Rod Milton | Spartan College Graduate

I moved from Kansas to Oklahoma to attend Spartan. My first job after graduation was with Petroleum Helicopters, Inc. Spartan training helped advance my career from PHI to American Airlines and Boeing. I obtained my start as a Technical writer for Learjet and have worked for Eclipse Aviation and Dassault in this capacity.

Josh Stasen | Non-Destructive Training Graduate

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.

Keyurkuamr Patel | Spartan College Graduate

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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Jesse Nuttle | NDT Graduate

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

Eric S. Bader | AMT Graduate

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

Tim Tyran | Avionics Technology Graduate

My name is Tim Tyran. I am a two time graduate of Spartan. I first graduated in 1988 from the Avionics Technology program with an Associate’s Degree and my FCC license. I was hired immediately after graduation by American Airlines at 19 years old as a Junior Mechanic in Tulsa’s CAM building, shop 260-5A, Misc Electronics Overhaul. I went back to Spartan for my Airframe and Powerplant licenses in 1991 and completed that program in 1 year. I have been with American Airlines for over 22 years now. My present position is as a Senior Safety Analyst on the 757/767 fleets in our Fort Worth, Texas headquarters building. My wife Renee works in our Marketing Department in the same building.

During my 22 years with American Airlines I have held the following positions:

  • Avionics Overhaul Technician
  • Avionics Line Technician
  • Avionics Crew Chief
  • General Line AMT
  • Quality Assurance Inspector
  • Flight Operations Specialist – Minimum Equipment List
  • Flight Operations Specialist – 757/767 Fleet Specialist
  • Senior Safety Analyst – CASS

I have worked in the following locations across the country:

  • Tulsa
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Miami

I also accomplished my lifelong dream of becoming an airline pilot in 2001 when I flew as a First Officer for Continental Connection. I hold Multi-engine, Commercial, Instrument ratings in addition to my mechanic’s licenses.

Spartan was instrumental in my career success and I am forever grateful for the experiences I had there. At 42 years old, the sky is limit for my career. I highly suggest that new students obtain their Bachelor’s Degree. It’s the one thing I have to accomplish here in the near future. Without it, promotions in Management will be very difficult. Also, learn as many things as you can, move positions, make yourself indispensable with your knowledge. Go above and beyond your duties and you will succeed. Spartan will have prepared you well. It did for me. In life, as well with your experience at Spartan, you will get out of it what you put it. Make it special.

Good luck.

Joseph Kulwicki | Aviation Maintenace Graduate

I attended Spartan for their Aviation Maintenance program from 1990-1992. Besides my A&P license I have also earned my FCC License and my Bachelor’s degree. I have worked as a technician for the following companies:

  • U.S. Navy – Avionics Technician
  • Delta Airlines – AMT/Avionics Technician(Line & Hangar)
  • Southwest Airlines – Aircraft Mechanic (Line & Hangar)
  • Bell Helicopter – V-22 Osprey Program Composites

I currently am a Line Maintenance Planning Coordinator for Delta Airlines.

All of this was possible because of the first step I took by attending Spartan. Every position I have held (except the military) has required a minimum of an A&P License. It is the key element in the aviation maintenance industry. Whether it is commercial aviation, general aviation, or manufacturing. Whether you’re a technician or in management. All of these positions will most likely require an A&P License. Even where it wasn’t always required, as in the military or some manufacturing, my A&P License put me ahead of others in getting an interview and in knowledge and confidence when performing my job. So suffice it to say, had I not gained my initial education with Spartan I would not have been able to hold the positions I have or be where I am today.

I attended Spartan for their Aviation Maintenance program from 1990-1992. Besides my A&P license I have also earned my FCC License and my Bachelor\’s degree. I have worked as a technician for the following companies:

U.S. Navy – Avionics Technician

Delta Airlines – AMT/Avionics Technician(Line & Hangar) Southwest Airlines – Aircraft Mechanic (Line & Hangar) Bell Helicopter – V-22 Osprey Program Composites

I currently am a Line Maintenance Planning Coordinator for Delta Airlines.

All of this was possible because of the first step I took by attending Spartan. Every position I have held (except the military) has required a minimum of an A&P License. It is the key element in the aviation maintenance industry. Whether it is commercial aviation, general aviation, or manufacturing. Whether you\’re a technician or in management. All of these positions will most likely require an A&P License. Even where it wasn\’t always required, as in the military or some manufacturing, my A&P License put me ahead of others in getting an interview and in knowledge and confidence when performing my job. So suffice it to say, had I not gained my initial education with Spartan I would not have been able to hold the positions I have or be where I am today.

William R. Day | Spartan College Graduate

My Spartan Story

In the spring of 1965 I was an Air Force navigator preparing to leave active duty just as the major airlines were beginning to hire civilian pilots with low flight time.  I was aware that these rare windows of opportunity were of short duration and for me time was imperative.   In my five years of the Air Force service I had logged over 2,000 hours as a navigator in transport aircraft and acquired a FAA private license.  I was focused and directed.

I began a search of FAA approved flight schools offering a full range of aviation training.  My criteria included a civilian flight school with a reputation for excellence of instruction, high standards of aircraft maintenance, and the weather environment for six day a week flying.  It soon became obvious that Spartan School of Aeronautics met all the above criteria and the price was right.

