LCC students soar toward Aviation Technology success
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The LCC Aviation Technology program has been around for 40 years. The program was located at Lansing’s Capital City Airport before relocating to Mason in 2014.
Students who enter this program can receive a degree in two years, then enter a field that is high in demand.
According to Aviation Technology Program Manager Mark Cosgrove, there are 138,000 open jobs in this field and the average salary is $50,000.
Classwork consists of learning Federal Aviation Administration regulations, as well as math and physics as it pertains to aircrafts, Cosgrove said. The more hands-on labs consist of working on air-frame maintenance and various airplane engines.
“We regularly have employers call us asking us if we have students ready to go,” Cosgrove said. “A number of our students are hired before finishing the program, contingent upon getting their license.”
FAA regulations set a maximum of 25 students to a classroom; one class for first-year students and another for second-year students.
Jennifer Fenning, the LCC Aviation Program coordinator, spoke on how close-knit the students and faculty are.
“We all know each other very well,” Fenning said. “We help each other out, academically and personally. The students appreciate it as well. It is not a traditional college setting.
Several tests are taken throughout the two-year course, including a written test. Oral and practical exams are also taken to test airframe and power plant skills.
Federal testing is done through a separate FAA testing facility.
Examiners conduct simulated hands-on scenarios that students must solve. Once a student passes the exam to become certified, the FAA license is good for a lifetime.
LCC student Christian Labiano spoke on what he likes best about the Aviation Technology Program.
“The facilities are incredible; it’s really brand new,” Labiano said. “We have all the tools we need here. We are really set up to succeed.”
For more information on the LCC Aviation Technology Program, log on lcc.edu/aviation.