Early Career Planning Pays Off For 21 Year Old Aerospace Worker

Share Article

At a time when most high school juniors are thinking about their first car, Phillip Parham was thinking about his future, and chose a career path that started at the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology.

Phillip Parham started his career with a solid education at MIAT

"Starting MIAT one year early while still attending high school classes was hands down one of the best opportunities I ever had." - Phillip Parham

At a time when most high school juniors are thinking about their first car, Phillip Parham was thinking about something a bit faster…jets, and a fast track educational plan to work on them.

Parham, a Michigan native, began training to become an FAA Certificated Airframe and Powerplant Technician at age 17 through a unique program offered by Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology (MIAT), in cooperation with Flat Rock Community High School.

"Starting MIAT one year early while still attending high school classes was hands down one of the best opportunities I ever had," stated Parham.

"I was hired at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated a month before my MIAT graduation, and was able to start my first career job in California at the age of 20," he added.

The dual-enrollment aviation maintenance training is available to select students from high schools near the MIAT Main Campus in Canton, Michigan. These juniors and seniors spend half their day in traditional classrooms, then take a bus to the 90,000 square foot aircraft hangar at MIAT for hands-on equipment experience and technical instruction that provides a head start on the 20-month curriculum required to qualify for the Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant certificate examination.

According to MIAT President Charles Hawes, technical training such as the 20 month Airframe and Powerplant Program offers the opportunity to pursue a rewarding and stable career in less than half the time of a traditional four year college degree.

"Students enroll with us for many good reasons, but time is one of the most important," stated Hawes.

"In today's economy, some are looking to gain skills to pay the bills as soon as possible. For these high school students and graduates, aviation maintenance is an appealing career pathway for the mechanically-oriented," he added.

For more information about technical career programs in Michigan and Texas at MIAT or their Dual Enrollment Program for high schools around the campus, contact the school at 800-447-1310 or visit the web site: http://www.miat.edu.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Kevin Burchett
MIAT
800-447-1310
Email >
Visit website