Boost for budding engineers
Mangalore helicopter operator Kestrel Aviation gave five high school students a hands-on introduction to a career in helicopter engineering on Saturday, October 8.
The day was part of a national program aimed at boosting engineer numbers across the helicopter industry.
Under its recently established Helicopter Industry Future Foundation, the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) hosted 12 helicopter engineering workshops across the country in October.
Australian Helicopter Industry Association president Ray Cronin said the program gave students a hands-on project in a helicopter maintenance workshop, working with experienced helicopter engineers.
“There is no better way for young people to experience an industry and see if this is a career that appeals,” Mr Cronin said.
“Helicopter engineers are highly skilled professionals, with excellent opportunities for career advancement and travel.
“They are vital to all helicopter operations in support of Australia’s economy and public safety, including aerial firefighting, emergency medical services, search and rescue, agriculture, mining and energy.
“Australian helicopter operators and maintenance companies are recognised as world leaders in helicopter operations and support, particularly in application of new technologies in critical roles such as aerial firefighting and aeromedical services.”