KISSIMMEE / ORLANDO, Fla. – The Avionic Technicians Association (ATA) has partnered with the University of Central Florida’s Continuing Education Department in offering a three-month training program starting January 2017 to prepare and certify students to work in the aviation industry.

The FCC authorizes ATA to provide training and to certify students who successfully complete their training program and meet all necessary qualifications. Everyone who takes the course will receive the Avionic Technician certificate and be tested to obtain the FCC license.

ATA will provide the curriculum that will start with basics and by the end of three months’ students will know the proper techniques for installation of electronics equipment for navigation and communications systems of an aircraft. They will also know the procedures for trouble shooting faults on the electrical systems.

The $5,000 tuition cost includes all lab materials and tools to be used by the students in the classroom.

The UCF Continuing Education Department will be providing marketing support, processing of student enrollment and fee collection, and issue the Avionics Technician certificate of course completion. “We’re thrilled to be part of the initiative to grow local talent for jobs in the avionics field here,” said Maria Cherjovsky, Associate Director of the UCF Department of Continuing Education.

“Anyone with a high school diploma can take this course that’s designed to meet the needs of the aviation industry to fill entry level positions and to hire people with prior experience too,” said Avionica founder and chief executive officer Israel Mercado, a 30-year veteran of the aviation industry.

By January 1, 2020 all aircraft must be equipped with the NexGen ADS-B technology to be compliant with FAA regulations, per Mr. Mercado.  The three-hour classes, commencing Jan. 9, 2017, will be held twice weekly located at: 3952 Merlin Dr. Suite C, Kissimmee, FL 34741 in the Kissimmee Gateway Airport and the other location is: 241 Nilson Way Suite A, Orlando, FL 32803 in the Orlando Executive Airport. Course schedules and
locations are:

Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kissimmee, Orlando and Sanford locations;
Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kissimmee, Orlando and Sanford locations;
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kissimmee, Orlando and Sanford locations;
Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kissimmee, Orlando and Sanford locations.
A Saturday class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport commencing Jan. 7 was
added for those students that cannot make it during the week. Another Saturday class will become
available in February.