Bombardier Prepares To Expand Aviation Apprenticeship Program Following Labor Department Accreditation

Bombardier announced in early November that its two-year Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program has received official accreditation from the U.S. Department of Labor. (Photo courtesy of Bombardier.)

Bombardier says the U.S. Department of Labor has officially registered the aerospace company’s two-year Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program (BAAP), launched in December in association with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) located in Red Oak, Texas. There are 55 students in the program, which Bombardier is using to help search for individuals nationwide to “maximize its talent pool and drive regional aerospace growth” for the manufacturing of the advanced metallic wing of its flagship Global 7500 business jet at its Red Oak facility.

The Best Talent Available

In January, Bombardier announced an agreement to acquire the Global 7500 wing program from Triumph Group. It also inked a lease agreement for Triumph’s Red Oak facility to continue operating the production line for the wing. Bombardier says the Global 7500 wing incorporates sophisticated slats and a flap system that maximizes aerodynamic efficiency and performance.

“Achieving official accreditation from the U.S. Department of Labor is crucial as it enables us to increase our scope and search for the best talent available to grow the program—and in turn, continue to ramp up Bombardier’s Global 7500 program,” says Paul Sislian, Bombardier Aviation executive vice president of operations and operational excellence.

100 More

Bombardier plans to recruit 100 additional BAAP students over the next two years. The BAAP program enables students to enter the aerospace sector with no formal qualifications. Students receive training from experienced instructors at TSTC facilities in industry-tailored modules and have access to tools, equipment, and financial support. Practical and on-the-job training covers such topics as aircraft drawing and specification comprehension, manufacturing appreciation of standard and regulatory compliances of aircraft assembly, and more.

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Source: Bombardier

Posted On: 11/9/2020 4:20:24 PM