Avionics News July 2017 - 42
Photos courtesy of Everett Community College
Everett Community College's aviation program benefits from its location on the Snohomish County Airport and access to a wide array of aircraft types.
TRAINING TOMORROW'S TECHNICIANS
Avionics News: From hardware repair to soft skills,
that looks like a well-rounded education.
approach to troubleshooting for avionics, both theoretical and
A component of our program that is unique is soft skills
training. As part of the program, we evaluate our students on
these skills, and it is incorporated into their quarterly grades.
The skills evaluate everything from participation and teamwork to respect and documentary discipline.
Prosch: This is the program our industry partners wanted
and need. They understand the program as meeting the skills
gap they have identified. In addition to coupling the program
with the Part 147 program, our avionics manufacturers and
repair shops use the program as a stand-alone, as the students
receive an avionics certificate at the end of two quarters,
making them eligible to work for one of the avionics manufacturers. Boeing also has sent current employees through the
program. The other partners, such as commercial airlines, will
hire our graduates with both the A&P and advanced avionics
training completed, at a higher rate of pay.
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Avionics News: Your first advanced avionics class
began this past April. How have your students reacted to it?
Everett students use state-of-the-art training equipment and software to learn
a systematic approach to advanced avionics troubleshooting and testing.
Prosch: It's been very positive. The students understand
this is the first time we are offering the program and have been
patient and provide great feedback. They are enjoying the
integrated approach of hands-on and theoretical teaching using
the Nida trainers, in-class teaching, and projects we provide.
The board of trustees for EvCC recognized the need for the
program and were generous to provide funding to start it.
We had about two months to create and launch the program,
including recruiting and enrolling students. We ended up with
10 students in the class. Of the 10, we have three who already
have their A&P licenses. Six are starting with advanced avionics and plan to continue for an A&P, and one student who