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Paris Air Show: The International Buzz in Aerospace

View the Department of Commerce Press Release (post event) The Center of Excellence was honored to attend the 2017 Paris Air Show. Executive Director, Mary Kaye Bredeson,  participated in panel discussions, met with dignitaries from European countries, and toured Airbus to name a few items. Bredeson also attended sessions regarding what to expect in future aircraft design and technology – a huge area of innovation in the industry that will require skilled labor. Per the Washington Department of Commerce website, there are about 1,400 companies in Washington’s aerospace supply chain, “which serves Boeing, Airbus and every other major aircraft manufacturer...

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Professional Development for CTC Faculty: National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

By Sue Bradshaw, project director Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing During the week of June 19-23, 2017 the Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing, along with the Gene Haas Foundation, sponsored a Machining Instructor Training offered by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). The community & technical colleges participating this year included: Bates, Bellingham, Spokane, Everett, Lower Columbia and a guest from Broward Schools in Florida. This 5-day Machining Instructor Training workshop included classroom and hands-on lab time in which participants gained a working knowledge of NIMS credentialing and program accreditation, learned best...

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Top tips for hiring

By Jennifer Ferrero, APR THE 10 BEST TIPS FOR FINDING YOUR NEXT MANUFACTURING EMPLOYEES The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing is a hiring resource for Washington employers. Here are some tips gleaned over the years through our interactions with industry and educational groups. #1. Post your jobs on our website – We communicate directly with our community and technical college deans and instructors about available jobs. They can share these jobs with their students, and graduates, so that they can apply for these positions. It’s a win-win! #2. Check out recent graduates from our community...

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How to insure a UAV

By: Joe Ernster Bullock Agency, Inc. White paper: Insurance for Commercial UAS Operations – Demystifying UAS Insurance Coverage Where to Start When first starting out as a commercial UAV operator, many business owners and pilots do not know where to begin to locate an insurance provider. Many “standard” insurance companies do not insure, and may specifically exclude, UAS from their policies. In order to properly insure your commercial UAV operations, the best organizations to contact are aviation specific insurance companies. Aviation specific insurance companies use brokers to quote, sell, and service their policies. So, the first step in...

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Passionate “Professor” Inspires Next Generation of Manufacturing Technicians

By Jennifer Ferrero, APR Former boxer turned entrepreneur, George Foreman once said, “Filling a need is not merely good business; it’s a basic attitude towards life. If you see a need, do whatever you can to meet that need.” Former Boeing employee, Pat Pritchard is an example of putting this into practice. Pritchard, who worked for Boeing in Facilities, and in a variety of machine maintenance roles, knew a lot about how to manage systems, and fix machines when they were broken. With a desire to use that knowledge to help others to serve in a similar capacity, Pritchard...

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