Bombardier has established a new aviation apprenticeship programme in association with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) designed to develop local talent, drive regional aerospace growth and provide support for the manufacture of the Advanced Metallic Wing for the Global 7500 aircraft at its Red Oak facility.
The two-year Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program (BAAP) will offer students a chance to enter the aerospace sector with no formal qualifications. It challenges them to present a winning attitude and develop mechanical dexterity and sound logic skills to be able to pass an entry-level aptitude test.
In turn, Bombardier and TSTC will offer expert training in conjunction with TSTC’s facilities, allowing students to benefit from modules, experienced instructors, tools and equipment and financial support at no cost.
“The growth of Bombardier’s Global 7500 programme is paramount to the future success and development of Bombardier Aviation – and this new apprenticeship programme will foster the development of a talent pipeline necessary to keep up with all of our customer demands,” said Paul Sislian, chief operating officer at Bombardier Aviation. “This new programme will also create strong partnerships with local, state and federal level government bodies in the Red Oak region, bringing world-class training opportunities and cementing Bombardier Aviation into the community.”
“TSTC is extremely excited about the opportunity to partner with Bombardier on the Aviation Apprenticeship Program,” said Marcus Balch, provost of Texas State Technical College’s North Texas campus in Red Oak. “This programme is a prime example of the type of strategic partnerships that TSTC desires to build moving forward. The Bombardier team and the City of Red Oak have been a pleasure to work with, and the plan is continue this partnership for many years to come!”
The BAAP will offer practical and on-the-job training. Key elements 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.
With its sophisticated slats and flap system, the Global 7500’s wing is designed to maximise aerodynamic efficiency and performance for improved safety and a smooth ride.