Developing an interest in aviation at a young age from attending airshows, Spartan College graduate and now an instructor, Jacob Martinez, took his own path to where he is today. Graduating the Spartan A&P program in 2004, Jacob has been able to work all over the country. Today, Jacob is still involved with Spartan College serving the A&P Program Chair, monitoring students and instructors.
In the testimonial below Jacob shares with us how rewarding it is to see his students succeed. He also added that it is very rewarding to see prior graduates come back and recruit additional aircraft mechanics because of their belief in the program and the education they received at Spartan College.
Spartan College graduate, Marissa Huybers, always knew she wanted to have a career that would allow her to work with her hands. While taking auto shop in high school, she learned all about Spartan College from a friend. Enrolling at Spartan, and earning her degree from our NDT & QC program, she now works for Baker and Hughes as a Quality Control Inspector.
In the video below learn more about Marissa’s Spartan Journey.
Spartan College instructor Alan Rapp, grew up in the air force and has been around airplanes his entire life. Because of his upbringing being around airplanes, Alan acquired his private pilot’s license.
To be closer to his family, Alan started working for Southwest Airlines loading bags. While working at Southwest, he developed an interest in becoming a line mechanic. Earning his A&P certification, he moved up to a line mechanic at Southwest. When he’s not at Southwest, Alan dedicates his time to teaching Spartan students as a way to give back to a career that’s given so much to him.
Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Joseph Kamara, started working for Delta Airlines as a ramp agent. As a ramp agent Joseph was not only able to see the aircraft, he also supervised others to ensure that everything flowed smoothly. Josephs love for aviation only grew; soon he wanted to find a school where he could expand on what he had already learned and decided that Spartan College would do just that.
Joesph graduated Spartan in November 2016 and is on his way to obtaining an Airframe and Powerplant certification. As a proud father, he continues to set a great example for his children and believes that no matter how old you are, you can always improve your life.
Spartan College graduate Armando Hernandez, started working for American Airlines as a customer service agent. He then became interested in aircraft maintenance while observing American Airlines maintenance technicians working on the flight line. Armando decided that attending Spartan College was the path that he needed to take to achieve his goal of becoming an Aviation Maintenance Technician.
Armando arrived Spartan not knowing anything about aircraft and now is on his way to obtaining an Airframe and Powerplant certification. Find out Armando’s Spartan College story in his testimony below.
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Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology graduate Dennis Manzano, loved to work on cars and get his hands dirty. One day a friend of his told him about Spartan College and how he could work on airplanes the same way he works on cars. Even though Dennis doesn’t like to fly planes personally, his love of fixing things enabled him to flourish while at Spartan College.
These days Dennis has a career as an Aircraft Structural Mechanic for Northrop Grumman. Hear what Dennis has to say about his experience at Spartan in his testimonial.
After high school, Joel Brashear joined the US Air Force following in his grandfather’s footsteps. He later transitioned from active duty to school life and moved across the country 900 miles to attend Spartan. At Spartan College, Joel was the president of Spartan’s AMT Society and competed in the annual Aerospace Maintenance competition. In 2016, Joel received the James Rardon Aviation Maintenance Technician Student of the Year Award. This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of an Aviation Maintenance Technician student.
Growing up next to an airport in Louisiana, Spartan College flight school instructor had a dream to fly. Working in a bank after college, Timothy decided it was time to go out and pursue the career path of his dreams.
Starting at Spartan, he saw his own instructor move on through the training to become a pilot. His advice to those who want to become a pilot is to keep your nose in the books. Becoming a pilot isn’t just about flying, a lot goes into it. Hear what else Timothy has to say in is testimonial below.
Former Marine Core mechanic Ramiro Obledo had a dream. His dream was to work on a large aircraft. Once completing his military service, Ramiro chose Spartan College because of the fast-paced, hands-on approach that Spartan College provides its students.
Today, Ramiro has a career with SpaceX working as a Clean Line Technician. In the testimonial above, hear what Ramiro has to say about his experience and why he chose Spartan College.
Spartan College Graduate Patrick Dinsmore, originally wanted to go to aviation school for Air Traffic Control, but settled on Aviation Maintenance after looking at schools and found Spartan’s high rankings and class time is split half with class time and shop time.
Taking advantage of the Spartan community, Patrick was able to make many friends and connections while earning his degree. Today, Patrick now works with AAR and he recommends Spartan College because they prepare you right for the transition from school to career. Hear what he has to say in his testimonial below: