Aviation technician education’s premier event is scheduled for March 17-20 at WSU Tech. This year’s agenda is jam-packed with something for everyone. Instructors, administrators, career services personnel, designated mechanic examiners, company recruiters and workforce development professionals are encouraged to attend.
Fly direct to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport from eleven U.S. cities. Search for routes, destinations and schedules by clicking on this interactive map.
WSU Tech is located on Colonel James Jabara Airport (ICAO: KAAO, FAA LID: AAO), a public airport located nine miles northeast of the central business district of Wichita. Attendees may therefore “fly-in” to the conference in lieu of commercial travel.
Aloft Wichita Northeast
Welcome reception location and 3.6 miles from WSU Tech
3642 N Oliver Ave Wichita, Kansas 67220
Book online until Feb. 13 for the group rate of $119/night, or call and request the ATEC rate
Courtyard Wichita East
Located 1.5 miles from WSU Tech
2975 N. Webb Road, Wichita, KS 67226
Book Online until Feb. 19 for the group rate of $104/night, or call and request the ATEC rate
Transfers and Rentals
Attendees will be responsible for transfers between the hotel and WSU Tech during the day (ample parking is available), and for airport transfers (the hotels do not provide airport shuttle service). Here are resources and recommendations for transportation:
Register here. Registration fees include all meals and activities.
Sunday March 17, 2019
12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Setup at WSU Tech Hangar
1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ATEC Board Meeting at WSU Tech
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Registration at Aloft Wichita Northeast
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Committee Meetings at Aloft Wichita Northeast
Monday, March 18, 2019
7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Registration at WSU Tech Commons
7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Keynote Address
9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. General Session I: What We Have Done for You Lately
Hear what the council is doing through and for its members.
Gary Hoyle, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Director of Campus Operations & ATEC President
Crystal Maguire, Executive Director, ATEC
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. General Session II: Aviation Policy Briefing
Get an overview of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) initiatives impacting aviation maintenance technician education and workforce development.
Timothy W. Shaver, Director, Flight Standards, Office of Safety Standards
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. General Session III: Choose Aerospace
A coalition of aviation stakeholders are coming together to build awareness about careers in aviation. Hear what’s on the horizon for the campaign.
Mitch Mirsky, Account Director, FIFTEEN
Crystal Maguire, Executive Director, ATEC
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. General Session IV: We're Hiring
Employers are hiring, what are they looking for? Have a candid discussion with corporate human resources personnel about hiring criteria and candidate shortfalls.
Moderator: Pamm Toner, Director, Talent Acquisition, United Airlines
Kevin Dallaire, Manager of Recruiting, Piedmont Airlines
Ryan Goertzen, Vice President Workforce Development, AAR Corp.
Jeff Dunagan, Program Planning & Operations Manager, Flight Operations – Avionics, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. General Session V: Pathway Programs
Aviation Pathway is Kansas’ first aviation technical education program that allows students to receive a technical certificate at high school graduation, creating the potential for immediate employment within the aviation industry. Hear more about the initiative and how stakeholders successfully garnered community support.
Jim Means, Executive Director, Career and Technical Education, Wichita Public Schools
PJ Reilly, Education Consultant, Wichita Public Schools
Jim Hall, Dean, Aviation Technologies, WSU Tech
12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Student Career Fair
Employers are invited to participate in the first ever ATEC-facilitated student career fair. Advance registration is required for student participants.
4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Employer Link
A networking reception for educators and industry to discuss workforce needs and career pipeline programs and opportunities.
Tuesday March 19, 2019
7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Hall Open
7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Morning Address
9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Networking Break
9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakouts
Each breakout is one hour long unless otherwise indicated. WSU Tech and NCAT tours will also run continuously throughout the day. See the print version of the agenda, linked above, for full breakout descriptions.
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks & Exhibitor Door Prizes
5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Break Down
Wednesday March 20, 2019
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Industry Facility Tours
Get a tour of local aviation company operations. Shuttle bus tour stops will include:
5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Craft Beer Crawl
Wichita is home to several burgeoning craft brewing destinations. Plan to stay in Wichita one more night and join us for what should be a memorable evening.
Thursday March 21, 2019
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner Renewal
Required recurrent training presented by the FAA, separate registration required