• Ribbon cut on tech school’s new aviation maintenance program
By Linda Green

Augusta Tech is ready to take off in its new aviation maintenance technology building.
The school cut the ribbon on the building that will be used to train aviation technician students to be able to sit for FAA exams to be able to acquire a job in commercial airplane repair.
More than 12 years in the making, Augusta Tech in one of only six schools in the state offering certification for aviation technology.
Under the leadership of Preston Smith, department chairman and instructors Michael Lockaby and Joey Turner, 21 students are involved in the intense, two-year, six semester program at the Thomson-McDuffie County Regional Airport.
“When they complete the program and pass the FAA test, they will be able to work on any airplane registered in the United States,” Smith said. “We give them the basics on all areas of aircraft maintenance and when they go to work, they will get specific training on what they are supposed to do from their employer.”
Smith said the aviation program, in the works since 2001, fulfills a need. “There will always be a need for qualified maintenance technicians,” he said.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, June 5, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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