Below is a video testimonial from an alumni that received his Associates in Aviation Maintenance Technology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology Management. After receiving two degrees from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, Femi was hired as a Avionics System Specialist at Lufthansa Technik Component Services.
My education at Spartan gave me a real kick start in my career path. After graduating I worked for Lockheed in California on the L-1011 project. When hard times fell upon Lockheed I was still able to move to the communications industry with my certificates. Later I moved on to the computer industry. Even though my technical degree was in aviation, interviewers were impressed with my credentials. My education at Spartan paid off many times and provided me with a very good living. I now enjoy a great retirement.
What I enjoyed the most about Spartan was being able to study what I really needed without having to take courses that didn’t associate with my career path. I loved the hands-on approach, which gave me confidence in the aviation field.
Before Spartan I was a dairy farmer. Since graduating from Spartan, I have been a flight instructor in Twin Falls Idaho. I was also a Chief Flight Instructor, charger and corporate pilot on a Cc414 and BE 400. I also flew out if Evansville, IN as a charger and corporate pilot and flight school manager. I currently am employed at FlightSafety in Wichita as an instructor and TCE on the BE400.
Spartan College gave me a good foundation. I enjoyed spending time with my classmates.
Spartan formulated my ability to use my hands in coordination with my mind to the development and refining of designs and manufacturing processes. The foundation I received from Spartan provided me the basis for achieving my career success in life.
What I enjoyed the most at Spartan was the discussions among a number of good friends. I had a fun time blended with education. I was working full-time nights at Spartan’s overhaul facility while attending school full-time during the day. When I completed my education I moved on to the US Army in Vietnam. Spartan College’s education allowed me to work Cobra gunships which kept me out of the shooting war on the ground.
Spartan College set a great foundation to expand from. I learned the fundamentals I needed in order to grow as a technician and colleague. The hands on technical experience and the field knowledge the instructors possessed from their own time in the industry.
I was the NDE Technical Leader for Scot Forge. I became the company’s Responsible Level III and created the existing Nadcap NDE system for Scot Forge. I have written a couple of published articles on NDT and am currently a member of ASNT and ASTM.
The training material & the Instructor Willie Middlebrooks was outstanding considering I’d never heard of NDE until a couple months before I sign up for the course. Just proir to this I I was working in a stamping plant for Ford Motor and going to college. I decided to drop out of college and quit working at he factory… Looking back on it, I’m glad I did.
Spartan gave me the education and training to start my exciting career path in aviation.
Spartan had the best equipment and instructors to obtain my training. It was a great experience to learn and train with fellow classmates that had the same interests.
After graduating from Spartan College I joined the U.S. Air Force and work as an F-16 aircraft crew chief for 4 years. After that I cross trained to become an E-3 AWACS Flight Engineer. In 1998, I separated from active duty and joined the Air Force Reserves as an Instructor Flight Engineer and the same year I was hired by Delta Airlines as a Line Mechanic in Dallas. After closing the Dallas station I moved to Atlanta Georgia and worked in the General Electric CF-6 engine overhaul shop and was furloughed in 2006. I now work for the DOD.
The training that I received at Spartan definitely help me learn all the basics of aircraft maintenance to get me where I’m at today. My favorite part about Spartan College was getting the fly the training helicopter.
I started at Capitol Aviation in Springfield, IL straight out of Spartan. Started in the Recip Engine Overhaul shop as an A&P. Our company was bought out by AirResearch and we then started working on turbine engines. Then that company was bought and sold over the years (Honeywell, GE Aircraft Engines, and Landmark Aviation). During the 41 years I worked from being an A&P mechanic in the turbine shop to leadman, to crew chief, to maintenance supervisor, to customer support rep, and finally to Regional Sales manager before my retirement in 2014.
Spartan College gave me the tools and knowledge that I never had before to work on sophisticated aircraft and turbine engines. The instructors were all very knowledgeable and the class’s taught many different facets of the aviation business that I never knew before. Also, the reputation of Spartan was a big plus in helping me land my job straight out of school.
I attended Spartan as an U S Air Force student. A few of us were selected to attend Spartan on the basics of Aircraft Maintenance. That was during the Korean war and just out of basic training from Wichita Falls AFB, Texas. That qualified me to continue on to Chaunute Field in Illinois to become a Hydraulic Specialist that helped me advance to higher rank. When I finished my enlistment with the Air Force, I returned and finished my Aircraft and Powerplant requirements to obtain a Government License at Spartan.
I remember how capable the instructors were and Mr. Broome allowed me to weld exhaust on some of the Spartan aircraft during practical period of training. The camaraderie was pleasant among students and some of us were married at that time. Many of us would recreate at the “Cimmeron Ballroom” for relaxation. All in All…..fond memories but a lot of studying! A fond memory, is when the class on “Weight and balance” came, I was apprehensive about the math involved, that was before calculators and all we had was the (E 6 B) of that era.Everything was long hand with the figures! Anyway, I made a hundred on the exam, so worry was in vain!
I will always remember the hard work at school and the friends along the way. I am, and will always be proud to have obtained my college at Spartan and also, proud to have been part of the advancement of Aircraft Technology of the present time! I do consider being part of the industry as one of the pioneers. I am proud to say, I graduated from Spartan College of Aeronautics!
Jimmy Miller reviews the Aircraft Technical Operations
In my time since graduating, I have had the chance to work military contracts and fine tune my skills as a structures mechanic and sheet metalist. I have also had the chance to work the flight line of a business jet factory and see what it takes to bring an aircraft from the factory to a flight sold aircraft.
My education at Spartan helped when it came to applying for jobs. It allowed my potential employers to read my resume and feel assured that I was a hirable candidate. They knew I had solid foundation of knowledge for aircraft maintenance and the ability to prove that fact.
What I enjoyed most about Spartan was the degree of knowledge the instructors had to offer about their particular area of expertise in the industry. They also had good advice they were willing to offer.