Bombardier launches Technician Apprenticeship Program in Wichita

A Bombardier Global 6000 jet in the hangar ready for modification for the German Armed Forces
Photo Credit: Bombardier

Global aerospace company Bombardier has joined forces with Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech) to introduce a new apprenticeship program aimed at nurturing future airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics.

This training initiative has been implemented to address the growing demand for skilled technicians in the aviation industry.

Unique Offering…

The apprenticeship program spans two years and offers participants a blend of hands-on training at Bombardier Group’s Wichita site and classroom instruction at WSU Tech.

Throughout the program, students will receive guidance from experienced instructors and aviation maintenance experts, gaining invaluable insights into Bombardier’s extensive portfolio of business jets.

Structured Learning Experience

During the apprenticeship, students will undergo rigorous training to obtain their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) A&P certification.

They will also receive comprehensive on-the-job training, transitioning from apprentices to full-fledged A&P technicians at Bombardier upon successful completion of the program.

This program not only equips students with essential technical skills but also provides them with a pathway to secure employment in the aerospace industry.

By participating in the apprenticeship, students gain hands-on experience, professional mentorship, and a competitive edge in the job market.

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Benefits for the Manufacturer…

Focused on designing, manufacturing, and servicing a range of business jets, the apprenticeship program serves as a strategic investment in talent development for the manufacturer.

Bombardier’s Challenger and Global aircraft families are renowned for their cutting-edge innovation, cabin design, performance, and reliability.

By nurturing skilled technicians, Bombardier enhances its capacity to deliver timely OEM maintenance services, thereby strengthening its position in the market and ensuring customer satisfaction.

Paul Sislian, Executive Vice-President of Aftermarket Services & Bombardier Strategy, emphasized the company’s present commitment to expanding its presence in Wichita and investing in workforce development.

“We are pleased to deepen our roots in Wichita and the U.S. through the launch of this foundational program in collaboration with WSU Tech, a leader in aviation mechanic training in Wichita,” said Sislian.

“The start of this apprenticeship program highlights Bombardier Group’s ongoing commitment to not only expanding its footprint in Wichita, but to training, hiring and retaining qualified professionals, which will further increase our ability to provide exceptional customer service to our clients.”

Photo Credits: Bombardier

Dr. Sheree Utash, President of WSU Tech, expressed excitement about the collaboration and its potential to provide students with exceptional learning opportunities.

“We are profoundly grateful for the fiscal support from the State of Kansas, which played a crucial role in making this opportunity a reality,” said Dr. Utash.

“Through such dynamic alliances, we can offer our students impactful, real-world experiences, significantly enhancing our skilled workforce and reinforcing our strong commitment to applied learning.”

Driving Aerospace Innovation

Bombardier’s focus on developing skilled technicians reflects the broader trend in the aerospace industry towards innovation and excellence in service delivery.

With an expanding global service center network and a strong presence in key aerospace hubs, Bombardier positions itself strongly for the future.

About WSU Tech

WSU Tech, formally known as Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology, located in Wichita, KS is the state’s leader in modern technical education.

It presently offers over 100 degree and certificate options in aviation, health care, manufacturing, design, information technology, culinary, and business.

In 2018, WSU Tech was named the 2nd fastest growing college among two-year colleges by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

WSU Tech serves as managing partner of the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) in Wichita, KS and is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a Kansas Board of Regents institution


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