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GEORGE T.
BAKER AVIATION
TECHNICAL
COLLEGE

LOCATION:
3275 NW 42nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33142
PHONE: 305-871-3143

Baker Aviation offers
early training in avionics,
aircraft maintenance
S T O R Y

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s the industry struggles with the dwindling
numbers of aircraft mechanics and avionics
technicians, George T. Baker Aviation
Technical College in Miami offers a bright, successful
model for moving forward. The school has trained
the next generation of aviation technicians since the
aviation program started in 1939
at Miami Senior High School.
Today, some 1,000 students are
enrolled in the technical college,
studying for a career in aviation.
The school, which is part of
the Miami-Dade County Public
School System, occupies a wellequipped 56,000-square-foot facility on a 7-acre campus
adjacent to the Miami International Airport. It provides
occupational training in aviation maintenance and
avionics for both high school students and those beyond
their teenage years.
Along with classroom work, students receive handson training on a variety of avionics, electrical systems,
test sets and static aircraft.
"We have two jets - a Boeing 737-200 and an MD-80
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- and more than 20 aircraft, including small and midsize airplanes as well as helicopters," said Alexandre
Ramirez, library media specialist for the college.
"Students learn on equipment they would actually use in
the field such as the Aeroflex IFR 6000 and IFR 4000,
AEA Technology Avionics TDR kit, Tel-Instrument
TR-220 multifunction test set,
GDS-1102B oscilloscope, and TelInstrument T-30D ramp test set, as
well as troubleshooting on actual
aircraft systems."
Field trips give students
an inside look at working
maintenance operations.
"We have a couple of instructors who are
maintenance technicians and crew chiefs with major
airlines," Ramirez said. "They take the students on field
trips to the maintenance hangars and maintenance repair
operations at Miami International Airport and MiamiOpa Locka Executive Airport."
Training at an early age comes with a huge
advantage for students who are dual-enrolled in high
school and at the technical college - zero tuition cost.



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