Southwest Texas Junior College is now offering classes in general and airframe training, following approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to Johnny Guzman, dean of the school of applied sciences, the college received official notice from the FAA on Dec. 19 in an approval process that has taken two years.
“A few years ago, a group of Del Rio community leaders and Laughlin Air Force Base officials approached SWTJC with the idea to initiate an aviation maintenance program,” Guzman said. “The goal was to provide a workforce for the increasing demand for aviation mechanics, specifically for the base in Del Rio. It has been a long road. We began the application process back in 2018, so you can imagine the joy we felt after learning we were finally approved.”
According to Guzman, the FAA Part 147 curriculum-based program is a Level 2 Certificate program for those who desire to gain knowledge and skills in the airframe mechanics field.
Students will learn skills in aviation shop practices, ground operations, aviation science, basic electricity, landing gear systems, and airframe inspection, along with shop safety, servicing, and general operating procedures.
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