After forecasting the need for 640,000 new technicians over the next 20 years, Airbus is partnering with Snap-on to train the next generation of technicians preparing high school seniors for careers in aviation.
The nine-month program, which also includes partnerships with L.S. Starrett Co. and Daniels Manufacturing Co., is initially geared toward Alabama high school seniors providing a connection between schools and Airbus’ manufacturing plant in Mobile. The Snap-on certifications enable students to master tool usage skills and hands-on knowledge of such disciplines as precision measuring instruments, precision electrical termination, structural sheetmetal assembly, mechanical and electronic torque, multimeter and tools at height.
Snap-on certification courses emphasize tool theory, application, and usage: three areas of study that equip students with an essential foundation for proficiency, productivity, and safety. The certifications provide conformity to an established standard and will be integrated into the existing course curriculum being taught by FlightPath9, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Airbus instructors.
“We partnered with Snap-on because Airbus uses Snap-on tools in the U.S. Manufacturing Facility, and it had already developed these certifications for the aviation industry,” said Michelle Hurdle, director of economic and community development, Airbus Americas. “It’s a good match for the students in the training program who will join the Airbus team upon successful completion of the FlightPath9 program.”
John Gamble, education partnerships manager, Snap-on Industrial agreed. “The partnership Snap-on has with Airbus is a perfect example of the types of collaboration we seek within the aviation industry, helping to create a program that will improve the skills and knowledge of tomorrow’s technicians.”
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