Road Trip to Big Bend Community College and Aviation Programs


I am ready to take it up for a flight!

Laura and I on the wing of the Boeing 727.

Last Thursday, I, Laura Hopkins, Director for AJAC (Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Council) and Kevin Quinn, Program Specialist from Spokane AJAC traveled to Moses Lake to meet with Dr. Bill Bonaudi, President of Big Bend Community College. We had a great discussion with regards to moving forward in aligning all the A & P Community College FAA Part 147 Curriculum. This will be a huge step forward in looking at common course numbering and modularization of these courses. It will provide ease in transferability for students and will allow students to select the courses they need for their particular job requirements in aerospace mechanics. All five of Washington States A & P (Airframe & Power Plant) FAA licensed facilities through the Community & Technical College system offer robust, state of the art curriculum. We are being told that there is and will be in the near future high demand for FAA certified mechanics for the aerospace industry. Once students have their certificate and pass the FAA testing process they qualify for a number of job opportunities with great wages. Check out the CoE website under training programs and check out the AMT schools!

A special thanks goes out to Erik Borg and Dan Moore faculty members at Big Bend’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Center for showing us around their facility! I especially liked the Boeing 727! You have a great facility!

Sitting in the Cockpit of the 727! What an experience!

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About COEAerospace

The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing of Washington state is a conduit for collaboration and engagement between industry and K-12 and post secondary higher education. We work to develop the talent pipeline and economic infrastructure to facilitate continuous innovation and growth for aerospace and manufacturing in our state and beyond.
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