With several Piedmont based aviation companies looking to fill job openings, people like Cary Floyd are learning more about Guilford Technical Community College’s avionics program.
GTCC’s avionics program is the only one in the state. It’s a two year program that teaches students about the communication, navigation and electrical systems of an aircraft. A background in aviation is not necessary.
Program Coordinator David Mayers believes the aviation field will produce more jobs in the future. “I think it’s something that is sustainable. We will see aviation only get bigger in the Triad area.”
Mayers says 115 students will begin the program in the fall. Some will dropout because the math can be tough. But current students like Zach Taylor feel the class work will pay off. While he hasn’t graduated yet, Taylor has a job with a Piedmont aviation company.
“The technology is progressing and the job is entertaining,” he said, “I work 12 hour shifts but it goes by fast because I enjoy what I am doing.”
Program Coordinator David Mayers adds that 90 to 95 percent of graduates find jobs. According to Mayers the average starting pay for an aircraft technician is between $28,000 and $32,000.