Backik, James

I graduated from Spartan College with a Avionics Maintenance Technology degree. I came to Tulsa from Michigan. Before attending Spartan College, I was at a traditional college for a brief period, and then I worked at a delivery company for a few years. However, I always wanted to go into aviation.

James Backik Spartan College reviewI did some online research and found Spartan College. I chose Spartan because it is one of the oldest aviation schools in the country. They seem to have one of the best curriculums.

The staff and instructors were very helpful. They made sure I understood the material instead of reading out of a book and hoping I understood it. The staff was always helpful with any problems I may have had.

I would advise anyone who wants to attend Spartan, to not expect it to be easy in the beginning. There is a lot to know in the aviation field. It’s concept learning. Even after you are done with school, you are constantly learning new things. You need to have the determination and stick it out. The love I have for aviation is what helped me stay on track.

Stasen, Josh

I was fresh out of high school when I was introduced to the Spartan recruitment video.  I watched the video and I saw that the field of QC/NDT was rapidly growing and I felt that this would be a good career path for me.

I packed up my things from southern Maryland and made the journey out to Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The general education courses were standard college courses at the expedited rate.  We covered a full semester’s content in a few weeks.  It was difficult at times, but with a goal in mind I knew my hard work and dedication were going to pay off.

Once the general education classes were completed, I went to the north campus for the hands-on classes.  This was the first time I was introduced to non-destructive testing and metallurgy.  Once again, the courses here are short and crammed full of information.  After graduating from the Quality Control program, I was hired by Cameron.

Cameron is a leading provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil, gas and process industries.  Leveraging its global manufacturing, engineering and sales and service network, Cameron works with drilling contractors, oil and gas producers, pipeline operators, refiners and other process owners to control, direct, adjust, process, measure and compress pressures and flows.

Utilizing my base knowledge I acquired from Spartan, I quickly advanced in my career path.  I currently am the Lead Inspector of Cameron’s newest and largest aftermarket facility located in Moore, Oklahoma.  I have started taking advantage of the Spartan career center for most of my hiring needs.  I know that if a future employee has received Spartan training in the NDT/QC field that they have a firm baseline of knowledge that gives them a large advantage over anyone else.

Atherton, William Aaron

In November 2011, I graduated Spartan. While there, Spartan presented information about me to Lockheed Martin Avionics Company in Georgia, so that I have my first job with this dynamic company in Marietta Georgia building military aircraft for our nation and our allies. The Marietta plant has been in operation for sixty years!

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics performs. It has a record of results based on hard work and diligence to meet commitments to customers. I believe there are challenges that all business face, but I am confident I and my company will meet those challenges.

I take pride in all that I have done and it is my duty to do better. The work I do directly impacts the work other do and hinging on effects of lives in the air. Flubs are unacceptable. I know what I do makes a difference for our country and nation.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is committed to making the company more efficient and agile. Making bold and responsible action is necessary to meet customers’ expectations and reduce costs. My company produces five military aircraft, in whole or in part in Marietta; customers include the United States government and those of other countries.
One of our must popular planes, the F-22 Raptor, had its final rollout on December 13, 2011. I was allowed to go to the final ceremony just to see the ‘most awesome fighters in the world! Have no fear, the best is here!

I build the C-130, a quite versatile aircraft. It is used for combat, to provide help and relief in natural disasters, watch for hurricanes, and protecting our borders. In November 1, 2011 we rolled out the 250th C-130J Super Hercules on time and on budget and recently delivered an entire fleet to one of our allies.

With such a record of excellence Lockheed is committed to C-130 production with optimal attitude. Every time I see a C-130 I think, ‘those could be my wings on that plane.’

This is a great company in which I can move forward my avionics career. It all started with my Spartan education AMT certificate. I am looking forward to completing my first year. Marietta is a city that has perks and specialty shops and lots of history. I am glad to be working at such a worthy company.

Hernandez, Gregory

Right after my graduation from Spartan back in 2009 I landed a Job with AAR CORP in Oklahoma City and not even three months into it I got call back in to service again with the U.S Army Reserves. After a long ten month deployment to Afghanistan I was happy to know that my job was held by AAR and currently I’m working for the company in Oklahoma City. I’m working on gaining more experience as an A&P Mechanic and at the same time thanks to my training at Spartan and the people and friends I met I obtained my Private Pilot License and currently I’m working on getting my instrument rating with the help of my friend and also a graduate from Spartan Erwin Winkler. My ultimate Goal is to become a Commercial Pilot and work for the Airlines. Because of the great memories with the faculty and the friends I met at Spartan I’m looking forward to maybe enroll once again at Spartan College after I complete my commercial and CFI rating to go for the Bachelors Degree.

