ATEC will hold a live webinar on Thursday, May 21 at 2 PM CT, the fourth in a series of webinars intended to assist aviation maintenance technician schools navigate part 147 programs in the current COVID-19 environment.
The webinar, entitled "Best Practices: Facilitating Lab Work During COVID-19," will look at how AMTS are adopting longer-term plans to address the reality for many localities—that social distancing measures will be in place through at least the summer, and likely the fall. Many schools have worked through FAA mandates and successfully implemented distance learning programs for lecture content, but finding ways for students to complete lab work is an ongoing struggle. Panelists will share what they are doing to facilitate safe student access to facilities and equipment so they can satisfy hands-on project requirements.
Preliminary results from an ATEC survey currently out in the field suggests facilitation of lab requirements is the biggest challenge facing part 147 schools today. The results are not surprising given the hands-on experience necessary to train aviation mechanics, and the restrictions on campus access during massive school closures.
A special thank you to the panelists that have offered to share their experiences with the community:
Dr. Raymond Thompson, Associate Dean and Interim Chair, Western Michigan University
Jeremiah Scarbrough, Regional Director, Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Ty Harrison, Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Director, Colorado Northwestern Community College
Stay tuned for updates on everything ATEC members need to know as well as ways that you can help the council and the AMTS community.