Bowling said there’s “a gap” in the aviation industry between the aging workforce and those entering the profession.
“A big need” is how he described the workforce demand.
The entry-level salary for avionics technicians in this region averages $43,000, median pay is $65,000, and experienced workers make up to $85,000, he said. In addition, some employers, such as Air Wisconsin in Dayton, are offering signing bonuses (in this case $2,000) for avionics technicians.
Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins said the city sits at the center of the Southwest Ohio aerospace corridor, so it made sense to put together this partnership to meet the “growing demand” for workers in this industry.
The new program will offer a variety of courses in avionics for students with different levels of experience — from students with no experience, to incumbent workers and veterans with experience but no FAA mechanics license, to individuals who are already FAA-certified aviation mechanics and seeking specialized avionics skills.
Students completing the avionics training in Middletown will be eligible to sit for the NCATT Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) Certificate test, Bowling said. Depending on a student’s experience, the program could take 10 to 30 weeks to complete, he said.
Students interested in enrolling in Cincinnati State Middletown’s new Avionics Technician program can get more information by calling 513-217-3700, or by going online at www.cincinnatistate.edu/contact-us/campuses/Middletown.