The visit will help give them insight into avionics technology as it relates to general aviation, said
The students are currently enrolled in an Aircraft Electrical Communication and Navigation Systems class. The avionics program is offered by the
"We are hoping to learn more about what bench technicians do on a daily basis, learn more about the install (and) modification procedures performed by Bevan-Rabell, and just soak in as much information as they are willing to offer," Irick said of the visit.
"If you don't know how this autopilot or radio works in the airplane, go find out," Jecha said. "It's helpful to understand overall systems."
When it comes to working with new and old equipment, there are always new things to learn, he said.
"It's like working on cars, just more exciting," Denning said.
He wanted to learn more about electronics as it relates to aircraft. The program helped Denning land a job as a radio and electronics installer at
He was one of three students in the program hired by
"It's a really good program," she said.
Bevan-Rabell repairs and installs global positioning systems, transponders, navigation and communication equipment, autopilots, instruments and other components. It also handles some airframe and engine maintenance.
"You wind up with a nice, modern panel," Gooch told them.
The students have a good time touring, Irick said. "They just really enjoy it."
The tours "give them more of an opportunity to see all the different areas they could work in," she said.
In the program, students learn about basic electronics, theories, concepts, technical math, avionics, systems, wiring diagrams and schematics and other areas of study, Irick said.
They currently are building AM/FM radios in the lab. They will also build a game buzzer and a multimeter, she said.
It's a one-year program but students can go on to earn an associate degree.
Classes start each August. This fall, the avionics program will also offer online courses.
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