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Veterans often have deep hands-on experience that can easily be transferred into a new career in aerospace and advanced manufacturing.

 

Local opportunities via Washington’s community and technical colleges for Veterans

Currently featured: Everett Community College

Aviation Maintenance Master Class Description

  • Designed for personnel with military and/or industry experience in aviation maintenance who desire to prepare for their FAA testing for the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate with Airframe and Powerplant ratings.
  • Designed for military personnel who will transition within six months or for recently separated military personnel.
  • 8 week program covering all potential FAA testing subjects.
  • FAA 8610-2 Form (permission to test) required for the program.
  • Information Sessions held on a regular basis (at least monthly) at NAS Whidbey.
  • Program consists of 2 classes
  • 16 credit aviation maintenance preparation course
  • 2 credit professional portfolio course
  • Session occur twice per year during Winter and Summer Quarters.

Please share how you engage Veterans:

  • Information Sessions at NAS Whidbey (at least monthly), typically at the Fleet and Family Support Services Center.
  • Individual information sessions as needed at the college’s aviation facilities

Tell why your college got involved:

When we look at the current and impending shortfall of aviation maintenance technician, one potential avenue of the civilian workforce pipeline is through separating military personnel. Every branch of the military has an aviation maintenance division. We are fortunate in our region to have multiple Navy bases. Additionally, the military branches are actively looking for partnerships that lead to employment in the civilian sector.

Ultimately, our college division got involved with the Navy from the perspective of the workforce pipeline and to assisting the Navy in finding very good civilian employment for transitioning Navy personnel.

Currently featured: South Seattle College

South Seattle College Airframe & Powerplant Seminar

An 18 credit short-term certificate for those with aviation maintenance experience. Designed with transitioning, retiring, Veteran, National Guard, and Reserve service members in mind.

  • Career Skill Program approved by DOD Skillbridge.
  • Over four years of experience delivering the program.
  • Next class starts April 29, 2019.
  • An eight week program emphasizing FAA Oral & Practical Exam preparation and transition to a civilian aerospace career.
  • Includes industry mentoring, tours and job interview event.
  • Offered in coordination with the Career Skills Program at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM). Weekly briefing Mondays, Noon, JBLM Bldg 3271. (253-477-4748 or 253-966-2200. If you cannot attend contact: usarmy.jblm.imcom.list.dhr-aces-career-skills-program@mail.mil.
  • FAA Form 8610-2 (permission to test) is required for entry into the program.
  • Initiation of FAA written exams is also a priority for entry. (Base Testing Office offers FAA written tests that may be taken at no cost to active, transitioning and retiring service members.)
  • This program is approved for VA, Workforce development and other grant-funded support for tuition and fees.

Please share how you engage Veterans:

Tell why your college got involved:

  • FAA-licensed Aviation Maintenance Technicians are in extremely high demand regionally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.
  • Industry has identified experienced aviation mechanics from the military as highly desirable additions to their workforce.
  • However, civilian aviation substantially differs from military aviation and the required FAA licensing process is difficult to navigate without assistance.

We started this program with the knowledge that highly qualified mechanics from the military could find excellent jobs with great career potential if they obtained the FAA Mechanic Airframe and/or Powerplant licenses. And, while we hope all the mechanics stay in our state to support our strong aviation sector, we know that the FAA license provides the opportunity to work anywhere in the world in a well-paying job.

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