Vocational training

Maryland Congressman Trone touts professional training at Hagerstown School of Aeronautics

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (DC News Now) – Maryland Congressman David Trone was in Hagerstown on Thursday to announce plans to build a 10,000 square foot shop on the campus of an avionics trade school . This is job training for the future of a growing industry, says the congressman.

This is an area in high demand. Aircraft industry technicians. At the Pittsburgh Institute for Avionics in Hagerstown, federal funding to meet training needs is good news.

“It’s about expanding their campus right here in Hagerstown so we can enroll more students and train them even better and more successfully. We are thrilled that this community-funded project has been approved,” said Congressman David Trone (D – Maryland).

It’s not just the pilot and aircrew workforce that is being stretched.

According to Suzanne Markle, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Aeronautical Institute, “There has been a severe shortage in the industry and it has only gotten worse since COVID. So it continues to be a need. very important to keep aviation running.

Students find the training rewarding and they are confident of a solid career opportunity.

Draven Carbaugh is a student who says, “Growing up, I was always interested in aviation. I like medevac helicopters. I want to be able to fix them so they can help people. And coming here definitely helped me improve all my mechanical skills.

Rebecca Wearing touts the versatility of her degree once she completes her education and prepares for the job market.

“Aviation maintenance is a growing field right now,” she said. “It’s in high demand. Many jobs are available. In many different areas.

The training usually lasts about 21 months.

Congressman Trone predicts that funds flowing to the Pittsburgh Aeronautical Institute will improve the industry’s skilled workforce. The congressman, who was successful in business before his election to congress, told students during his visit to Hagerstown that many of the team-building skills learned through their professional training will take them far in their careers. career in avionics.