“For CGOs that go through the course, they will gain a greater understanding of engineering in an applied aircraft way,” said Asselta. “Getting certified is one of the only options they have to embed with maintenance units and get to see how things work and understand both sides of the coin, which is an experience that a lot of our engineers don’t get.”
As part of their training at Wright-Patterson, the engineers will have access to a retired C-130 aircraft, which they will be able to punch holes in and repair using the skills they learned during the course.
“The course is exciting,” said Farris. “We have the opportunity to work real problems that directly impact field units.”
Over the next year, AFLCMC will work to bring all of the ABDR required courses to Wright-Patterson.
“From a senior engineering perspective, this is exciting to see young engineering talent become an immediate force multiplier,” said Thomas Fischer, director of Engineering and Technical Management/Services in AFLCMC. “We can improve readiness and increase program office capability by sending our young military engineers through this training.”
For more information about ABDR courses at Wright-Patterson, contact Farris at firstname.lastname@example.org.