The growing aerospace industry in West Virginia has a pressing need for workers that manufacture and repair airframe components. In partnership with Lockheed-Martin, Bombardier and HQ Aero, Pierpont has successfully implemented the Aircraft Structures Training Program, resulting in graduates obtaining employment with local aviation and aerospace companies.
ASTP is an 8 week technical training program, totaling 260 instructional hours, introducing aircraft basics and structure technology, along with students achieving safety and quality certifications from the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC). ASTP includes 130+ hours of hands-on exercises and shop skills development in assembly tools, drilling, reaming, countersinking; aircraft assembly; aircraft production fundamentals; shop math and blueprint reading; FOD control; etc. The ASTP class is held in Hangar B of the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center in Bridgeport, WV.
Admission into the Aircraft Structures Training Program is selective, and upon successful completion, graduates are hired by local aviation companies, therefore individuals must comply with specific Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for employment:
- 18 or older
- High school diploma or GED
- Pass background check – no felonies
- Pass drug screen
- Registered for selective service, if male
- No aviation experience is required, but preference is given to those with demonstrated mechanical aptitude.
- Resume required
A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 is due no later than March 2.
March 2-- Mechanical Aptitude testing in Hanger B at RCB Aerospace Center at 1:00. Must bring resume.
Students will be chosen for the class based on testing scores and resume. Applicants must have a mechanical background and have experience working with tools and power equipment.
Drug testing and background checks will be conducted during the first week of class. Anyone failing any part of this process will be dropped from the class.
Tuition is $4500.00, tools at the completion of the class cost $500.00, financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Please have interested students contact Jill Sole at 304-367-4920
as soon as possible.
Students who develop the skills necessary to work on aircraft structures may be offered employment with local aviation companies and the necessary employment paperwork will be completed during the last week of the class. Employment is the sole decision of the employers.