For the duration of my Spartan flight training I had just one flight instructor, who had the wisdom to respect and make use of my prior aviation experience.  My fight training included excellent periodic phase checks from the Chief Pilot Elmo Maurer.  The ground school instruction was high quality.   The training aircraft were first class and my entire instrument rating flight course was done in a complex airplane – a Piper Comanche 250, which was state of the art at the time.

Thanks to Spartan’s intensive program, I was hired by Northwest Airlines upon completion of my instrument rating.  There was no doubt that the hiring chief pilot at Northwest was impressed by the meticulous records I hand carried from Spartan.  Having considerable navigator time did not hurt my chances either.  I entered a new pilot class on Oct. 25, 1965.  The timing was nearly perfect.

Due to the extreme good fortune of being hired early in the hiring surge, my time in the second officer and copilot seats was short.   I upgraded to the left seat of the Boeing 727 after less than four years of line flying.  Of course there were set backs due to labor strikes, etc., nevertheless almost all of the rest of my career was in the left seat.

I had completed two years university studies when I began my airline career.  To round out my education I managed to complete a couple university degrees on my days off.  This often meant flying the undesirable trips and weekends.  Northwest offered me an opportunity to work as a simulator and aircraft instructor/check airman, which allowed me to alternate between line flying and flight training.    What an honor.   I flew with and observed exceptional airmen (male and female) who took pride in knowing that we were flying for one of the safest airlines in the world.  Northwest set the standards for training and standard operating procedures.

As I acquired seniority I opted for international flying as a captain on wide body aircraft.  In time I also instructed line pilots in Inertial Reference System (INS/IRS) navigation and international procedures.  This was a kickback to my navigator days.  My ATP lists ratings on the B- 727, B- 747, B-747/400 and DC-10.

One of the most enjoyable unspoken benefits of an airline career is the grand window view we have our planet.  I kept my flight bag was stuffed with National Geographic maps and charts to supplement the aeronautical charts to help explain the grandeur below.   I still don’t understand passengers who prefer the on-board movies to spectacular scenery.

On October 30, 1998 I flew my final flight on a 747/200 from Tokyo to Seattle, with my wife seated behind me in the first class upper deck.  Since there is a season for all things, I perceived it was time to put away the flight bag after a remarkable career.

I continued to fly light aircraft until 2007 when I sold my much appreciated RV-6A.  It is no coincidence that the RV received meticulous annual inspections in a shop owned and operated by a Spartan Alumni.   Now my pursuits are in other disciplines and classical music.  I maintain close friendships with my former military and airline colleagues.

I am proud and grateful for my affiliation with Spartan School of Aeronautics.   The good staff at Spartan enabled me to grasp opportunity when the moment was ripe.

Tim Tyran | Avionics Technology Graduate

My name is Tim Tyran. I am a two time graduate of Spartan. I first graduated in 1988 from the Avionics Technology program with an Associate’s Degree and my FCC license. I was hired immediately after graduation by American Airlines at 19 years old as a Junior Mechanic in Tulsa’s CAM building, shop 260-5A, Misc Electronics Overhaul. I went back to Spartan for my Airframe and Powerplant licenses in 1991 and completed that program in 1 year. I have been with American Airlines for over 22 years now. My present position is as a Senior Safety Analyst on the 757/767 fleets in our Fort Worth, Texas headquarters building. My wife Renee works in our Marketing Department in the same building.

During my 22 years with American Airlines I have held the following positions:

  • Avionics Overhaul Technician
  • Avionics Line Technician
  • Avionics Crew Chief
  • General Line AMT
  • Quality Assurance Inspector
  • Flight Operations Specialist – Minimum Equipment List
  • Flight Operations Specialist – 757/767 Fleet Specialist
  • Senior Safety Analyst – CASS

I have worked in the following locations across the country:

  • Tulsa
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Miami

I also accomplished my lifelong dream of becoming an airline pilot in 2001 when I flew as a First Officer for Continental Connection. I hold Multi-engine, Commercial, Instrument ratings in addition to my mechanic’s licenses.

Spartan was instrumental in my career success and I am forever grateful for the experiences I had there. At 42 years old, the sky is limit for my career. I highly suggest that new students obtain their Bachelor’s Degree. It’s the one thing I have to accomplish here in the near future. Without it, promotions in Management will be very difficult. Also, learn as many things as you can, move positions, make yourself indispensable with your knowledge. Go above and beyond your duties and you will succeed. Spartan will have prepared you well. It did for me. In life, as well with your experience at Spartan, you will get out of it what you put it. Make it special.

Good luck.

SAFETY ANALYSIS – If it's predictable, it's preventable.

SAFETY ANALYSIS – If it’s predictable, it’s preventable.

Rainer Tegge | Avionics Graduate

My fascination with airplanes began at an early age while watching DC4’s start their engines and witnessing the introduction of jet aircraft.  I attended Spartan upon graduating from high school and enrolled in their A&P program (AMT ’77).  During the A&P training I developed a fascination for avionics;  this led to my enrollment in their Avionics program (AET’78). The instructors and training I received there were first rate and provided the confidence to pursue a career in aviation. After Spartan I completed a degree in electrical engineering degree (MSEE) at NJIT. I now work for Honeywell as a Senior Systems Aerospace engineer, designing avionic test equipment for the F111, F15 and A7 fighter aircraft,  system design for the next generation flight data/cockpit voice recorder and various commercial pursuits. I credit Spartan for creating the spark which propelled me into the aerospace field.