As part of this weekend’s Southeast Aviation Expo at Greenville Downtown Airport in Greenville, S.C., two forums will be held: “Training and Careers in the Aerospace and Aviation Industry” and “How to Become a Pilot.”
“Aviation industry news stories frequently contain passages like ‘Half of the Boeing work force will be eligible to retire in five to seven years’; 800 to ,1000 Air Traffic Controllers will be needed in the next 10 years; ‘Boeing has predicted over 600,000 new Aircraft Maintenance Technicians will be needed between now and 2031’. These are just a few examples of the tremendous need our industry has for workers,” stated Joe Frasher, airport director of the Greenville Downtown Airport. “Everyone knows that people need jobs, especially in these economic times. There just seems to be a disconnect between what fields people are choosing to enter and train for, and what jobs are really out there that need filling.”
There are many career options in the aviation and aerospace industry. Engineers, attorneys and physicians specialize in this field. Aircraft Maintenance Techs who build or repair all types of aircraft, Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots, Flight Instructors, Safety Inspectors, Meteorologists and Sky Marshals all can be found in this field. “These are good paying jobs with advancement opportunities,” Frasher added.
The “Careers and Training in the Aviation and Aerospace Industries” session will be conducted by Jason P. Premo, co-owner and CEO of ADEX Machining Technologies, a manufacturer of precision machined exotic metal-alloy components for the aerospace, defense and energy industries. Premo will share his knowledge of the industry’s manufacturing and engineering growth, career opportunities with high wages and the shortage of skilled workers. Handouts that cover many more career and training options will be available at this session.
Jason Premo received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a Foundation Board member for the Greenville Technical College, past Chair for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) for Greenville – Spartanburg and serves on the boards of three early stage start-up companies.
The “How to Become A Pilot” session will be conducted by Airwolf Aviation Services, a South Carolina based flight school.
Event attendees interested in training and career opportunities can also speak with representatives from several aviation training schools like USAeroTech, which has a one-year accelerated aircraft maintenance training program; Liberty University School of Aeronautics, which has a wide array of aviation degree options, as well as other flight schools like Airwolf Aviation Services and Mint Air. CTS International will be available to discuss their employee placements within very large aircraft manufacturing companies.
The 2012 Southeast Aviation Expo will be held Sept. 28 and 29. Many educational sessions will be held throughout the two-day event. A listing of all the sessions can be found at www.scaaonline.com.
The Southeast Aviation Expo will showcase the latest aviation products and have over 14 static aircraft displayed. It is open to the public with a $5 admission charge with children and students with ids being free.
Cessna, Cirrus, Michelin Aircraft Tires, ADEX Machining Technologies, AeroCab, Louis Berger Services Inc., James A. Gardner Company, Mint Air, Flight Design USA, Baldwin Safety & Compliance, Motley Rice, Advocate Consulting, Aircare Aviation Services & Support, Hope Aviation Insurance, Just Aircraft, Greenville Downtown Airport, Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo, Lycoming, Aviation Tax Consultants, US AeroTech – Professional Aircraft Maintenance Training, Liberty University, PF Flyers, Runway Cafe, Special Services Corporation, Trade-A-Plane, Eclipse Aerospace, Precision Hose Technologies, Inc., CTS International, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Daher-Socata, Champion Aerospace, Skytech, Tempest, Stevens Aviation, LandRover Carolinas, Premier Aircraft Sales, Diamond Aircraft, SWT Aviation Inc., Cubcrafters, Airwolf Aviation Services, 4 Paws Aviation, DTC Duats, Applied Technical Services, Inc., Camden/Donaldson/Greenville Jet Centers, Fractrade, Civil Air Patrol, Pilots N Paws, Eastern Aviation Fuel – Shell Aviation, Eagle Aviation, SCAA, SC Aeronautics Commission, SC Aviation Safety Council, The FAA Flight Standards Districts Office, BMW Performance Driving School, Drumm Health Services, Davis & Floyd and Angel Flight have registered to exhibit this year.