June 8, 2009
SCC's Electronic Systems Technology Program Recertified By
Southeast Community College's Electronic Systems Technology
program was recertified after a site visit in late April, according
to John Pierce, program chair.
Tom Wood of Crown Consulting, Inc., visited the program on the
Lincoln Campus and recertified it on behalf of the Federal Aviation
"Obviously, we are very proud to have earned this certification
again and hope many of our students will take advantage of the many
opportunities that await them," Pierce said. "The FAA currently has
numerous technical positions available throughout their
territories. The average salary for an electronic technician
working for the FAA is $33,700 to $61,100."
Crown Consulting of Redondo Beach, Calif., is the sole
contractor with FAA to certify technical programs at educational
institutions. The visit included detailed analyses of all the
electronics labs and each course syllabus, lab projects, quizzes,
tests and other pertinent details relative to the EST degree
program. Certification was received May 7, 2009.
The College also offers the program at its Milford Campus.
The FAA is responsible for the installation and maintenance of
electronic systems utilized for air traffic control and safety
within the continental United States and many possessions abroad.
Technology utilized by the FAA and maintained by its technical
staff includes, but is not limited to, automation, communications,
surveillance radar, weather radar, navigation and landing systems,
and environmental and power systems.
Pierce said Wood's visit revealed that SCC's EST program exceeds
the FAA's expectations and requirements for the FAA Technical
Operations Collegiate Training Initiative Program and validates
existing partner agreements.
Upon departure, Pierce asked Wood to describe the quality of
SCC's program in three words. He chose "I would enroll," followed
by "FAA repair facility" to describe his study of the College's EST
"He said that few schools he visits all over the world match the
depth and attention to quality that SCC's EST program provides on a
regular basis to our students," Pierce said.
Certification with the FAA means that SCC graduates can
participate in internship programs with the FAA wherever they are
available within the jurisdiction of the FAA. The internship
program, when offered, is an opportunity for SCC students to work
part-time with a local FAA branch office and, if an opening for a
full-time employee is available at graduation, the student may be
hired full-time. SCC graduates may also add the certification to
their resumes and will likely be top candidates for any FAA
technical operations job nationwide due to graduating from an
SCC has the only FAA-certified electronics program in Nebraska
and is one of only 12 in the Midwest.