Florida Institute of Technology & other aviation universities as sources of future aviation professionals

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Sources of Future Aviation Professionals

There have been many cries from industry about shortage of mechanics and pilots. Initiatives to remedy this have been proposed and implemented, but the lament continues unabated.

usdot faa award of excellence diamond award

In this context, it is important to note that the FAA awarded F.I.T. Aviation LLC’s maintenance shop and aviation maintenance technicians with the William (Bill) O’Brien Diamond AMT Employer Award, the agency’s highest honor given to aviation organizations that employ FAA-certified mechanics. The award is presented as recognition of the dedication to safety demonstrated by F.I.T. Aviation in committing the time and funding to provide its 19 AMTs with training and professional development that help strengthen safety.

 

Florida Institute of Technology

F.I.T. Aviation LLC Maintenance Shop is part of the 59 year old Florida Institute of Technology (yes, FIT has 20 intercollegiate athletics teams)

Florida Institute of Technology

and the Aviation program includes practical and academic education.

Like any professional educational institution, a big consideration for prospective students is financial aid and F.I.T. offers both scholarships and loans.

Perhaps a simple, tax deductible approach to solving the projected deficit of future mechanics and pilots would be for airlines, repair stations and aviation manufacturers to sponsor scholarships at F.I.T. and other well regarded aviation education institutions.

According to US News & World Reports there are a number of highly academic institutions;

aviation schools

 

another rating service judges the top pilot training schools; and

aviation maintenance colleges

a list of exceptional schools to train AMT’s.

aviation maintenance schools

The scholarships alone will not necessarily result in the students’ graduating to the sponsoring company, but creating internships as well as mentors might create more loyalty.

Back to F.I.T., a Chinese delegation visited the campus; so, American interests would be wise to visit Melbourne, FL soon.

Sichuan Engineering Technology College in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China

Faculty members and administrators from Sichuan Engineering Technology College in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China, visited Florida Tech in October, according to Pei-feng Hsu, professor and associate vice president for international partnerships in the Far East at Florida Tech’s International Partnerships Office. During the visit, the group visited F.I.T. Aviation and was given a tour of Florida Tech Research Park and Discovery Aviation by Rob Salonen, the university’s director of global business development.

 


F.I.T. Aviation Honored by FAA with Award for Dedication to Safety, Education
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