The South Carolina Technical College System Board of Directors approved an aerospace training pilot program in the fall of 2015. The training consists of five courses including a composites overview, FOD/5S, structures assembly, systems installation and sealant applications. The courses have been offered in Charleston, Orangeburg and Greenville. Several companies have sent employees to participate and technical colleges from around the state have sent instructors to attend the courses so that the training can be scaled to other regions.
Bill Beard, Vice President and General Manager of GKN Aerospace South Carolina provided an industry perspective on the importance of aerospace training. GKN sent several employees to the classes offered at the Orangeburg Technical College in January and were very pleased with the classes.
Ann Marie Stieritz, president and CEO of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, kicked off the presentation by discussing the important of aerospace to the South Carolina economy. Jim Maxon, Director of the Aerospace Supplier Development Training initiative provided the specifics on how the training has gone to date.
The courses may be taken individually or combined for a total of 120 hours. Classes to be offered in February include:
- Composites Overview at Trident Technical College
- FOD/5S at Trident, Orangeburg-Calhoun and Greenville Technical Colleges