Greg Ostovich and Michael Bouchard of Delta TechOps visited NAA’s Tampa Bay campus on January 11, 2017. Mr. Ostovich and Mr. Bouchard are acting managers of technical operations in Tampa and Orlando, respectively. The pair shared their expert knowledge regarding trends in aviation, and spoke about what Delta is looking for in maintenance personnel. Students were able to ask questions about the hiring process and get answers directly from the source.
Mr. Bouchard was extremely vocal about the need for Advanced Aircraft Systems (AAS) training, stating that, “at this point, we have to accept that avionics training has become a requirement.”
Bouchard pointed to examples of NAA students who have been recruited by Delta within the past year, who are now working line maintenance in Los Angeles. These individuals graduated NAA’s AAS program, and were able to impress Delta’s hiring managers with their thorough knowledge of electrical, electronic and wiring systems. They landed the careers of their dreams immediately upon graduating. However, it would not have been possible without AAS.
Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) certification offers an entry point into the world of aviation maintenance, but AAS training is what makes an individual fully-equipped to meet the demands of modern aircraft. As the industry continues to evolve, A&P mechanics must as well. A working knowledge of avionics equipment and other sophisticated systems is essential to compete for high-level positions within the industry, as is the case at Delta. Advanced training conveys aptitude to leads and supervisors, offering prestige and increased opportunities.
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