A Bombardier apprenticeship training programme run in association with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Red Oak, Texas, has gained official registration by the US Department of Labor.
With this important designation, Bombardier can expand its search for talented individuals from across the USA to maximise its talent pool and drive regional aerospace growth for the manufacture of the advanced metallic wing for the Global 7500 aircraft at its Red Oak facility.
The two-year Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Programme (BAAP), launched in December 2019, offers students the opportunity to enter the high-tech aerospace sector with no formal qualifications. It challenges them to present a winning attitude and develop mechanical dexterity and sound logic skills to pass an entry-level aptitude test. In turn, Bombardier and TSTC offer expert training in conjunction with TSTC’s excellent facilities, allowing students to benefit at no cost from industry-tailored modules, experienced instructors, tools and equipment and financial support.
Some 55 individuals are currently being trained in the programme. Bombardier and the TSTC plan to recruit more than 100 individuals to the programme over the next two years.
“Achieving official accreditation from the US Department of Labor is crucial as it enables us to increase our scope and search for the best talent available to grow the programme – and in turn continue to ramp up Bombardier’s Global 7500 programme,” said Paul Sislian, executive vice president, operations and operational excellence, Bombardier Aviation. “With more than 50 talented individuals currently being trained in the programme, it underscores the importance of fuelling the aerospace pipeline in the Red Oak region, bringing world-class training opportunities and cementing Bombardier Aviation into the community. This certificate designation represents an ideal way for Bombardier to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week in the USA.”
The BAAP continues to offer a blend of practical and on-the-job training with theoretical, in-class learning. Educational topics covered include the introduction of health, safety and quality best practices, as well as aircraft drawing and specification comprehension, manufacturing appreciation of standard and regulatory compliances of aircraft assembly and more.
The Global 7500 jet is the flagship of the Bombardier business aircraft fleet, and it has won numerous awards for its design.