Gregory Hernandez

Pence, John

My time at Spartan began January of 2010 and marks the turnaround point in my life. I am now a graduate of the AMT program and a complete transformation has taken place since my first day at Spartan. During orientation, Mr. Worthington spoke on attitude. While some disregarded his wisdom I kept it close to my heart and realized that I would only be as successful as I allowed myself to think. I realized that I could only go so far on a good education from Spartan and that I needed a mindset that was always positive and continually striving to improve myself. The truly great thing about life, and Spartan, is that hardship, trials, and obstacles are going to come. The key is to rise above all opposition to truly accomplish a life of worth.

I finished my schooling in July of 2011 with a wealth of knowledge in the field of Air Maintenance Technology. I learned many life lessons in addition to the extensive training I was receiving in the classroom and in labs.
Five months before graduating, I began to look hard into my future and what I wanted to do and set goals to accomplish. Given my education and the strong relationships I made while in school, it became apparent that I could work anywhere or do anything in the world of aviation that I desired. I entertained offers from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, Duncan Aviation, American Airlines, Spirit Aviation, and the list literally goes on and on. I took that same positive attitude mentality that developed at Spartan towards my goals, with a mindset of, “Why Not Me” and I began the application process into the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Becoming a Cadet had always been a dream of mine that I never pursued due to a negative attitude that was based upon the preconceived notion that I wasn’t good enough. That could not have been further from the truth and I tell you today, in addition to receiving my A&P license and learning so much about aviation, I am now apart of the graduating class of 2016 from the United States Air Force Academy due to the transformation that happened in my life while at Spartan. And it all boils down to my attitude.

Reed, Brian

I first learned of Spartan College shortly after leaving the Air Force where I served as an aircraft mechanic for six years working on the U-2. I thought Spartan would be a good way for me to expand my knowledge base and further my career in aviation maintenance. I couldn’t have been happier with the caliber of classroom instruction and how much we did in the shop. Like I said I come from an aircraft background and I loved the variety of training we get from Spartan. I believe the training I received helped to make me a better and more well rounded mechanic. Before I even finished my schooling I received an offer for employment from Bell Helicopter where I am currently a quality assurance inspector for their H-1 program. I’m loving my new career and I have Spartan College and their wonderful instructors to thank for that.

Thank you very much,
Brian Reed
Quality Assurance Inspector
Bell Helicopter

Patel, Keyurkuamr

I moved from Tallahassee, FL to Tulsa, OK to attend  Spartan. My Spartan education gave me the best skills, hands-on training and name on the resume to move into higher paying jobs. My first job after graduating was with Instrument Tech Co. as an Avionics Tech. With the help of Spartan’s Career Center and Avionics Staff, I achieved this job very next day after my graduation.  I am very thankful to Spartan and Spartan Staff.

Thank you,
Keyurkuamr Patel

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Nuttle, Jesse

The education that I received at Spartan prepared me for an excellent position with a company before graduating. I’m now able to travel all over the United States performing nondestructive testing. My experience at Spartan was an exceptional one. The Instructors are genuine and have a huge knowledge base in their fields of expertise. My decision to attend Spartan has had a positive impact on me and as allowed me to excel in my career.

Jesse Nuttle
NDT Grad

Bader, Eric S.

My experience at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has helped me grow personally and professionally.

With the way each class is designed, allowed me to enrich my education even further.  The work load was never too much to handle and I was able to work, keep my social life and still study and succeed all at the same time.  Each class is designed to help a student obtain and retain the knowledge needed to be a success.  Each Instructor and staff member at Spartan has the best interest of the students at heart.  It is more than a job for them. It is their honor and privilege to teach and educate the future aeronautic students. They enjoy hearing from their students after graduation and how they have grown in the industry.

Spartan’s main goal is to send out only qualified, excelled students from their school and work with each individual student to ensure that does take place. They all work together to make sure each students educational needs is met and acknowledged.

Even after graduation, Spartan offers job placement assistance that continues to help each graduate find employment and further their career in the aviation industry.  Mrs. Linda Jared spends a tremendous amount of time working to find all the possibilities that are out there to give to graduates to ensure they stay employed to help their families and their careers.

The Student Service Center at Spartan was always very in tune with the students.  They helped me find employment that worked around my school schedule and still allowed time to study.  They offered free computer access to help students research any materials needed.  Ron Worthington always had the student’s best interest in mind.  He was constantly finding new and innovated ways to help each of the students prosper and grow.

The Student Council at Spartan always provided a variety of campus activities to keep students entertained, together, informed and forming life long friendships.

My experience at Spartan has led me and my career further than I ever imagined it would.  I studied the AMT program and was able to take the tools and skills I learned to become very successful in my current position.  I am a Quality Control Inspector at TMK/IPSCO in Catoosa, Oklahoma. I have only one test left, Air Frame Oral Practical, to complete my full educational experience at Spartan College.  I do plan to pursue a career in the aviation industry upon completion of this test.

Spartan has helped me grown personally and professionally, which in turn has made my life and career very successful.  I am very honored and proud to say that I am a Spartan graduate.  I would recommend Spartan College to anyone seeking a career in the aeronautic field.

Thank you,
Mr. Eric S. Bader