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Ensuring a Robust and Sustainable Aerospace Workforce: From Machinists to Engineers Dave Drugman, Honda Aircraft Company Maureen Little, NC Community Colleges.

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1 Ensuring a Robust and Sustainable Aerospace Workforce: From Machinists to Engineers Dave Drugman, Honda Aircraft Company Maureen Little, NC Community Colleges Scott Dorney, NC Military Business Center Anna Lea, NC Department of Commerce Laura Spivey, NC Department of Commerce

2 Opportunities and Challenges Transitioning Military Workforce Identification of Transferrable Skills with Existing Workforce Identification of Regional Aerospace Trainer University System Partners Development of NC’s Aerospace Culture Deployment of a State SWOT Team

3 Transitioning Military Workforce 16,000 skilled workers annually exiting Approximately 20% with aerospace/aviation-related skill sets (2007 Commerce research) NC Military Business Center Supply vs. Demand Stay NC – Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Employer Days Job posting enhancements Development of Industry/National Certifications Applicable “Credit” toward Licensure, Diploma, AA Degree

4 Identification of Transferrable Skills with Existing Workforce Golden LEAF Survey Assemblers Fabricators Machinists Electrical/Electronic Technicians Community Colleges and WF Development Boards Jobs NOW Program (Fabrication, Machining, Welding) Identification of potential companies within Aerospace Forum Profile Jobs Pre-Employment: Recruitment, Screening, Training Assessment Centers Simulated Work Environments Development of Industry/National Certifications Applicable “Credit” toward Licensure, Diploma, AA Degree

5 Success Stories Curtiss Wright – Cleveland County Partnership: Curtiss Wright, Cleveland CC, Region C WFD Board Profiled Machinist Position Career Readiness Certification Assessments Pre-Employment Training Honda Aircraft Company – Guilford County Partnership: Honda Aircraft, Guilford Technical CC, and Guilford WFD Board First Round Results: > 2400 Website Hits 474 Applicants Tested 156 Applicants with Skill Sets 79 Selected for Pre-Employment Training 19 Selected for Intense Training

6 Identification of Regional Aerospace Trainer Focus of Golden LEAF Efforts - $4.2 Million College of the Albemarle Craven Community College Guilford Technical Community College Lenoir Community College South Piedmont Community College Wayne Community College Identification of Existing Programs Aerostructure Manufacturing and Repair Aviation Electronics (Avionics) Technology Aviation Systems Technology Aerospace Manufacturing Readiness Composites Manufacturing Aerospace & Precision Manufacturing

7 Identification of Regional Aerospace Trainer Identification of Training Gaps CATIA AS9100 Fabrication: Composites and Sheet Metal Others Development of Industry/National Certifications Applicable “Credit” toward Licensure, Diploma, AA Degree Through support of Golden LEAF, Craven CC has received FAA Approval to offer an A & P Certification Prep to “Qualified” Existing Military Personnel…Opportunity to replicate across North Carolina

8 University Partners Golden LEAF Survey Aerospace, Electrical, Industrial, Materials, Mechanical, Software, Systems Engineers Articulation Agreements Electrical Engineering Technology Electronics Engineering Technology Industrial Engineering Technology Industrial Systems Technology Reach NC Faculty Members – Instruction, Research and Development 16 University System, Private Universities December 2011 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – Rich Gould

9 Development of NC’s Aerospace Culture Connecting the “Feeder System” K-12 Community Colleges University System Advertisement: NC Aviation and Aerospace: 1 st in Flight Websites – Companies, Commerce, CC, University, etc. Bill Boards Success Stories Other

10 Deployment of State SWOT Team NC Department of Commerce NC Community Colleges University System NC Military Business Center NC Employment Security Commission Golden LEAF Local County Representation Aerospace Forum Members Others


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