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SONIC Tools, Aviation Institute of Maintenance Announce Partnership

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018

SONIC Tools, Aviation Institute of Maintenance Announce Partnership

SONIC Tools and Aviation Institute of Maintenance announced today a partnership that provides AIM students with professional, precision-crafted hand tools and provides SONIC an outlet to positively influence rising aviation technicians.

The focus of the partnership will be providing practical solutions for the best aspiring aviation technicians in the country, while reducing student debt. With the partnership, SONIC Tools becomes the exclusive Tool Supplier for all 11 AIM campuses nationwide.

In addition to supplying equipment and being fully integrated into the AIM programs, SONIC has designed and manufactured an aviation-specific toolbox and tools for students and professional aviation technicians alike. The SONIC Aviation A&P Kit is the centerpiece of the partnership and will be available to purchase both at www.sonictoolsusa.com and directly at all AIM campuses throughout the country.

“The toolkit that SONIC Tools put together for our graduates is rugged, guaranteed for life, and safely housed in a beautiful shadowbox that is ready for the professional aviation hangar,” said Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Operations at AIM.  “We’ve heard back from our graduates who are working in the field that some of their supervisors are actually jealous of the tools the grads brought with them onto the job.”

“Our partnership with AIM is one that should leave a lasting impression on any new technician graduating from an AIM campus.  With a completed education, FAA certification, and tools to go to work, AIM graduates have the golden ticket to securing a job,” said Colby McConnell, President at SONIC Tools. “We have built a finance plan to work for each graduate that allows them to start their job with the right tools and little debt to get their careers started.”

The SONIC Aviation A&P Kit is sold at reduced pricing to AIM students, creating a specific solution for aviation technicians at an affordable price. In addition, financing is provided to all AIM students, allowing for immediate purchase after graduation.  English stated, “Because of SONIC’s commitment to affordable student pricing and a generous financing plan for graduates, we’ve seen students graduate our program on a Friday, purchase a SONIC box, and be turning those wrenches at an airline the following Monday.”

The development of SONIC’s Aviation A&P Kit is important to hopeful and current aviation technicians, allowing graduates to enter the workforce with both the knowledge and skills they have gained from AIM, and the exact equipment required to excel in aviation maintenance and related fields.

AIM students will additionally receive discounts on all SONIC equipment during their enrollment, helping them better prepare for the future. SONIC and AIM will continue to develop curriculum-based tool kits and innovative ways to enhance student experience moving forward.

About SONIC Tools

SONIC is a market leader in the design and manufacture of premium hand tools and toolbox solutions. SONIC products are found in the world’s most progressive automotive enterprises, service centers, race shops, aftermarket businesses and personal garages. Our goal is to design and manufacture equipment that meets and exceeds all standards. For nearly 50 years, we’ve accomplished that goal. Faster pace of work, increased efficiency, the best value – that’s what we’re all about. SONIC is a Dutch-based company with facilities in the Netherlands, Germany and the United States.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. There are plans to open a campus in the Charlotte metropolitan area.  Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

Grants, Scholarships and Loans: Which Option Works for You

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018

By Esperanza Poquiz and Jul DeGeus

Going back to school to start a career in the field of aviation can be costly. Looking into your options before starting could help ease the financial stress that comes with furthering your education. Below you can get a general idea of some of the options that are available to you:

Scholarships: 

What is it?

A scholarship is sum of money that is awarded through academic and extracurricular achievements.

Things to know:

  • Things like winning an essay contest or getting a certain grade point average (GPA) are some of the ways that you can earn a scholarship.
  • Scholarships are non-repayable.
  • Earning a scholarship can require commitments like upholding a certain GPA or joining internships/externships.
  • Applying for a scholarship can be competitive, so be unique and stand out from the rest of the applicants when submitting your application.

Grants:

What is it?

Grants are need-based aids. This means that grants are only gifted to those who need assistance due to circumstances, like low-income.

Things to know:

  • You cannot “win” a grant.
  • Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid results determine the amount of money you can receive.
  • Grants, like scholarships, are non-repayable.
  • Grants tend to have less overall funding than other financial aid options.
  • Due to the high demand of grant requests, funds do not last long. A way to provide a higher chance at receiving a grant is by filing for FASFA as soon as possible.

Loans:

What is it?

A student loan is an amount of money advanced to students to help pay for education expenses.

Things to know:

  • Loans are the more popular choice for financial aid.
  • Unlike scholarships and grants, loans have to be payed back, usually with interest.
  • Some different types of loans include federal, state and private.
  • Make sure you fully understand the terms and conditions. If you are unsure about something in your plan or have questions, you can always ask your loan provider.

Keep these options in mind when you’re thinking about jump starting your future career. To learn more about our programs offered here at Aviation Institute of Maintenance, click here.

A&P School Welcomes Hiring Companies to Campus for Aviation Maintenance Showcase

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018

Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Oakland campus will host a showcase event for men and women interested in aviation maintenance careers. Employment seekers get to meet with recruiters from airlines.

By Brian Stauss

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) will be hosting an aviation maintenance showcase at its Oakland campus on Tuesday, March 6th. The event will run from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m.

The campus will be welcoming hiring personnel from a variety of industry-related employers to participate in a career fair.  Career fair attendees will have the opportunity to meet recruiters from national airlines such as Delta and United, along other local and regional aviation companies, to discuss potential employment opportunities in aircraft maintenance.  A full list of featured employers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1605290379563721/.  Individuals are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and come dressed in professional attire.

