The city of Houston on April 21, 2022, via PRNewswire, expressed its gratitude to: Student participants in the MIAT College of Technology’s (MIAT) Aviation Maintenance Program will compete in their first Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) from April 25th to 28th in Dallas, Texas. Currently enrolled in one of the school’s Part 147 FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certification programs, the MIAT Mustangs will field a squad of six students and one alternate.
Teams of aircraft mechanics from all over the world are expected to compete in the AMC in 2022. The MIAT Mustangs will compete at AMC for the first time this year and are grateful to United Airlines, Houston’s hometown airline, for sponsoring one of three aviation maintenance programs. A subsidiary of Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (UTI), MIAT offers a wide range of educational programs.
Participants in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC), which is held in conjunction with Aviation Week Network’s MRO Americas, have the opportunity to attend a series of events highlighting various aspects of aerospace maintenance. This competition gives students a chance to put their flying skills to the test on the competition floor, while also exposing them to the future of aviation with the most up-to-date equipment and technology.
According to Michael Riccardelli, an A & P instructor at the Houston campus, “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students and the MIAT Houston Campus!” There has been a lot of practice and a lot of simulating of the competition environment. Student participation in the competition is an excellent way for them to demonstrate their talents and see how they stack up against their peers across the country. “
The student team, which is led by Riccardelli, is made up of six members, including Team Captain Aiden Shih-Garcia, Erik Hersche, Diana Garcia, Garrett Nasrallah, Brian Veiga, and Ryan Pernarelli.
Between events, teams will have a five-minute rest period of 15 minutes. About 25 events are planned for the AMC in 2022. The MIAT Mustangs will face West LA College and the Youngstown, Ohio Campus of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA), two other United sponsored teams.
The ATG Aero Skills Tournament in San Antonio, Texas in October 2021—a sheet metal and structural competition for aviation schools—will be the first competition for the MIAT Mustangs, and they have already completed their first competition event with flying colours. The Mustangs won first place in the senior division, first, second, and third place in the junior division, and first place overall in the exhibition.
According to Bonnie Turner, Director of Airframe Repair & Overhaul at United, “Our commitment extends beyond simply flying our customers where they want and when they want it.” It also includes mentoring the next generation of aviation professionals and ensuring we do our part to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, particularly in the maintenance hangar. ” Our aircraft maintenance mechanics will have an opportunity to further develop the skills necessary to be successful in the field, such as problem solving, communication, and teamwork, through these competitions.