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Fresno Aviation Maintenance Technology graduate Geoff Chatten

When one industry fizzles out, a career in Aviation Maintenance can take you higher

by Nyla on October 17, 2019

Geoff Chatten didn’t think it was possible to invest just under two years in education and career training and then snag his dream job…even before he graduated. But that’s how quickly his life went from how-can-I-support-my-family to I-can’t-believe-this-just-happened. His success story was a little slow to unfold. A false start needs correction After eight years

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Marine vet’s PTSD didn’t keep her from pursuing aircraft mechanic dream career

by Nyla on August 15, 2019

“When I was very little, I loved aviation and wanted to be a pilot,” says Megan Cardoza. “But I got glasses when I was five or six years old and heard I couldn’t wear glasses and be a pilot.” So she set that dream aside and went into the Marine Corps after graduating high school.

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Long-time machinist turns aviation interest into dream career

by Nyla on July 30, 2019

Michael Dodt had spent about 25 years working with his hands in the manufacturing industry, with the last 10 years working as a machinist. But those jobs were shrinking, and he knew he needed a plan. “I had to skill-up somehow, because jobs in Fresno as a machinist were scarce and the job market was

Posted in Aviation Maintenance Technology / Faculty Spotlights

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A&P Mechanic Test Prep Resources: Find Answers to FAQs Here

by SJVC on June 12, 2019

Are you preparing to take the A&P mechanic exam in pursuit of a career in aircraft maintenance? This resource center has everything you need to know about preparing for your written, oral and practical examinations administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). SJVC Fresno Aviation Campus President Lionel Smith offers guidance on what you should

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SJVC Aviation Maintenance Technology Instructor Richard Simmons

Aviation maintenance career attracts people with specific interests

by Nyla on May 21, 2019

There are two kinds of people who enroll in SJVC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program on SJVC’s Fresno – Aviation campus: Those who enjoy the mechanics of working with their hands and those who love aviation. Instructor Richard Simmons is two for two. “I fell in love with aircraft when I was 6 years old and

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New report highlights aviation maintenance employment gap and how education can help meet the growing demand

by Ryan Smith on April 9, 2019

Like most industries, aviation maintenance faces it fair share of challenges, but a surplus of skilled and formally educated technicians is not one of them. A recent report using data from the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) found that aviation mechanics continue to retire faster than they are being replaced. The 2018 ATEC Pipeline Report

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SJVC Aviation Maintenance Technology program graduate Mason Houk

Mechanical aptitude is the “It Factor” that can boost a career in Aviation Maintenance

by Nyla on March 7, 2019

After more than 20 years in the aviation maintenance industry, Mason Houk knows the key ingredient that gives new hires a distinctive edge: Hands-on experience. “You’re either good with mechanical devices or you’re not,” he says of new A&P (Airframe and Power Plant) Aviation Maintenance Technology recruits at SkyWest Airlines in Fresno, where he is

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