Kevin Sidener is a Spartan College alumnus. He is also a flight instructor at Spartan College. Watch this video and see what Kevin has to say.
I highly value my Spartan education, acquiring the A&E (A&P) license in 1948-49. As an Aeronautical (aerodynamics) engineer, that experience was valuable in working with the Experimental Shop personnel. My career included 5 years each at Cessna, Boeing, Convair San Diego, and 25 at Beech Aircraft — almost entirely as an Aerodynamicist. I also did some time as a Dynamics engineer. Working closely with Flight Test and Experimental Test Pilots was great.
Included was support on the Apollo 11, a patent on the horizontal system used on Convair’s Model 48 Charger, Project Aerodynamicist on the Beech Super King Air Model 200, Chief of Aerodynamics R&D.
In addition to the A&P, FAA pilot’s licenses acquired are Glider, Single, Multi, Commercial, Instrument and CFI.
I was flattered at retirement when the Experimental mechanics said that I was one of three engineers that they really liked to work with. Since retirement, some aero support has been a part. I have been a member of OX5 Aviation Pioneers for several years, being Kansas Wing President, National President, and receiving several awards — presently Kansas Wing President and newsletter editor.
I couldn’t have asked for a better career.
Graduated in 2014 with a Aviation Electronics degree
Born in Mexico
Clemente Castillo always had an interest in how things worked both inside and out. When he was younger, he enjoyed taking things apart and building them back together. He was always inspired by his father to do something great and something he would love. Aviation and airplanes were always something that he was fascinated with.
Clemente decided he needed a good background in aviation in order to be great in his field. Spartan College seemed like the right fit for him. He mostly enjoyed that he was able to learn one subject at a time instead of feeling overwhelmed with multiple subjects together.
Clemente is currently working for Unicorp as a technician. Watch Clemente’s full testimonial below.
Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Graduate
From Ureka, Nevada
Before coming to Spartan, Curtis worked as an oil lab technician for a Caterpillar dealership in Nevada. When Curtis first moved to Tulsa to attend Spartan College he thought it was a tough transition because he was 1700 miles from home. However, he feels the people at Spartan were a great help with the transition.
Curtis feels all of the instructors were very helpful. Curtis was hired before graduation with Duncan Aviation in Nebraska.
Receiving his Non-Destructive Testing Degree from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology was a great choice for Brandon Shirley. He was able to receive a job offer right after graduation. He currently works in San Antonio in the aerospace industry.
Brandon decided to study non-destructive testing because he has a strong interest in science and physics. He believes the benefit is that he received a lot of hands on work. The theories were very helpful, but working with the equipment was what helped him in his job.
Aviation Maintenance Degree
Nathan Forrest was going to be a welder. However, when he was at his tech school he saw a demonstration of Spartan and was quickly convinced that he belonged in the aviation industry.
Going to Spartan was an easy and painless transition for him. Nathan believes Spartan helped him transition to the new environment. He believes the instructors have helped him tremendously. Going forward, Nathan plans to receive his A&P license. Watch his full testimonial below.
A military veteran, William Dewar, acknowledges the presence and reputation Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has in the aviation industry. Recognizing how well known Spartan College is, he decided to attend Spartan to receive his aviation maintenance degree. William is now the Training Manager for AR Corporations. Watch his testimonial below.
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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.
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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.