Middle Georgia State’s School of Aviation Partners with Delta Airlines TechOps to Develop Aircraft Maintenance Technicians
Thursday, June 21st, 2018
The pathway to a high-paying job in aviation is becoming a lot more navigable, thanks to a partnership between Middle Georgia State University’s School of Aviation and Delta Airlines. Delta’s partnership with MGA – one of only 45 schools nationwide that were selected to participate – is designed to help the University better prepare students to meet an industry need for qualified and well-trained aviation maintenance technicians.
“This partnership is a win for everyone involved” said Martin Kehayes, chair of the aviation school's Department of Aviation Maintenance and Structural Technology. “Our students and instructors will benefit from having available to them world class training resources, and in return, Delta will be able to recruit AMT graduates better prepared to enter the air carrier world.”
Delta visited more than 75 schools across the U.S., using the same objective criteria. Delta partnered with 45 of the schools, according to Michael Mackey, manager of Delta TechOps Training. Mackey said, “Delta will contribute aviation maintenance eLearning modules, technical data, aircraft parts, and technical training for instructional staff, all designed to raise the awareness of airline maintenance operations and to better prepare the future aviation maintenance technicians of Delta Air Lines and the airline industry.”
MGA’s School of Aviation offers both certificates and degrees in aviation maintenance technology. After completing their time in both the classroom and the hangar, with hands-on training with MGA’s fleet of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, many students go on to take FAA exams for airframe and powerplant ratings, enabling them to take jobs maintaining aircraft for commercial, private, and governmental organizations. Graduates of the program will soon find themselves in an enviable position – holding a sought-after skill set in a high-paying field.
As members of the current aviation maintenance workforce reach retirement age, graduates with the necessary skills and certifications will find jobs paying in the neighborhood of $30 per hour as companies and government entities work to keep their planes and helicopters airworthy. Through the partnership with Delta Airlines, MGA’s AMT students will be exposed to digital training tools identical to those used by Delta in training new employees. The airline will also be providing the University with decertified airliner parts – parts deemed no longer fit to fly – so students can have access to and experience with working with the same parts and tools that Delta mechanics use at the company’s TechOps facility in Atlanta or at any airline repair facility in the world.
“When an MGA graduate applies for a job with Delta Airlines, or one of its regional partners, the company will know they’re looking at a highly qualified applicant with a robust skill set,” said Kehayes.