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Colorado Northwestern Community College

Over the course of two years, students with little or no flight time or experience can earn all licenses and ratings needed for a career as a Professional Pilot, while at the same time earning an Associate's degree in Aviation Technology. Graduates of the CNCC Aviation Technology Program typically begin their professional careers as Flight Instructors, to build flight time, experience, and necessary multi-engine hours. The next step is usually a position with a freight or flight charter operation. After gaining experience in this area, CNCC graduates then apply to regional and commuter airlines, and ultimately progress to major US air carriers. Many non-airline jobs are also available, including those as professional pilots for government agencies, corporations, medical transport, aerial application, and the like.

Flight Training Contact:
Mike Brennan
Department Chair,
Aviation Technology
(800) 562-1105 ext. 284


Professional Flight Training

After four semesters-followed by an eight-week, wrap-up during the summer of the sophomore year-students will have earned their Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Instrument Flight Instructor Certificate, and Multi-Engine Rating.

Flight training is conducted at Rangely Airport (4V0), using fourteen College-owned aircraft, ranging from a Citabria, to Cessna 172's, to a turbo-charged Cessna 310 twin-engine.

Aircraft Maintenance Training

The twenty-month Aviation Maintenance Technology Program at Colorado Northwestern Community College is Federal Aviation Administration (Part 147) approved for the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license. Maintenance topics include the physics of aircraft and powerplant operation, FAA regulations, airframe systems and structures, reciprocating and turbine engines, and other vital subjects.

Individualized instruction is the key to the Program's success. Class size is limited to eighteen students, allowing highly personalized lab and classroom instruction. Lecture, video and PowerPoint presentations, Internet research, engine overhaul, propeller/airframe repair, and troubleshooting projects also contribute to the learning experience. Faculty are state-certified, and each holds an FAA A&P license with an Inspection Authorization (IA).

Although the thrust of the program is to certify Aviation Maintenance Technicians, students can also complete an additional sixteen general education credits, for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Upon completion, some students transfer to four-year colleges to pursue a degree in Maintenance Management, Aviation Technology, or Aerospace Science.

Training is conducted in a well-equipped facility that includes a wide variety of training aircraft and equipment. Eight aircraft are available on site: piston engine singles, piston engine twins, a twin turbine, and a helicopter. Shop equipment includes piston and turbine powerplants, airframes, composite and metal assembly equipment, non-destructive testing equipment, and more.

Most Frequently Asked Question

Q:

With difficulties currently being experienced by the aviation industry, is now the time for me to pursue a job in aviation maintenance or aviation technology?

A:

The time to train for a career as an aviation maintenance technician or professional pilot is during an industry slowdown. As the industry rebounds, these individuals will be strategically positioned to help meet the projected shortfall of qualified mechanics and pilots.

Aviation Maintenance Contact:
Brad Simson
Department Chair,
Aviation Maintenance Technology
(800) 562-1105 ext. 268

Web site: http://www.cncc.edu
Colorado Northwestern Community College
500 Kennedy Drive, Rangely, Colorado 81648, U.S.A. 1-800-562-1105

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