What is The PAC Meeting?
National Aviation Academy staff from both the Tampa Bay and New England campuses and aviation industry employers recently met virtually on April 8, 2021, for a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to gain industry feedback about our curriculum, our alumni in the workforce, and to provide information about improvements we have made and our current student census.
The additional discussion revolved around company hiring statuses, industry trends, and technology used by mechanics in the field.
Testing at National Aviation Academy
Recruiters are always impressed with NAA’s unique testing program for two reasons: (1) students can test for their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) General, Powerplant, and Airframe certifications throughout the course, which is not standard practice at other schools where instead students test for all three at the end of the course, and (2) there is a PSI testing center on-campus—both of these advantages benefit students by making the testing process less stressful.
The Education department reminded the employers of the other certifications students in the Advanced Aircraft Systems (AAS) program can obtain including Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Certifications for Element 1 – MROP (Marine Radio Operator Permit), Element 3 – GROL (General Radiotelephone Operator License), Element 8 – Radar. Additionally, students can earn the National Center for Aircraft Technician Training (NCATT) Aircraft Electronics Technician Certification which the NAA Career Services Team is seeing more interest, as well as requirements, from employers.
National Aviation Academy’s Pandemic Best Practices and Initiatives
The employers also learned about NAA’s best practices regarding opening campuses due to COVID regulations and staff shared new school initiatives including committees working on partnerships with employers regarding scholarships and community service. The employers offered feedback on NAA’s programs, the services the career services team offers, their ability to visit both campuses in the near future, and the importance of students being open to relocation. Two of the attending employers mentioned they appreciate the processes students go through at NAA which prepare them for employment, including the temp checks, and especially, punctuality and wearing uniforms. They agreed that knowledge of technology is important, but that neat handwriting is definitely a necessary skill in a mechanic.
The employers offered wonderful feedback, new ideas, and information regarding trends in the industry. NAA staff are truly grateful for the time employers took to meet and the reviews and information they contributed! We look forward to working with employers in the future to better fit their current industry needs.