ISU College of Tech Aircraft Maintenance Program Receives Large Gift

Reported by: Phil Campbell
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Updated: 9/27/2012 6:41 pm

The Aircraft Maintenance Program at the ISU College of Technology continues to grow. Students from this program not only compete nationally but they often excel at that level. Thursday, the program received a generous donation.

The future is now for students in the Aircraft Maintenance program at ISU. That’s because they can receive training and fix real life problems using the same technology that will be required from them after they graduate.

“It’s fully functional, said Tracy Kalbfleisch, Director of Aircraft Services for Western Aircraft. “It’s state of the art. There’s a lot of airplanes out there that are flying around with this exact technology in it today.”

This donation comes from Western Aircraft, a Boise-based company that has taken great interest in helping bolster the aircraft maintenance program at ISU.  The simulation machine comes with a price tag of around $100,000 and will be a huge boost to ISU.

“Really what this provides us with, the cockpit trainer, is the ability to do entry level tasks without being in an aircraft,” said Gary Shipley, Aircraft Maintenance Program Coordinator. “We can increase the number of people involved in our group setting and we can parallel the real world installations that this thing has.”

The job placement rate for graduates from the aircraft maintenance program is over 90 percent and that number could actually increase in the coming years.  

“The demand globally, as well as nationally for A&P’s is higher than it’s ever been,” continued Shipley. “The average age is about 58 and so there’s a big gap coming up in the next 10 years both nationally and globally.”

You can learn more about the programs offered from the ISU College of Technology program at this link.

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