VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The first cohort of Victor Valley College students training to become avionics technicians began last month with ongoing recruitment for the next two groups of apprentices.
The Electronics Technician Apprenticeship Program is a paid apprenticeship program created in partnership between VVC, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), and the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board.
The program offers a paid, hands-on opportunity for students to learn the technical and occupational skills necessary for working on remotely piloted aircraft.
“In collaboration with our valued partner GA-ASI, we are proud of our role in meeting the evolving needs of our High Desert economy,” VVC Superintendent/President Dr. Daniel Walden said. “We will continue to increase opportunities for our students to upgrade their skills and improve their prospects for rewarding careers through such programs.”
Program completion is two years and includes a combination of classroom instruction covering basic electronics, digital, microprocessor, and Linux provided by VVC professors. On-the-job training is facilitated by qualified journey workers at one of the company’s two flight test operation centers in El Mirage and Palmdale. Apprentices are paid full-time, competitive wages and offered a comprehensive benefits package. In addition, they earn 20 college credits and two certificates through VVC.
“We decided the best way to retain talent was to grow our own talent pipeline. Forecasts show the need for aviation maintenance technicians will exceed the supply of trained personnel beginning in 2021,” said Steve Muir, Director of Field Avionics, GA-ASI. “The California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) grant was exactly what we needed to entice local residents to develop skills they can take with them anywhere.”
Anyone 18 and older with a High School diploma or GED is encouraged to take the math and reading assessment to establish eligibility for the program. Candidates must also be able to secure a Department of Defense security clearance.
Assessments are currently being scheduled for cohorts two and three, which will begin in December 2019 and March 2020, respectively.
For more information or to apply, contact the America’s Job Center of California in the High Desert located at 17310 Bear Valley Rd. #109, Victorville, or call 760-552-6550.