By Jul DeGeus and Scott Saxton
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) and SONIC Tools are proud to present August’s Graduate of the Month, Floyd Bermudez.
Floyd attended and graduated AIM’s Kansas City campus and purchased SONIC Tool’s aviation-specific toolbox that was designed to support aviation maintenance technicians whether they are just starting their training or have had years of experience. We followed up with the Airframe and Powerplant (A & P) certified mechanic to learn about how the AIM and SONIC Tools partnership benefitted him:
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance prepared me in so many ways, but the most important thing instilled upon me was the mindset that the industry is what you make it. They prepare you with opportunities, like tons of interviews and a discounted tool box, which has given me a huge head start as an A & P technician. I was able to purchase my toolbox while still in school and working in the industry. This gave me a chance to do part time maintenance and apply what I had been learning in school, hands-on. I now work full time at Silverhawk Aviation with my Sonic toolbox set and the AIM/Sonic Tools partnership made both these things happen. Readiness and preparation is key and I left school more prepared than my new employer had expected. They especially liked the fact my toolbox was already shadowed. –Floyd Bermudez
Congratulations, Floyd, on all you have achieved. We look forward to following the path of your career. Good luck in all of your endeavors and thank you for being AIM and SONIC Tool’s August 2018 Graduate of the Month.
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.
Aviation Institute of Maintenance, formerly operating out of Oakland, has relocated to a new facility based in Fremont, CA. Move provides opportunity to grow student population and offers improved training amenities.
By Brian Stauss
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) has relocated from its original campus in Oakland, CA to a new facility in Fremont, CA.
Opened in 2010, AIM’s Oakland campus was located at the Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, and consisted of three buildings, totaling 31,200 square feet, with an additional 8,800 square feet of aircraft ramp space. With the increase of its student body, the campus’s facilities were at a capacity and a move was necessary in order to grow the school further.
“While being at capacity is a good problem to have, we are extremely excited to move to our new location,” says Josh Smith, Campus Executive Director of AIM Fremont. “The relocation from Oakland to Fremont is an opportunity for us to expand, with a larger and more modern facility,”
The new Fremont campus is housed in a facility of approximately 65,000 square feet. The school boasts 48,000 square feet of hangar space, with an additional 17,000 square footage of office and classroom space. The school’s equipment includes multi-engine and single-engine aircraft, airframes, turbine and piston engines and specially designed training aides. There are 21 classrooms, multiple indoor and outdoor student break areas, including private study rooms.
AIM’s new facility includes a PSI FAA testing center, a Learning Resource System, and 3 computer labs.
The campus will be holding an official ribbon cutting ceremony on September 19, 2018. More details on that event will be released at a later date.
Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Fremont campus is located at 420 Whitney Place, Fremont CA 94539. For more information 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., Fremont, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.
The Houston campus of Aviation Institute of Maintenance will be holding a career fair for its students, graduates, as well as individuals in the community who are seeking employment.
By Brian Stauss
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) will be holding a career fair on Wednesday, August 8 at its campus located at 7651 Airport Blvd, Houston, TX. The fair begins at 2 p.m. and will continue until 6 p.m. The event will feature a wide range of companies from the aviation industry and beyond.
Employers attending will lend guidance regarding the application process for their companies, and may even hold on-site interviews for qualified applicants. Guests are expected to attend the career fair professionally dressed, with copies of their resumes and prepared to network. A list of participating employers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1825222817523647.
“This will be an extraordinary opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing a career in aviation maintenance and, at the same time, provides an avenue for us to promote the various training options available here at AIM,” says Aaron Armendariz, Campus Executive Director of Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Houston campus. “Getting to meet face to face with so many recruiters; without getting lost in the shuffle of online applications, is something that individuals serious about a career in aviation will definitely want to take advantage of.”
The Indianapolis campus of Aviation Institute of Maintenance will be holding a 5-day drone camp June 25-29. Camp will feature simulator training and instruction on FAA drone operation regulations.
By Brian Stauss
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) will be holding an instructional drone camp Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29 at its campus located at 7251 W McCarty St, Indianapolis, IN. The camp begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 12 noon each day. The camp will be geared towards high school students and recent graduates.
Camp participants will learn how to pilot the campus’s DJI Phantom 3, through a combination of simulator and hands-on training. FAA sUAS regulations will also be covered throughout the week. Upon completion of the 5-day drone camp, participants will be prepared for the FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Remote Pilot certification test. Additional camp details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/193916994565840.
“This is an exciting opportunity for youth interested in learning more about the growing field of Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” says Andy Duncan, Campus Executive Director of Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Indianapolis campus. “With the expanding government regulations regarding drone operations, AIM wanted to come up with a fun way to educate aspiring drone pilots.”
The camp is open to 2018, 2019, and 2020 high school graduates. There is a $25 registration fee to attend the camp and a limited number of spots are available. For more information regarding Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s drone camp, or to register, contact AIM’s Indianapolis campus at (317) 243-4519.
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.
The school groups of Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Centura Colleges and Tidewater Tech have reached out to their community and volunteered their time for a number of organizations. The staff at these institutions have chosen to serve their communities by volunteering their time, talent and support to causes that are meaningful to their communities. Here are just a few examples where are campuses have provided inspiration and hope to their community.
