VJ-Advance Video Borescope Adds to Salt Lake Community College’s Superior Aviation Maintenance Technician Program

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Last month, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) was named champion of the college-division at the 2015 Aerospace Maintenance Competition and given a VJ-Advance video borescope, compliments of RF System Lab. RF System Lab, a strong believer in hands-on education, is grateful for the opportunity to donate a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to a deserving school.

RF System Lab with Aviation Maintenance Students from Salt Lake Community College

RF System Lab with Aviation Maintenance Students from Salt Lake Community College

"The VJ-Advance video borescope is, hands down, the easiest borescope to use and the image clarity is remarkable. It is an asset to be able to take pictures during the inspection and use the images from the flash drive to present during lecture,"

Last month, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) was named champion of the college-division at the 2015 Aerospace Maintenance Competition. Along with the glory that comes with that victory, SLCC was also given a VJ-Advance video borescope, compliments of RF System Lab.

RF System Lab, a strong believer in hands-on education, is grateful for the opportunity to donate a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to a deserving school. RF System Lab spoke with Jaime Horning, Assistant Professor & AMT Advisor at the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program at SLCC, about their AMT program, SLCC's approach to hands-on learning, and how the VJ-Advance will impact their curriculum.

SLCC's Aviation Maintenance Program has been around for approximately 30 years at the current facility, located in West Salt Lake City, Utah. This phenomenal facility gives students a lot of hands-on, real-world experience, as well as the opportunity to complete the program for their Airframe and Powerplant certificate. Additionally, many elective courses are available, allowing students to enter the field above entry-level.

A breakdown of SLCC's program is as follows: Lectures take place in a classroom environment with some minimal hands on such as drafting and wiring. There are three lab arenas used for several hands-on tasks. The first arena is for reciprocating engine teardown and overhaul, magneto overhaul and carburetor overhaul along with other required tasks per SLCC’s CFR 147 Curriculum. The second arena is for composite repair, sheet metal fabrication and painting. The third arena is a turbine engine teardown lab. SLCC also has a hanger that houses various aircraft that the students work on to gain hands on experience on actual aircraft.

While SLCC currently uses several different types of borescopes to perform turbine engine inspections and reciprocating cylinder inspections in powerplant courses, the addition of the VJ-Advance video borescope will help to strengthen SLCC's NDT coursework.

"The VJ-Advance video borescope is, hands down, the easiest borescope to use and the image clarity is remarkable. It is an asset to be able to take pictures during the inspection and use the images from the flash drive to present during lecture," explained Jaime Horning.

Horning went on to state that the addition of the VJ-Advance will change the course of SLCC's AMT program, exposing students to the exact equipment that they will be using in the field. He added that because AMT students at SLCC will have been trained using equipment like the VJ-Advance, employers will not have to not spend time and resources to train entry level A&P’s on how to use specific equipment; a huge benefit for both parties.

"The students at Salt Lake Community College Aviation Maintenance program are excited that they have a new tool to use," Horning stated. "Especially knowing that they are up to date with current equipment and that when they get out in the world of aviation they are well-prepared due to the equipment they're exposed to and the quality of instruction they receive at SLCC."

One of the most attractive features of SLCC's AMT Program is the emphasis on hands-on learning with current technology. SLCC understands that hands-on training is a key element to what future AMTs will do in their craft as a professional aircraft mechanic. The program's goal is for students to be employable and to excel in their career in the aviation maintenance industry. That is why, especially with the way the aviation industry is moving to more advanced technology, it is crucial for SLCC's program to stay up to date with the most current information and technology.

"It is so vital to allow students to practice what they learn in the classroom. We all take pride in what we do in the world of aviation," acknowledged Horning.

RF System Lab is excited for the future of SLCC's aviation maintenance students and is looking forward to learning how the addition of the VJ-Advance video borescope to their AMT program helped to impact their professional development.

Schools interested in learning more about how the VJ-Advance video borescope can assist their aviation programs can visit the RF System Lab website to learn about the no-cost, no-obligation demo program . For more information about RF System Lab and the articulating VJ-Advance, call one of RF System Lab’s borescope experts at (855) 787-6966.

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