Wichita State Launches AMT Earn-and-learn Program

 - October 26, 2021, 10:59 AM
NIAR Werx's main MRO facility is located across from McConnell Air Force Base and aircraft supplier Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita. (Photo: National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University)

Wichita State University (WSU), WSU Tech, and the Werx MRO division of WSU’s National Institute for Aviation Research is launching a program in January that will provide full-time employment for individuals pursuing a certificate as an aviation maintenance technician (AMT). Those selected for the Get to Werx program will receive a competitive wage and benefits working at the school’s MRO shop while attending nine semesters of WSU Tech’s aviation maintenance technology program, successful completion of which will earn them an associate degree of applied science.

It also will make them eligible to sit for FAA certification in airframe and powerplant, as well as earn credits toward a bachelor of applied science in organizational leadership and learning from WSU. Tuition reimbursement will be paid upon completion of each successful semester.

“Students will gain industry experience on real modification programs while under the supervision of some of the most experienced technicians and engineers in the field,” said John Tomblin, WSU's senior v-p of industry and defense programs and NIAR executive director.

The first class will be open to between 25 and 30 students, with plans for a second class to start in fall 2022. The Greater Wichita Partnership is also offering a $1,000 relocation stipend for AMT students who reside more than 75 miles outside of Wichita.