William "Chip" Rose of Jesup, an Aviation Maintenance Technology major at Middle Georgia State University, won gold at the recent SkillsUSA state competition held in Atlanta.
Rose now gets to move on to national competition in Louisville, Ky. Rose is a non-traditional student with experience in a number of different fields, including marine repair and gunsmithing.
Other Middle Georgia State (MGA) students who competed are Christian Campbell of Newnan, who is president of the School of Aviation's maintenance club - the "charlie tangos" - and Dylan Roland of Eastman, who is working on his Airframe and Powerplant certifications and instrument pilot certification.
The state competition tested participants' inspection duties and understanding of aircraft systems theory. The national competition will test electrical troubleshooting, wheel and brake repair and sheet metal repair, among other things. The competition, which lasts about eight hours, will consist of 12 stations that the contestants rotate through.
SkillsUSA is an organization devoted to improving the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability and technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work. The organization, which has 13,000 high school and post-secondary chapters, serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually.
Mike Rowe, host of “Dirty Jobs,” is one of the SkillsUSA program's most visible proponents.
Middle Georgia State is home to Georgia's only public School of Aviation. Programs include flight (airplane and helicopter), air traffic management, aviation maintenance technology (AMT) and aircraft structural technology (AST).
MGA recently received permission from the University System of Georgia to charge students from the border states of Alabama, South Carolina and Florida the same tuition as Georgia residents for aviation programs. The out-of-state tuition waiver, effective fall 2017, supports the School of Aviation's plans to expand throughout Georgia to make flight training more accessible, with Middle Georgia State's Eastman Campus remaining the University's main hub for aviation training.
Photo: Left to right are William Rose, Dylan Roland and Christian Campbell.