Atlanta Technical College (ATC) has recertified its Aviation Maintenance Airframe Certificate Program, following the FAA’s suspension of the program five years ago, and will begin classes for the 2022 spring semester.
According to the FAA, it suspended ATC’s Air Agency Certificate in December 2016, alleging “that ATC failed to maintain approved grade, attendance, and makeup reports for students in numerous courses in its Aviation Maintenance Technology (AVMT) program.” Further, the FAA said at the time that the college hadn’t enrolled or conducted any classes in the program since May 2014.
College officials credited the support of ATC president Victoria Seals—who joined the college in December 2016—and representatives from hometown airline Delta Air Lines for the program’s recertification. "Delta TechOps congratulates ATC on its hard work to achieve FAA recertification to offer the aviation program,” said Joseph McDermott, Delta Air Lines' managing director of people development and culture, technical operations. “Providing this curriculum not only enhances the opportunities available to students in our community but also supports our efforts to present a compelling career path at Delta TechOps while students are in aviation programs.” McDermott also sits on the college’s board of directors.
The program, which emphasizes a combination of aircraft airframe maintenance theory and practical application, can be completed in three semesters, ATC said.