Collins Aerospace Systems has joined hands with with Coastal Alabama Community College for an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) apprenticeship at the college’s aerostructures facility in Foley, Alabama.
The four-year program will provide apprentices with on-the-job training, college credit toward an associate’s degree in airframe technology and a Federal Aviation Administration airframe license.
“Our 35-year history in Foley has given us a strong connection to this community and we are proud to offer local students an opportunity to combine education with experience and launch their careers in the growing aerospace industry,” said Marc Duvall, president of the Aerostructures business unit at Collins Aerospace. “To train the maintenance technicians we need while creating new jobs in Foley and supporting higher education – it’s a win for everyone involved.”
“We’re excited about the partnership between Coastal Alabama Community College and Collins Aerospace,” said Mark Sloan, director, Alabama Aviation Center at Coastal Alabama Community College. “This apprenticeship program adds another level to our current aviation work/study, and internship programs. Our students, Collins Aerospace, and our community’s workforce will benefit from this joint venture for years to come.”
The program, recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and benchmarked by the top apprentice programs globally, goes beyond the classroom by showing students with an interest in aviation and mechanics how to apply these skills in real life. These students will have the opportunity to work alongside mechanics in the facility.
In 2017, Collins announced the expansion of its Foley facility, and has exceeded its commitment to bring 260 additional jobs to the area and now employs over 1,000 people.