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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Ken Conn grew up with an uncle who was a pilot. His exposure to the world of aviation as a young child, sparked his interest in wanting to work in aviation. Graduating from Spartan College in 1987, Ken has gone on to have a nearly 30-year career in aviation that has taken him all around the United States.
Watch Ken’s Spartan College review below and hear all about Ken’s aviation career and his experience at Spartan College that helped propel his almost 3-decade career.
After spending six years in the Air Force, Spartan College graduate Justin Levesque was looking to get back into aviation. Finding Spartan College online, Justin made the move from Florida to Tulsa to study at Spartan.
Having a aviation electrician background from the Air Force Justin had very high standards for his education and instructors, standards that were met at Spartan College.
Graduate of our Aviation Maintenance Program, Kevin Jenkins opens up about his experience at Spartan College. Making a move with his wife to Tulsa, Spartan College helped Kevin and his wife feel at home in their new city and lead him a rewarding career in aviation.
Watch Kevin’s testimonial below:
“My name is Kevin Jenkins and I graduated from Spartan College in April of ‘91
I grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan and moved here shortly after getting married to go to school.
I chose to train in aviation maintenance due to my love of aircraft since being a very young age. I chose Spartan over several other places because I was looking for a strong name in the industry that had been nationally known to provide me with a job upon graduation.
Making the decision to move to Tulsa to go to school with a new wife was a big change for both of us. But we came here and Spartan make it feel like home, had a lot of help from all the employees, and make friends easily with the other students and the transition was fairly easy.
Upon graduation from Spartan school of aeronautics, I got hired by Delta Airlines through a recruiting visit, so I knew two weeks before graduation that I had already had a job at a major carrier.
They started us at the time as a mechanic helper for a period of time, basically a probationary period, then I moved into the full mechanic position, worked in the hanger for several years, ended up going into line maintenance, became an entry level supervisor and lead mechanic. Stayed in that position in various forms of line maintenance for about 13 years and accepted a position as a duty manager on the line domestic maintenance in Atlanta, and recently as of June last year accepted a promotion to station manager in Charleston, south Carolina.
I would strongly advise that you get your A and B licensing as quickly as possible so you are prepared and have the credentials to enter the professional market place.”
My experience at Spartan opened the door to aviation. I was the first in my family to pursue an aviation career.My a&p license provided a much needed job to support my family.
I very much enjoyed the instructors and fellow students.The atmosphere was just the right balance of academics and practical learning . The staff and faculty were always supportive and encouraging when it was needed.
After graduating from the a&p program I got a job in corporate aviation.I was soon promoted to a management job.While working full time I attended and graduated from Mountain View College in one of the first classes in Pilot Technology. My first flying job was on a new Canadair business jet.I was later promoted to check airman and Vice President of flight operations for Jet East charter corporation in Dallas . After eight years at Jet East Inc I was hired at Southwest Airlines and flew for almost twenty one years and retired as Captain December 2013. I owe a great deal of my success to my original training at Spartan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a Spartan graduate and most recently semi retiring from my company “Strobach Consulting Services LLC”, I want to reflect on my career and what helped to make it successful.
I was guided to aviation by a former military aviator. As a result I selected Spartan enrolling in Aviation Maintenance Technology. The education and training provided me with the knowledge to acquire my A&P license. Spartan’s education prepared me for four years in the Air Force. I was able to test out of aviation technical training, and go directly to active duty. My knowledge of aircraft maintenance propelled me successfully through varies assignments, and advanced promotions.
The education and training I received at Spartan did more than just prepare me for a four year career in aviation. It provided me with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to move ahead in life. After my tour with the Air Force I returned to college and graduated from Missouri State University with a BS in Industrial Technology. Good jobs in aviation were hard to come by after graduation, so I applied my talents to a position in the Insurance Industry. The Insurance Industry provided me training to become a Fire Protection Engineer. My next job was with the Department of Labor as a Compliance Officer (OSHA). More training, and after three years I accepted a position in the Corporate Safety, Health and Loss Prevention department of the Ralston Purina Company. Thirteen years later I accepted the position of Director Corporate Safety and Loss Prevention for Wayne Farms (Continental Grain Company).
I started my own company several years ago offering services in Aviation Safety, Loss Prevention and Safety, Regulatory Compliance, Workers’ Compensation and Fire Protection (namely directed to dust explosion and process heating controls and equipment).
In summary my career spans Aviation, OSHA and a large amount of time spent in the food industry.
I have been successful because of my baseline education and training received at Spartan. Thank You Spartan.
President , Strobach Consulting Services LLC