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Aviation Maintenance Technology Program to Take Flight at MCTC

November 30, 2021
by Brady Shultz

The administration of Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced Monday, November 29 that the institution has been working to add a new Associate in Applied Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology to their program offerings.

The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program will provide graduates with expertise in the inspection, repair, service and overhaul of aircraft and engines.

AMT students will learn to interpret specifications from service and technical manuals, using testing procedures and equipment, diagnose problems and make necessary repairs. Program courses will also prepare students to successfully complete certification exams required by the Federal Aviation Administration to become a licensed technician.

“Aerospace has emerged as Kentucky’s number one export,” says MCTC Interim President Russ Ward. “As that industry continues to grow, the need for qualified aviation technicians and mechanics will also increase. MCTC is committed to help meet the demand for those jobs.”

MCTC plans to offer the first semester of the general curriculum at each of its four campuses located in Maysville, Cynthiana, Morehead and Mt. Sterling in a live, online classroom environment via interactive television or through Microsoft TEAMS to provide access to students throughout its service region.

Subsequent semesters covering Powerplant and Airframe curriculums will be taught in a new hangar being built at the Fleming-Mason Airport (KFGX) located in Mason County.

Mason County Judge Executive, Owen McNeill was on hand for the announcement and showed excitement for the new program.

Dr. Dana Calland - AMT Program Coordinator, David Maher - Fleming Mason Airport, Owen McNeill - Mason County Judge Executive“I can’t convey how excited I am about today’s announcement. This AMT program will provide exposure and career pathways for Mason County residents and beyond into the exploding aerospace and aviation field, with unbelievable pay and endless opportunity. This program not only provides high-paying careers and endless opportunities for residents, but also greatly increases exposure for Fleming-Mason Airport,” McNeill stated.

PHOTO: Dr. Dana Calland - AMT Program Coordinator, David Maher - Fleming Mason Airport, Owen McNeill - Mason County Judge Executive

“At a higher level, this program highlights the momentum we’re building as a regional leader for Northeastern Kentucky.  While MCTC and Fleming-Mason Airport are providing a pathway to a better career, this program will attract additional interest from the aviation and aerospace industry in Kentucky, the number one export in Kentucky and a $15-Billion-dollar industry.  Not only are we exposing students and residents to this field but through this program, we’re exposing these industries to Mason County and Northeastern Kentucky,” McNeill continued.  

New Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President, Dr. Paul Czarapata was also present for the announcement as part of his listening tour visit of all sixteen KCTCS colleges.

College officials have set a start date of Fall of 2022 for the program, pending approval of the curriculum by all accrediting bodies.

If you are interested in learning more about MCTC visit maysville.kctcs.edu.