Mohawk Valley Community College is hosting an Aviation Career Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the College’s Aviation Training Center at Griffiss International Airport, 116 Langley Rd., Rome. This event is open to those looking for careers in aviation maintenance and those interested in MVCC’s aviation programs – an associate degree in Mechanical Technology: Aircraft Maintenance and an Airframe and Powerplant Technician certificate – and is free of charge.
All of MVCC’s airline partners from New York will be present at the event to discuss career options and open positions, including CommutAir/United Express Airlines, JetBlue, Embraer, SkyWest Airlines, Bombardier Aerospace, Mercy Flight Central, and Piedmont Airlines/American Eagle Airlines. These employers cover aircraft manufacturers, airlines, and aftermarket aviation product manufacturing. Possible signing bonuses also will be available.
Airframe and Powerplant Program Director Walt Constantini, other instructors, and current students also will be available to discuss MVCC’s programs.
The FAA-authorized certificate program (Certificate #VXYT570K) is structured as a full-time, 40-hour-per-week training program that runs in three consecutive semesters. It is the only community college-based aviation maintenance program in New York State and one of only a few one-year programs in the country. Twenty-four-student cohort start dates include August 2019, January 2020, and April 2020. The program runs for 12 months and 2019 program cost for a New York State resident (without room and board costs) is $17,300, which includes the required tool set.
Students gain hands-on experience with real equipment and four live jet aircraft. Based on MVCC’s Rome, N.Y., campus, the majority of instruction takes place in the College’s state-of-the-art aviation training center, located on the flight line of Griffiss International Airport. The center is about a half-mile from the full-service Rome Campus, which offers advising, financial aid, dining, and other student services.