Aviation Maintenance School to Open in Bangor

Maine Aero Services and UTC are jointly developing an aviation maintenance technician school to train high school students and adults to become FAA-certified airframe and powerplant (A&P) technicians.

Qualified MAS employees, including Ray Lane, will be among the instructors.

According to Lane, a student must complete “1,900 hours [of schooling]” to test for A & P certification. The joint MAS-UTC school will be structured so that students would take 350 hours their junior year and 350 hours their senior year, then spend a year at Burlington Aviation Technology in Burlington, Vt. or at a similar school elsewhere in New England.

“We can get our adult ed program up and running pretty quickly,” Woodman said. “We know there is a call for this.”

Representing the Air Force and Army, National Guard technicians respectively maintain KC-135R Stratotankers and HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters at Bangor International Airport. However, despite their extensive training and experience, these technicians do not automatically qualify as FAA-certified A&P technicians, Lane indicated.

“They would need to take the training” to learn how to maintain general aviation, corporate, and commercial aircraft, he said. Some Guard personnel have already expressed interest in attending the new school, Lane noted.

According to Woodman, UTC officials are pleased to be involved in the school’s development. “It is our job to support business,” he said. “If we have a highly trained, skilled workforce, business will come.

“This is the way that business and we work,” Woodman said. “We want to make sure our kids get to explore jobs they might want to do after they graduate.

“I think it’s going to be a great program,” he said.

Article taken from Bangor Daily News - http://bangordailynews.com
URL to article: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/02/12/the-weekly/aviation-maintenance-school-to-open-in-bangor/

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