The first class – of 12 students – has graduated from the Utah Aerospace Pathways program – a joint initiative between the state and industry partners including MSC Aerospace and SyberJet Aircraft. Established in April 2016, the program aims to equip graduating high school students for a career in aerospace manufacturing.
Topics covered include precision sheet metal assembly, manufacturing principles, tool usage/safety, environmental health, precision measuring instruments, organizational awareness, applied math and aerospace blueprint reading.
“MSC provides a unique experience-based learning opportunity for the students,” said Chuck Taylor, president of SyberJet Aircraft. “The students work hand in hand with experienced industry professionals and are exposed to all facets of aircraft manufacturing. They work with aircraft designers, fabricators, assemblers, quality inspectors, aircraft mechanics and flight test personnel. They can even help roll a finished aircraft out of a hangar.”
“This program is a great example of industry, education and government working together to create a program that builds the talent pipeline for Utah’s growing aerospace industry,” said Megen Ralphs, State Workforce Development Board chair and human resources director at MSC Aerospace.
“These graduates are better prepared to enter the aerospace manufacturing job market and/or use this experience to enhance their post-secondary education goals.”
June 7, 2017