What Our Participants Say

”The Aero Skills Tournament was well-attended and feedback from both the spectators and the participants was quite positive.  It was exciting to see the contestants go at their craft with such enthusiasm and skill.  Everyone came away with a new appreciation for the craftspeople in the aircraft sheet metal trade.  Great to see decision-makers from several schools, with many expressing interest in hosting future events.” 

Steve Kane, Executive Director, SpaceTEC Inc. and CertTEC Inc.

“We had a great time and really enjoyed watching the students compete with each other.  Our students had many positive comments but the one that stood out most in my mind was how much they enjoyed putting the things they learned in school to real world sheet metal applications.  … we look forward to Aero Skills return!!”

Christopher Ohshita, Aviation Chair – Director, Victor Valley College

“Thank you again for all your time and effort ……..The scene generally could have not been better. I felt that the stations in the contest were a great sampling of the requirements for a structures technician to maintain and master in our industry today. The rapid fire and manifolding of the project layouts made the transitions easy to follow for the contestants. The applicants reported feeling a sense of pride and excitement to be displaying their individual skill sets; while demonstrating what their academic pursuit has taught them so far. The blueprint contained some gotcha’s that even...

Dave Raymond, faculty from PCC

“Thank you so much for putting on this competition. … I know the other competitors had a great time as well. I urge anyone interested in the aero trades, taking an A & P class or anyone who has just entered into the workforce as an A & P, to participate in these competitions. It's a fantastic way to make connections and meet great people; as well as having a fun time!” 

Josh Klugman, a competing student from PCC

"The Aero Skills tournament was a great opportunity for our students to use what they learn in classes and labs in a “real world” type of competition. The students were able to see how their education and their career will tie together in the very near future. An added benefit to this competition is the chance for the students to work with and learn from industry professionals who are using these skills on a daily basis"

David Tesser, Instructor at College of Aviation and Aeronautical Science

“We really enjoyed the Aero Skills Tournament. The event gave our students a great opportunity to show their skills in aviation maintenance…everyone involved had a great time! The events were challenging but a lot of fun. It gave our students a chance to compete with other students and see how they “stacked” up to the completion. We definitely plan to return next year”. 

Ciro Hidalgo, the Principal of George T Baker

“The Aero Skills Tournament was a great event for the area, not only to raise awareness of the opportunity in the aerospace industry but both the faculty and the students had a chance to network and compare notes on our programs. I’m proud to say ALL of our students who competed did so well considering the challenges; they’re all winners to me. We look forward to inviting our community at large and any challengers out for the next one”. 

Carl Washburn, the head of GTC Aviation Center at SCTAC