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PCC’s Aviation Technology Graduates in March 1 Completion Ceremony

February 27, 2013

Tucson, AZ – PCC’s Aviation Technology Program marks a first with the group of approximately 45 students receiving their certificates of completion in a ceremony Friday, March 1.

For the first time in the program’s history, every one of the 24 students graduating from the Airframe and Powerplant training already had a FAA airframe license before finishing their powerplant classes, making them eligible to work in the field. Usually a handful of students, at most, will have done so, with most taking the licensing exam in the months after completing training.

Several members of this graduating class have job offers and Bombardier staff recently did a blanket interview with all interested students. Several students already have accepted Bombardier job offers and more are expected to decide soon.

The College offers certificate and degree opportunities in Airframe and Powerplant, Avionics, and Structural Repair concentrations. Most Aviation Technology Program students combine at least two concentrations. Upon completing their training, students are eligible to take either FAA certification exams (Airframe and Powerplant and Structural Repair) or National Center for Aerospace Transportation Technologies (NCATT) certification exams (Avionics). Certification is required to work in the industry.

At Friday’s completion ceremony, U.S. Air Force Maj. Kathryn N. Roman, Commander, 355th Maintenance Operations Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, will be the keynote speaker.

“Major Roman exemplifies the career possibilities for someone who has the drive to succeed in today’s aviation industry. We are honored to have her address our graduating students,” said Dr. Johnson Bia, President of Desert Vista Campus, the Aviation Technology Program’s home campus. “A profession in the aviation industry is awaiting both males and females who are proficient with technology, attention to details, critical thinking, mathematics and a passion for career growth.”

Friday’s ceremony will be held in the 10,700-square-foot Aviation Technology Center hangar, adjacent to one of the program’s Boeing 727s. For ceremony details, see the attached program.

  • What: Aviation Technology Program Completion Ceremony
  • When: 5:30 p.m., March 1, 2013
  • Where: PCC Aviation Technology Center, 7211 S. Park Ave.
  • Info: 206-5910

Students develop their skills on a variety of aircraft models, from single-engine Piper and Cessna airplanes to Boeing 727s jets, including a 727-200F donated by FedEx Express on July 31.

PCC has a transfer partnership with Eastern New Mexico University to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Arts & Sciences, Aviation Studies. Most PCC Aviation Technology Program students have jobs by the time they graduate. The Aviation Technology Program runs cohort classes year-round, with students completing in March and August each year

The College’s Aviation Technology Center (ATC) is a state-of-the-art facility, opened on the west side of Tucson International Airport in August 2001.

PCC’s Aviation Technology Program is highly regarded in the aerospace industry. A recent story in Inside Tucson Business called the program “one of the best kept secrets among many in the Tucson region.” Many veterans are among its students, as discussed in a story that appeared in the Arizona Daily Star.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850