Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series focusing on the Career Tech programs offered by Enterprise High School.
Through a dual enrollment course with Enterprise State Community College’s Alabama Aviation College – based in Ozark – Enterprise High School students have the opportunity to get a jumpstart on becoming aviation mechanics.
The Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics Technology (AMT) program at EHS offers four courses – AMT 100, AMT 101, AMT 102 and AMT 111 – as dual enrollment courses taught by AAC instructor Kyle Kosik at the Enterprise Career and Technology Center.
AMT 100, which is a technical preparation course, deals in basic math and physics, weight and balance and basic federal regulations. AMT 101, which is a basic electricity course, teaches students about the basics of electrical work.
The hands-on courses begin with AMT 102, a materials and processes course, where students learn about torqueing, safety and bending and flaring tubing. Kosik says that AMT 111 is the program’s most popular course as it is completely hands on. The aircraft sheet metal repair course sees students “banging” rivets, bending metal, making different types of patches and completely working hands on with metal work and learning the ins and outs of repairing aircraft.
Kosik, who is in his second semester as the AMT instructor at ECTC, is a Tallahassee, Fla., native that attended Lively Technical College before working at an airline in Tallahassee. Kosik began working at Fort Rucker in 1985 and continued through 2005 before contracting overseas and then working at Bell Helicopters in Ozark in 2008. In 2009, Kosik began as an instructor at AAC.
Kosik said that he hopes to simply get students interested in the course to then hopefully steer them towards a career in aviation mechanics.
“We get the high school guys and try to get them interested in aviation and then go over to the aviation college,” Kosik said. “I want them to get their A&P license. The job opportunities are incredible. People like me are retiring, so there is a vacuum in aviation.
“The money and opportunities are out there. I would like them to get that A&P license and go see the world and have a ball.”
According to the website Indeed, aviation mechanics’ beginning pay at Fort Rucker starts at nearly $29 per hour.
Along with the possibility of earning scholarships in the program and earning the four AAC credits that EHS offers, students can also attend a night class at AAC during the year for free. Students can also take two courses during the summer.
Kosik said AAC offers 15 courses in total so EHS students that take advantage of all of the opportunities the AMT courses and AAC offers could very well graduate from high school ready to take the tests to earn their license as soon as they turn 18 years old.