Rob Curtis, of Denver, won the award in the school category for the Alaska Airlines event, and Team Colorado’s Fabio Natal was an award recipient for the fastest time in the safety wire event of all the competing teams. Team Redstone BLACK also received special recognition for being the fastest team in the school category to finish the NIDA power distribution event.

About Redstone College

Founded in 1965 and located in Broomfield, Redstone College offers a variety of technical degree programs including Airframe and Powerplant (A&P), Advanced Electronics Technology, Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC), Construction Management and Wind Energy Technology (WIND). Redstone College programs are highly integrated to ensure students learn from instructors who have industry experience, receive hands-on practical training, industry networking opportunities, career placement assistance and tuition-free alumni retraining* and more. Since the school was founded, more than 15,000 students have graduated from the programs. For more information on Redstone College, visit www.Redstone.edu.

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