Avionics News July 2017 - 41
Courtesy of Everett Community College
Everett Community College students not only get graded on their knowledge of actual avionics systems, they also get evaluated for their
teamwork and communications skills.
and integrated system for training avionics techs.
We also developed additional courses for wiring, fiber optics, FCC license preparation, and avionics troubleshooting for
the program. The program includes the college certificates and
degrees that tie into our A&P program so that students can be
fully prepared to be an aircraft electronics technician/avionics
Avionics News: Was Boeing the only company that
partnered on the development of the program?
Prosch: No. We also partnered with Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Rolls Royce, and regional avionics manufacturers
such as Dynon Avionics. Our partners have unanimously supported our program as a resource for their workforce pipeline.
Avionics News: So, while you are competitors, you
are also cooperating with the other Part 147 schools in the area
to improve your total educational offerings.
Prosch: We are not truly competitors as Part 147 schools
in Washington state. We understand there is a large gap in
avionics training and have all collaborated on implementa-
tion of avionics training programs. I co-chair the regional Part
147 consortium, known as the Fighting 147s. Together, with
the Washington state Center of Excellence for Aerospace and
Advanced Manufacturing, we meet quarterly and have been
very collaborative in finding ways to meet industry demand.
Avionics has been the core of our work over the past year.
We are the first of the state's Part 147 schools to offer the
advanced avionics program, and the plan is for the other
schools to emulate our courses and programming.
Avionics News: How is your advanced avionics program structured?
Prosch: Our curriculum is divided into eight courses
that are completed over two college quarters. As part of the
eight courses, we teach electricity, electronics, fiber optics and
wiring, digital tools and techniques, data bus training - including computer language and a bit of programming so they can
work on the computer systems found in avionics, including
microprocessors - and FCC license preparation and license
endorsements. The last thing students learn is a systematic
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