Aviation technician, Hands-on-learner, Student
Tony Brown started college after graduating from Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, but his computer-related major didn’t hold his interest.
“I knew that I liked taking things apart and putting them back together, and I liked airplanes. I had an uncle that did something similar in the Air Force and talked to him a little bit about what he learned.”
That talk led to checking out schools in the Indianapolis area, searching for a program that would be both affordable and teach him the skills he needed.
“After touring a couple of others first, I took a tour at the [Vincennes University] Aviation Technology Center. They have a fully functioning 737 [aircraft] for me to work on, along with several other airplanes and a helicopter.”
He enrolled and is currently earning a certificate in Airframe and Power plant—the A&P license through the Federal Aviation Administration—and is working nearby at Eagle Creek Aviation in line service, fueling and moving airplanes.
“Now I get to see everyday what I’m going to be doing when I graduate, and with the industry shortage of licensed mechanics, I know I will not have any trouble finding a job paying good money,” Brown says.
The hands-on learning appeals to Brown, who says he’s never bored with the variety of work, and he’s happy he finally found an educational program that is helping him get the skill he needs for the job he wants.
“I wish I had known about this program when I graduated from high school,” Brown says. “Since the program is only 20 months from start to finish, I could have already been working as a maintenance technician.”