On Tuesday, December 4th, Burlington Technical Center opened up their Burlington International Airport hanger doors to community members, students, and District staff. Led by classroom instructors Moses Daly and Jason Cooper, attendees of BTC’s “Aviation Open House” learned about the Aviation & Aerospace Technology program offered to traditional high school technical center students, as well as the Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate, offered by BTC’s Adult and Continuing Education program. Guests not only toured the private facilities but also had a chance to gain firsthand experience of the core curriculum.
“Learn by Doing!” BTC Director Tracy Raciot said as an attendee climbed into an aircraft and was given step-by-step instructions on how to raise and lower an airplane’s landing gear. Attendees also participated in safety-wire demonstrations and had a chance to run a $10,000 piece of equipment designed to help mechanics label and identify internal wiring systems.
The Aviation & Aerospace Technology program at BTC is a highly technical and multidisciplinary curriculum that teaches students not only how aircraft work but how to troubleshoot, inspect and maintain those aircraft. Units review everything from the basics like math and physics to more specific subjects like corrosion control, aircraft hardware and flight surfaces, and even FAA rules and regulations. Graduates from the BTC Aviation and Aerospace Technology program (as well as community members looking to try something new) have the option of attending our satellite facility at the Burlington airport to continue their training and obtain their Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate.
If you’re interested in learning more about the program, please visit BTC’s Aviation & Aerospace Technology website.
Bummed you missed the event? Stay tuned for details regarding the next Aviation & Aerospace Technology open house in Spring 2019.