Southern California Logistics Airport’s School of Aviation Technology Boasts 100% FAA Test Pass Rate

As Southern California Logistics Airport’s School of Aviation Technology in Victorville, CA reaches its second anniversary, the program boasts a 100% pass rate of the FAA’s written, oral and practical tests with an average student score of 88, 18 points above the passing grade.

“Safety and environmental standards have become more rigorous and the Federal Aviation Administration’s exams for certified and licensed Airframe and Powerplant mechanics have also become very difficult,” said Jim Worsham, vice president of the Victor Valley Aviation Education Consortium. “Even though our students devote 2,000 hours of hands-on training both in class and in internships, they are passing with flying colors.”

In March 2009, the school was founded by the Southern California Logistics Airport Authority and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors led by First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board provided significant financial support and student recruiting assistance.

Statistics indicate that the county’s investment in the school is putting people to work in this growing industry. Thirty nine out of the total 43 students who have graduated from the school are employed at companies such as Lockheed Martin and Southern California Aviation. A new class is scheduled to begin later this month.

“FAA-certified aviation mechanics can work anywhere in the world, collect a good starting wage, and even work up to a six-figure salary,” said Worsham He estimates that there are 400,000 aviation mechanic jobs worldwide, with the United States accounting for 25% of those positions.

“The Workforce Investment Board has identified aviation as one of the five largest employment sectors in the county,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County.  “This industry continues to need trained and skilled workers.”

Nationwide and locally, the average A&P mechanic is near retirement age.  Because of this trend, there is an estimated annual need for 200 new A&P mechanics for the companies located just at the Southern California Logistics Airport.

Through its partnerships with major aviation corporations, Southern California Logistics Airport’s School of Aviation Technology aggressively recruits students and graduates into jobs. It is one of the few schools in the United States that is located on an international working airport, giving students valuable hands-on training.

Students at Southern California Logistics Airport’s School of Aviation Technology can earn a Powerplant (aircraft engine) certification in less than a year, or 50 weeks. Powerplant certification requires completion of two courses. The first course is an 18-week General Aviation course consisting of 450 hours of classroom and practical instruction. The second course, Powerplant, is a 32-week course which includes 800 hours of classroom and practical instruction on aircraft engines.

After students are certified for Powerplant, they may transition to the Airframe Certification Program which is comprised of an additional 32-week, 800 hours of classroom and practical instruction on both the interior and exterior body of the airframe.

A high school diploma is required for entry into the program. Hand-eye coordination, good communication skills and a sound mathematical education is recommended. Prospective students of Southern California Logistics Airport’s School of Aviation Technology can get more information by calling Dave Johnson at (760) 246-9794.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors.  The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s three America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC). The AJCCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The AJCCs also support and provide services to the County’s businesses, including employee recruitment and business retention programs.

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