AIM Indianapolis Joins Forces with Local Elementary School to Provide Bikes to Children
The Indianapolis campus of Aviation Institute of Maintenance is on a mission. The goal: to provide bikes to the children of a local elementary school. See AIM Indianapolis’s plans in an excerpt from a letter drafted by its Campus Executive Director, Andy Duncan.
“I can still remember my first “big boy” bike. No more training wheels for this guy. This new bike looked like a motorcycle with big orange fenders, long black seat, silver frame (complete with motor cycle decal), and knobby tires. I can remember the initial ride down the street into the ditch and abrupt stop when I hit the concrete wall at the end of ditch. The memory is firmly planted in my head of this event from over forty years ago. If you are like me you remember your first bike or first “big boy or girl” bike and it brings a smile to your face. For lots of kids they will never know that felling. It is simply beyond the reality of the life they live for their family to afford such a luxury.
We at Aviation Institute of Maintenance want to do something about this. The AIM Indianapolis campus is on a mission to help recreate the feeling I and so many others have of getting a new bike. We have partnered with McClelland Elementary school to help this dream become a reality.
McClelland Elementary school has over 1000 students and due to the socioeconomic condition of a large portion of the students all students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. McClelland is home to a fairly significant homeless population of students as well. We, AIM, found our place to help bring some smiles simply by providing bikes. Now that the partnership has been set we have to get the word out as to what we are doing.
We have reached out to our partners in Aviation, friends & family, and other businesses to help with donating gift cards toward this effort. The students and faculty of AIM have graciously volunteered their time to assemble the bikes as they arrive. McClelland is choosing the criteria for the students that will receive the bikes and on May 25th we will head over to the school bikes in hand for delivery day.
As I write this 28 bikes and helmets have been ordered, 18 assembled, and ten more in route to us. We still have a couple weeks to collect a few more and as of right now several others are promised to us. We are looking forward to seeing the children when they receive their bikes. I know what having a bike meant to me as a child and I know that events like this show the community what Aviation Institute of Maintenance is all about. We train mechanics. We help people have a better future in their new career and we give bikes to kids who need them. That is who we are and that is what we do. I like the sound of that.”
Centura Columbia Lends Helping Hands in Support of Flood Victims
On Friday, April 20, 2018, Centura College Columbia partnered with St. Bernard’s Place to assist a homeowner reclaim his residence after the devastating effects of flooding. St. Bernard’s Place is a national nonprofit organization focused on helping citizens of an affected area restore their lives after a natural disaster. Parts of South Carolina were hit hard in 2015 by Hurricane Joaquin, resulting in catastrophic flooding that left scores of citizens displaced. Many people are still rebuilding some two years later.
A team of ten from the Columbia campus, consisting of staff and students, arrived at the location and got an assessment of the resident’s needs. The cohort was broken into groups and assignments were given. Some helped strip paint from baseboards and door trim, others applied fresh paint to other parts of the home, while the remaining manned table saws and sanders to repair water damaged woodwork. The students represented our Building Maintenance and Repair (BMR), Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Medical Assisting programs.
In all, the team worked on site from 8:30 am-12 noon and assisted in the ongoing progress toward completing the restoration. The campus has pledged its support in future activities and looks forward to serving the Midlands community at large.
Tidewater Tech Staff and Students Volunteer at Local Church to Serve Lunch to Community
Tidewater Tech staff and students volunteered locally with Norfolk’s Christian Fellowship Church on Tuesday, April 17th from 12-2pm during their lunchtime fellowship. Tidewater Tech volunteers worked together in providing lunch to serve the church, veterans, civilians, and homeless members of our local Norfolk community. Additionally, resources were also provided for those seeking help with housing or financial hardships. Christian Fellowship’s purpose is to provide an intimate environment of learning, fellowship, support, accountability and community outreach. Christian Fellowship educates and gives back to the community through seeking volunteers for, in addition to offering, education advancement, IT, kid’s kingdom, finance team and literacy, regular food service, building and grounds, marketing, office, and administrative support, music and singing, Christian education, transportation resources, nursing, and other special events. This being said, Tidewater tech was delighted to be able to offer lunch and resources, and to overall play role in aiding such a great organization. The experience of serving others, knowing the increasing amount of people facing hunger, left a truly powerful and uplifting impact for participants in seeing the appreciation of those served.
These are just a few shining examples of students and staff at AIM, Centura College, and Tidewater Tech personify the mission of our brands to truly connect communities and careers.
Other instances of our campuses doing their part to help out their communities include:
- AIM Atlanta teaming up with Greater Gwinnett Wetlands and the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources to clean up Bromolow Creek and surrounding wetlands.
- AIM Irving collecting food for the North Texas Food Bank.
- AIM Houston lending a helping hand and meeting with residents and business owners at annual Hobby Fest.
- AIM Las Vegas partnering with Ronald McDonald Charity House and baking cookies for a family staying there.
- AIM Mannasass welcoming the Manasass City Boys and Girls Club to their campus for a fun-filled day.
- AIM Oakland holding a food drive for those in need in the community.
- Centura Chesapeake holding a community yard and craft sale, with proceeding benefiting the Samaritan House.
- Centura Norfolk medical assisting students providing wellness checks for members at the KROC center.
Be sure to check our blogs and follow us on Facebook for updates on these and more stories of community outreach.