Confederation College -- flying straight into jobs.Like mining and forestry, aviation is a cyclical industry Cyclical Industry
A term describing an industry that is sensitive to the business cycle and price changes. Many cyclical industries produce durable goods such as raw materials and heavy equipment. .
With national airlines like West-jet and Porter Airlines Porter Airlines is a regional airline based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It operates high-frequency services from Toronto to destinations in Canada, with plans to add several more destinations in the USA. generating excitement and several regional carriers expanding their fleet, job opportunities for Confederation College Confederation College is a provincially funded community college located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was established in 1967, and has area campuses in Dryden, ON, Fort Frances, ON, Geraldton, ON, Kenora, ON, Marathon, ON and Sioux Lookout, ON. aviation grads have never been better.
"It's probably the biggest boom we've seen in memory," says Scott Hobbs, the Thunder Bay Thunder Bay, city (1991 pop. 113,946), SW Ont., Canada, on Thunder Bay inlet of Lake Superior. The city was created in 1970 by the amalgamation of the twin cities of Fort William and Port Arthur and two adjoining townships. aviation school's director of marketing.
The industry is desperate for pilots and mechanics. It's putting the pressure on all faculty and administration at Confederation's flight, aircraft maintenance and aerospace manufacturing programs.
The global aviation industry has strongly rebounded since 2001 and the school is hitting a workforce crunch where there's not enough graduates in all three programs to fill the Canadian and international demand.
As well, an aging workforce and the retirement of flight staff and maintenance people means there's a looming shortage of between 2000 and 4,000 in Canada in 10 years. That's too much for Canadian schools to meet the challenge.
"We can't get smaller that's for sure," says Hobbs.
In years past, flight program students would start out working dock jobs at remote bush camps, earning $8 to $10 an hour.
Not anymore. Today, they're flying in the Arctic starting at $18 to $20 an hour. "They're going straight to flying jobs and that was traditionally not the way things went," says Hobbs.
Confederation is investigating physically expanding beyond its 300-student capacity and look at ways of attracting international students.
"We've talked about hangar and classroom expansion because the cry-out for students is getting so bad we have no choice but jump on board," says Hobbs.
The aviation programs have been in the spotlight in recent years with the development of the $10 million Aviation Centre of Excellence Confederation College, which opened its doors in 1967, offered both the Aircraft Maintenance and Aviation Flight Management programs at the Thunder Bay International Airport since the late 1960s, however they were located at separate hangars. (ACE), a state of the art facility located at Thunder Bay International Airport Thunder Bay Airport or Thunder Bay International Airport, (IATA: YQT, ICAO: CYQT), is an airport in the Canadian city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. With 100,154 aircraft movements in 2006 it is the fourth busiest airport in Ontario. .
The 59,000-square-foot building brought all of Confederation's aviation programs under one roof. The training facility focuses on a multitude of technological applications in software and control engineering, mathematics and computer sciences.
The two-year aircraft maintenance program handles between 30-45 students with aerospace manufacturing usually seating about 30.
The flight program has expanded from 40 to 45 students to more than 60 at times beginning with the move into the ACE facility.
"It's been oversubscribed Refers to connecting more users to a system than can be fully supported if all of them were using it at the same time. Networks and servers are almost always designed with some amount of oversubscription, counting on the fact that everybody does not need the service simultaneously. since Day One," says Hobbs "There's been times when we've had upwards of 500 to 600 applicants for that program for 60 seats. There's a waiting list a mile long for that program."
Says the school of aviation's interim director Brian Ktytor, "All (three programs grads) can pretty well writetheir own ticket for any job they want.
"Airlines are recruiting right out of the school. Flight management grads are getting multiple offers and we're getting contacts from companies constantly looking for Looking for
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"Manufacturing grads are going to Boeing, Bristol Aerospace Bristol Aerospace is a Canadian aerospace firm located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is now an operating division of Magellan Aerospace. History
What would eventually become Bristol Aerospace began in 1904, when brothers Jim and Grant MacDonald moved to Winnipeg from Nova , the list goes on and on. They're all in super high demand."
With 15 Cessna aircraft in the college's fleet, Confederation flight students are airborne within the first two weeks.
"Our goal, after your first four months of school is you're up doing a solo flight Solo Flight was a flight simulator game for the Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit microcomputers, released in 1983. It was later released for the IBM PC. The game was created by noted game designer Sid Meier, and published by MicroProse Software, Inc. ," says Hobbs.
The school boasts some of the most advanced flight training simulators and devices providing pilots with a high degree of realism to simulate weather, wind, turbulence and mechanical failures.
Student Population: 21,000
President: Patricia Lang
By IAN ROSS
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