For individuals that are interested in a potential career in aviation, but lack the required certifications, the showcase will also provide a chance to tour AIM’s campus and speak with admissions professionals about the campus’s training programs.

“We are very excited to welcome these airlines to our campus for this event,” says Josh Smith, Campus Executive Direction of Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Oakland campus. “This marks an extremely valuable opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing a career in aviation maintenance and provides an avenue for us to promote the various training options available here at AIM.”

The aviation maintenance showcase is open to AIM graduates, current students, as well as the Oakland public interested in career opportunities. There is no fee to attend the event.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Oakland campus is located at 9636 Earhart Road, Oakland, CA, 94621.  For more information on the aviation maintenance showcase, visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1605290379563721/ or call the campus at (510) 553-9600.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

Open House Preparation: How to Get the Most from Your Campus Visit

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

Open houses, like campus tours, provide you with an opportunity to get information to decide whether or not to apply to a college. In a single visit, you can gather knowledge and impressions to aide you in your final college selection. But how can you make the most out of your visit? Simply by being prepared. Here are some tidbits to keep in mind the next time you attend a college open house:

Why Attend in the First Place?

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Sometimes, the hardest part of picking a college is narrowing down your “top choices” list. Attending a college open house can make picking the right school a lot easier. Apart from this, other reasons to show up include getting a good feel for the campus atmosphere and learning more about the specific program you’re interested in. Here are reasons to attend.

What to Prepare For

It’s important to realize that college open house events are not an example of an everyday campus experience. However, this doesn’t mean that programs are not genuine, just that they are not typical. Expect the following:

  • Interviews Aren’t Guaranteed- At a campus where interviews are highly encouraged, you most likely will not have an opportunity to interview on the day of an open house. You will need to revisit campus later. However, the college may decide to offer regional interviews close to you.
  • Colleges Make a List and Check it Twice- Colleges monitor who visits their campus and who does not. This means that scheduling a campus visit or attending an open house may offer more benefits to students who takes extra initiative to scope out the campus.
  • Each Open House is Unique- Every open house you attend will possess similar features. You can expect to hear from the teaching staff, support staff, as well as current students. Most colleges have the day’s programs outlined online in advance. Identify the subject matter you find most important and follow up with the appropriate resources at the open house.
  • Welcome, Welcome, Welcome– Expect a warm welcome from everyone on campus. Staff members will be available and prepared to answer questions from you and your family, so be sure to bring them!
  • Network to Expand Your Web- There will be a lot of prospective students attending college open house, making it a great opportunity to interact. Connections made at the open house could become helpful to you in the future.

Questions to Ask

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Talk to more than just the admission staff. Seek a number of students during your tour and ask them what they like and would change about their school. To get the best experience from your visit, prepare thoughtful questions to ask. Here are some examples:

  • What academic elements are considered in the admission process and how important are they?
  • Is it easy for students to do research with a professor?
  • What percentage of my financial need does the school meet?
  • What are my chances of landing internship opportunities and jobs?
  • What social opportunities are available to students?

More questions here.

Have fun at every open house you attend. Take some time beforehand to prepare and the day of, you’ll be able obtain all the information you need to help decide if that college deserves the top spot in your college line up!

Job Opportunities for Drone Operators

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017

By Esperanza Poquiz & Jul DeGeus

When Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, were first introduced, they were commonly known as expensive toys that were used to race and fly for enjoyment. Agile and small enough to fit into tight spaces, operators quickly realized they could explore alternate ways to use drones to their advantage. And so, drones were quickly integrated into the workforce, providing assistance and efficiency to select industries. Here are a few:

  • Photography –Using drones, photographers are able to get aerial photographs. This is an advantage as it allows the photographer to capture an image without disrupting the moment. These sky-high snapshots are a great way for beginners to set their portfolio apart from the rest. Whether it’s shooting for weddings, corporate events or just artistic curiosity, drone photography has become a popular request. Even real estate agencies look to drone operator photographers to shoot from above ground and to get a 360° view their properties.

  • Company Inspections and Surveillance – A variety of different types of properties require maintenance and inspections on a on a daily basis. There are facilities that prove to be too dangerous to inspect manually, so instead of having an inspector assess the property, companies enlist the aid of drones to access the area. Additionally, drones enable companies, like wind farms or constructions sites, to survey the land for design.
  • Films- Always wanted to be a part of filming a big blockbuster hit? Cinematography, like parts featured in movies such as Skyfall, Jurassic World and Captain America: Civil War, sometimes require shots to be filmed by drones. If Hollywood is not your scene but you still have a passions for filming, videographers use drones to capture events like weddings, documentaries and commercials.
  • First Responders – Drones are supporting our community heroes by feeding rescuers live video streams that allow them to assess situations to come up with the safest plan before going into a hostile environment. First responders use drone operators to help locate people who are missing in an area that is too large to cover by foot, while fire fighters and police assign drones with the task of detecting people in danger and finding the safest path in life-threatening situations.
  • Deliveries-Large companies, like Walmart, Amazon and Google, are testing out idea of using drone operators for delivery services. This feature could hasten the delivery process of online orders. Instead of waiting days for a package to arrive, the consumer could receive the package in hours.

  • Drone Racing- What once started as a casual pastime, drone racing has become a popular tech sport. Drone operating teams enter competitions for cash prizes and companies have given the winners of these matches sponsorships and contracts to continue racing for money.

If this has sparked your interest check out our Unmanned Aircraft Systems course to help you get started towards your career!