Collins Aerospace Systems will announce later today (May 2) that it is launching an aviation maintenance technician apprenticeship program at its aerostructures facility in Foley, Alabama, to fill skilled jobs it needs.
The four-year program includes two years of college and two years of on-the-job training, done in cooperation with Coastal Alabama Community College.
After completing the four-year blended curriculum, apprentices will receive an associate degree from the college and an FAA airframe license. “They will also be trained in all aspects of aircraft nacelle systems repair and overhaul processes, along with gaining experience in the business support functions including engineering repair design,” says Scott Hannah, general manager of Collins Aerospace’s Foley facilit
This new apprenticeship program complements the facility’s aviation work/study and internship programs and provides full-time employment.
Hannah says he originally was going to start with two apprentices but “due to the high standards of applicants, we increased it to three.” He expects to add a similar number of apprentices each year.
The apprenticeship opportunity was posted on the Collins Aerospace online job site. The minimum requirement is a high school diploma and a minimum 2.5 GPA or higher throughout college. Candidates also “must successfully navigate a panel interview,” says Hannah.
Collins Aerospace’s facility in Foley mainly provides MRO on large commercial aircraft nacelle systems. It also provides engine-build up and quick engine change services for Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan, CFM56-5 and V2500-A5 engines.
The facility was part of UTC Aerospace Systems before United Technologies and Rockwell Collins merged in November 2018.