Graduates from MVCC's aviation maintenance program are in high demand

MVCC aircraft maintenance graduates have very good job prospects.

Posted: Dec 22, 2017 6:03 PM

Rome, N.Y. - 16 students graduated Friday afternoon from the Mohawk Valley Community College Airframe and Powerplant Technology Program in Rome and are all expected to be employed within the next 30 days.


Program Technical Assistant Ray Martin says 12 of the 16 already have job offers and the other four are expected to have an offer within the next 30 days, "The sky is the limit.  12 months and they've got a career."

Program Director Walter Constantini says the reason these graduates are in such high demand is the age of the current aircraft maintenance workforce, "The industry is experiencing a major retirement wave right now. Baby boomers, post Vietnam era, are retiring and there are not enough people coming into the trades to replace them."

Constantini says some of the students he is seeing enroll in the one year program already have some college under their belt, but they just didn't know what they wanted to do, until they heard about this program. He says besides the love of airplanes and the ability to work with them on a day to day basis, the career also offers a good salary, "Salaries start anywhere from $35,000 to $45,000 a year and they accelerate rapidly from there. Six figures is not out of the question."

Of the 16 who graduated on Friday, two are females, including Michelle Conklin of Washingtonville in Orange County.

Conklin says her dad got she and her sister involved in planes at a young age, and she is one of the people in the MVCC program who started taking classes at another college until found this program, "I found out about this school at an Air Show at Stewart International Airport. So, I saw them a couple years in a row, thinking about it and I finally signed up."

Conklin is considering job offers at Stewart International Airport and also in Albany.

If you are interested in the MVCC Airframe and Powerplant Technology Program, you can look into enrolling by contacting the MVCC Admissions Office at (315) 792-5354.

The next available start date is May 1st.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 375133

Reported Deaths: 30174
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City20540621752
Nassau407132132
Suffolk401531916
Westchester337671385
Rockland13280655
Orange10471444
Erie6308549
Dutchess3962142
Monroe3081230
Onondaga2295149
Albany1930112
Ulster170477
Sullivan140531
Putnam126860
Niagara108570
Oneida106958
Schenectady70129
Broome59345
Rensselaer49528
Saratoga49314
Columbia40034
Madison31915
Warren25628
Orleans24741
Steuben24541
Greene24118
Washington23813
Ontario2189
Fulton21518
St. Lawrence2072
Genesee2055
Tompkins1650
Chemung1371
Chenango1330
Tioga13322
Wayne1213
Livingston1207
Herkimer1133
Oswego1123
Clinton974
Cayuga961
Montgomery964
Chautauqua954
Cattaraugus910
Wyoming875
Delaware824
Jefferson740
Otsego735
Seneca600
Schoharie510
Allegany490
Cortland410
Yates396
Essex380
Franklin230
Lewis200
Schuyler120
Hamilton50
Unassigned00
Utica
Overcast
78° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 80°
Oneonta
Overcast
69° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 69°
Herkimer
Overcast
78° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 80°
Thendara
Overcast
78° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 80°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
Menu 2 Go list of takeout dinners & fish fries
Apply to Go the Distance 2020
23 courses for only $79.99