Pierpont Community And Technical College To Offer Aircraft Structures Training
Pierpont Community and Technical College is providing an eight week program that will be used to train entry-level workers in the skills necessary for the aircraft assembly industry. The best part about it, is it's free.
"We have a grant through the state," said Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center Director Tom Strose. "Chancellor Skidmore was very kind in helping us develop this program and funding this grant program so that we are able to offer it to the citizens."
The eight week Aircraft Structures Training Program requires no aviation experience.
Students will learn about assembly tools, blueprint reading, and more.
"It's going to be a very extensive, difficult course," said HQ Aero Vice President of U.S. Operations Ron Eagle. "People have to be really willing to study, really crack open the books."
Pierpont has partnered up with local aerospace industries, like HQ Aero, to provide the training.
The company offers nationwide recruitment services to the aviation industry.
"This program was designed to help the local industry build their recruitment staff and being able to fill that void of structures technicians that's currently out there," Eagle said.
HQ Aero will place quality individuals who have successfully completed the eight week program into vacant aviation positions locally.
"The employers will be coming over and looking at their projects and seeing those who have developed the skills and the craftsmanship," Strose said. "From that pool, the employers will pick the students they want to hire."
Classes for the first group of students are expected to begin in early November.
It will run for eight weeks, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
All of the classes will take place at the RCB National Aerospace Education Center.
904 West Pike Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
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