Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program, which will provide Utah students the opportunity to graduate high school with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing and begin an aerospace manufacturing career. This unique program has brought aerospace industry representatives, education leaders, and together in an unprecedented collaboration.
“The creation of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program will benefit Utah students for generations to come. This is among the first time industry partners and K-12 educators are working closely together to directly address their workforce needs in the state,” Gov. Herbert said. “We look forward to unlocking more opportunities with industry leaders to improve education and to ensure lasting economic growth in Utah.”
The first semester of the program will take place in high schools in Granite and Davis School Districts, while the second semester will take place at Davis Applied Technology College and Salt Lake Community College. Students will also participate in a paid internship during their senior year of high school.
“Improving our education system is the most important thing we can do to build a strong economy for the future,” said Larry Coughlin, general manager of Boeing Salt Lake. “This program provides students who have a passion for technology and innovation the opportunity to become familiar with aerospace manufacturing and get hands-on experiential learning.”
Upon completing the UAP program, along with passing pre-employment requirements, students will be certified to begin work with one of the aerospace partners in Utah. Not only will the students begin work at a family-sustaining wage— many of the industry partners have agreed to provide tuition reimbursements after a minimum of one year working for the company. If the student prefers, they can pursue training within their company and work their way up there.
The six aerospace industry partners in Utah are Boeing, Harris, Hexcel, Hill Air Force Base, Janicki, and Orbital ATK. The industry partners have worked closely together with the Utah Manufacturers Association to provide paid internships during the certification process and define the requirements to hire these students out of high school.
Here’s how it works:
> During your senior year, prepare to earn an industry-recognized certificate.
> Students must complete three courses of training (about 156 hours), which includes an after high school hands-on paid intern-ship (48 hours).
> Receive .50 credit through instructor and practical training in a manufacturing-related course at your high school.
> You will participate in hands-on composite training at Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) or Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and receive an additional .50 credit through your high school.
> Participate in a paid 48-hour hands-on internship that will jump-start your career, and receive a .25 credit.
> Earn an industry-recognized certificate during your senior year while interning with one of six industry partners—BOEING, HARRIS, HEXCEL, HILL AIR FORCE BASE, JANICKI, Orbital ATK.
> Gain the experience, knowledge, and skills to qualify for a full-time position with one of the six sponsoring aerospace companies.
College and Career
> Earn a starting hourly wage of $12 and increase your opportunity by strengthening your skills and talents.
> Begin or continue your postsecondary (college) education while earning a living receiving a tuition reimbursement.
In Utah, aerospace and defense is a $5.4 billion industry (GOED). In 2013, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,506, annually, including pay and benefits (Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2013). A career in the aerospace industry is high skill, high wage, and high demand.
To participate in the Utah Aerospace Pathways program, beginning in fall 2015, contact your Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher or school counselor. They will provide you with the information you need to get started on THE CAREER OF A LIFETIME!