Paper Session II-C - Aerospace Technician Learning for the 21st Century
AbstractThis paper summarizes the need for new and innovative aerospace technician training and education programs and describes a Brevard Community College initiative to resolve that need. National and global commercial and non-commercial space programs require that a more efficient and multidiscipline workforce be developed for the future, and a new learning system must be established to maintain a competitive industry position. To address existing and future aerospace technician training and development needs, Brevard Community College established the Center for Aerospace Training and Development (CAT-D) and a new aerospace program organization. The center provides leadership in curriculum development and will serve as a clearinghouse for educational materials and methods for development of national skills and certification standards. Aerospace industry, government and academic input is provided by an Aerospace Technician Advisory Committee (ATAC) and by a national consortium of community colleges with aerospace-related industry linkages. As the lead institution for the consortium, Brevard Community College has embarked on two major areas that are expected to significantly impact existing and future aerospace technician learning environments: (1) Establishment of industry-endorsed, standardized core and specialty learning programs, and (2) Formation of a national skills certification initiative that will help insure the availability of an efficient and productive technician workforce for both reusable and expendable space vehicles.