TULSA, Okla. — AAR Aircraft Services (AAR) has reached an agreement with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to perform technician training and support in its Oklahoma City facility.
Spartan will provide AAR employees with online and on location technical training for initial, recurrent, aircraft type specific and airline customer training. The agreement relieves AAR of the burden of maintaining, managing and staffing a training department while also benefitting from the core competencies of Spartan College in education, officials noted.
Wayne Jamroz, General Manager and Vice President of Operations for the Oklahoma City operations of AAR, called the new arrangement “a breath of fresh air for the industry” and anticipates productivity gains among the workforce because of the new approach. “Our organizations will be better together as we each focus on what we do best,” he said.
For the past three years, AAR and Spartan have maintained a Bridge Program that allows graduates of Spartan’s Aviation Maintenance program to be hired by AAR and receive tuition reimbursement of up to $10,500 so long as the student commits to stay with AAR for a defined period of time.
Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma offers aviation flight, aviation maintenance, avionics, nondestructive testing and quality control education and hands-on training through diploma programs as well as associate and bachelor’s degree programs. Founded in 1928, it has trained over 90,000 pilots and technicians, including thousands for the armed forces, and currently provides training for the United States Air Force.