AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING TRAINING

An impending shortage of skilled workers threatens the future competitiveness of the U.S. aviation and aerospace industry. By 2014, almost 40% of employees in aviation and aerospace businesses will be eligible for retirement. As a result, there are many rewarding and challenging opportunities in the aviation industry in the Piedmont Triad. This website is your portal to a pipeline of skills training that leads to jobs in aviation and other advanced manufacturing fields.

Guilford Technical Community College is now offering short term training in aviation manufacturing via two different tracks. Both tracks currently require that individuals meet benchmark scores on a series of assessments administered by Greensboro/High Point/Guilford County Workforce Development Board (WDB) staff at JobLink Career Centers.

Both short term training tracks are intensive and require up to a four month and 35 hour per week time commitment to be successful. Scholarships through the Workforce Investment Act and the One North Carolina Fund are available to qualified students that will cover all direct training costs.

Both programs teach students techniques and skills in the following areas:

  • Blueprint interpretation
  • Proper Tool Selection and Usage
  • Aerospace Structures Fabrication
  • Surface Preparation Techniques
  • Installation of Specialty Fasteners
  • Electrical Bond and Grounding
  • Sealant/Adhesive Technology
  • Corrosion Preventive Measures
  • Drilling and Countersinking Techniques
  • Quality Expectations
  • Hands on Practical Application

NATIONAL AVIATION CONSORTIUM 180 SKILLS TRAINING (NAC 180)

The National Aviation Consortium (NAC), with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, has partnered with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) to offer a short-term training program that delivers the critical knowledge needed for entry-level aviation occupations in the Piedmont Triad.

The competencies students will acquire were defined and validated in partnership with aviation employers over a six-year period. Content will be delivered through a best-in-class, accelerated, online, interactive simulated approach for the first four weeks, followed by an eight-week hybrid that includes both online study and a project-based, hands-on learning lab. Upon completion of two certificate programs (core aviation and assembly mechanic) students will be positioned to enter into entry-level employment or continue into advanced training.

The links at the bottom of the page contain additional information about NAC 180 and aviation in the Piedmont Triad.

Upcoming class start dates:

  • NAC 180 (Daytime) - 6-30-2015 through 9-29-2015
  • NAC 180 (Daytime) - 8-28-2015 through 12-1-2015
  • NAC 180 (Nighttime) - 9-9-2015 through 12-22-2015
  • NAC 180 (Daytime) - 11-16-2015 through 2-29-2016
  • NAC 180 (Nighttime) - 12-7-2015 through 3-24-2016

CLICK ON THESE LINKS FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT NAC AND THE 180 SKILLS CURRICULUM, INCLUDING AN INTERACTIVE DEMO OF THE ONLINE MODULE.

National Aviation Consortium Home Page
NAC 180 Skills Interactive Demonstration
NAC 180 Skills Aviation Program Summary
NAC 180 Core Summary
NAC 180 Assembly Mechanic Summary

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This application is the first step in a screening process to identify and select candidates for the aviation training at GTCC.

Questions must be answered truthfully; answers later found to be false will result in disqualification for further consideration.

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