Things Heat Up at AIM Orlando with the Introduction of their HVAC Program
Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Orlando Metro campus announces a cool new course with their Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning program. Through training, students will work hands-on with air conditioning and heating systems, residential and commercial refrigeration, heat pumps, hydronics and more. Students can enroll now.
“The demand for quality HVAC technicians is extremely high right now. The residential and commercial industries are severely undermanned with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasting a 14 percent national employment growth in the field of HVAC from 2014 to 2024,” said AIM’s Corporate Director of Industrial Trades, Dennis Brakeville. “One critical reason is that seasoned technicians are reaching retirement age. This gives entry-level technicians the opportunity to fill these positions in a short period of time with competitive pay and benefits.”
The program is designed to take 12 months to complete and prepares students for entry-level positions within the HVAC industry. Graduates of the program will have acquired the knowledge to prepare for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification exam, which is a requirement for everyone entering the industry. Students will also be equipped to test for additional certifications, such as the Industry Competency Examination (ICE) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour Safety Certification. Career opportunities following graduation include positions with HVAC companies, builders and contractors, hotels and other specialty companies.
The AIM Orlando campus is located at 2725 S US Highway 17/92 in Casselberry, FL. For more information, please call (407) 896-2800.
About Aviation Institute of Maintenance
AIM –Orlando campus is part of the nation’s largest family of aviation maintenance schools, with headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Through AIM’s FAA-approved program, students prepare for a career in aviation maintenance. Students learn the skills necessary to become successful as an aircraft mechanic. AIM graduates are there to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM’s other campuses are located in Atlanta, Georgia; Chesapeake, Virginia; Manassas, Virginia; Houston, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada, Oakland, California; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Learn more at: www.aviationmaintenance.edu.
It’s a long way to AIM Manassas from Vietnam, but well worth the travel; so said the delegation from the Vietnamese Embassy as they explored the campus of AIM Manassas back in February. Their purpose was simple; to find an appropriate facility to train their countrymen/women in fixing aircraft safely and effectively. John Allbright (Director of Education) and Jan Schoonmaker (Campus Executive Director) were the perfect hosts as they accompanied the guests around the campus pointing out the extensive handson equipment used in teaching students. Let us not forget the faculty, most of whom have over 20 years of field experience while also holding an A&P License. Near the lobby, next to the glowing AIM sign, the tour ended. The officials of Vietnam seemed pleased with the expertise and professionalism of the staff, faculty and curriculum taught. As the months go by our campus seems to become a magnet of diversity, brimming with chances to learn new cultures. This makes AIM Manassas a great place to study a vocation built on safely maintaining the globalization of travel as we know it today.
AIM has been approved by the United States Department of Immigration for the acceptance of international students. All international students must be fluent in English before they enroll. Applicants will be asked to furnish proof that they can read, write, and speak English fluently. International student applicants must meet the following requirement for admission to AIM. Students abroad who wish to study at our aviation maintenance school in the USA are encouraged to contact us through the student request form on this page. Additional information and instructions will be provided for you upon request. We have knowledgeable admissions representatives who may be able to answer questions about study, international student visa and travel in the USA.
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AIM Orlando held its annual Aviation Maintenance Summer Camp for the 4th year in a row and it was the most successful yet! We had such great interest from the community, that three sessions were held throughout the month of July to accommodate the number of students wanting to be a part of this year’s summer camp.
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Late in September, a number of crates were delivered to the Military Aviation Museum’s Fighter Factory from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance – Kansas City campus, where a team of students and instructors have been working on the Museum’s latest aircraft, a World War I vintage Morane-Saulnier AI, building it from the ground up.
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The 6th Annual Southwest Region FAR 147 PAMA Olympics was held March 28th and drew nine regional school participants. Tarrant County College once again played host to this year’s competition and welcomed teams from across the southwest, to include our own teams representing AIM – Dallas and AIM – Houston.
Each team consisted of five ‘Olympians.’ Competition consisted of twelve 20‐minute labs, with judges scoring each contestant. They would move to their next lab. The contestants were given a five minute evaluation time, reading the next lab sheet without touching the equipment.
An annual favorite of coaches and students alike, Operation C.H.A.O.S. presented team coaches with a pile of miscellaneous parts and minimal tools, and were then challenged to design a specific assembly. The event, the brainchild of John Eslinger, is judged by a simple vote by team members.
The competition’s focus has always been to bring the various FAR 147 schools together to exchange ideas and allow the students to interact and network with other like-minded future aviation professionals. And, of course, have a good time.
Congratulations to all the contestants!
We’re proud to announce that Nancy Jones, an aviation instructor at AIM Chesapeake, has been selected by the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) Board of Directors as the ATEC Ivan D. Livi Educator of the Year for 2014. This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of an aviation maintenance technology instructor. This achievement can be in the form of a single event or long term outstanding performance. The selection criteria consisted of: initiative, creativity, attitude, performance, education, training, benefits and the direct impact the instructor has had on the aviation maintenance students.
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