Hamacher Helps Aviation Assembler Course Take Off in North Idaho

The North Idaho College (NIC) Workforce Training Center conducted the first Aviation Assembler Course August 1-12, 2016 at Sandpoint High School. Three PTECH (Pathways To Early Career High School) students earned the Aviation Assembler Skill Stack badges.  Mark Kennaly, James Cope and Alex Miller (pictured at right), completed online coursework followed by 70 hours of

Aviation Assembler Course Graduates Mark Kennaly, James Cope and Alex Miller.

Aviation Assembler Course Graduates Mark Kennaly, James Cope, and Alex Miller.

Hands-On training and employability skills building. They received micro-certificates in aviation manufacturing, are pursuing employment at Quest Aircraft. The students recently graduated from Sandpoint, Clark Fork and Wallace high schools, respectively.

Gene Hamacher of TechHelp and the University of Idaho

Gene Hamacher of TechHelp and the University of Idaho

Manufacturing Specialist, Gene Hamacher, left, of TechHelp and the University of Idaho worked closely with Government Agencies and Industry Partners to create Aviation Assembler Training used to prepare the high school seniors for work in Idaho’s growing aviation industry. Government partners included the North Idaho College (NIC) Workforce Training Center, the NIC Aerospace Center of Excellence, the Idaho Dept of Labor, Sandpoint High School and PTECH in Sandpoint. Industry partners included Quest Aircraft, Aerocet Manufacturing, and Empire Airlines.The training content for this program was developed with substantial input from the industry partners, to assure that it aligned with their needs for new employees.  Additionally, developers aligned the program with Idaho’s Skill Stack Badging criteria to easily replicate the program.

This is just one of the cool examples where private companies and government agencies are working together to build a talent pipeline for manufacturing companies in Northern Idaho.TechHelp Manufacturing Specialist, Gene Hamacher

Gene’s work on this program is a great example of TechHelp’s role in advancing Idaho manufacturing. We are so fortunate to have Manufacturing Specialists such as Gene who bring a wealth of education, skills, and experience to any engagement. Gene started his manufacturing career at Boeing in Spokane as a Senior Production Manager responsible for leading and managing production operations, maintenance, and technical support organizations. In addition to a strong background in the manufacturing industry, Gene’s academic credentials include an MSE Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You can learn more about Gene at www.techhelp.org/gene-hamacher.