by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: PCC - Seth Hansen (right), Hillsboro Aviations director of maintenance, welcomes the R-22s pilot to the Rock Creek Campus for the Aviation Maintenance Technologys Career Day as students look on in the background.A Hillsboro Aviation Robinson R-22 helicopter dropped by the Aviation Maintenance Technology’s Career Day on Oct. 9 at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus.

The Career Day was for students in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program to get a flavor of the jobs that are available in the industry. Activities included job interview techniques, resume building and writing and presentations by participating aviation companies.

Also on hand at the Career Day was Boeing Portland — a local manufacturing branch of the aerospace giant, Boeing Airplane Company, which facilitated paid internships of four PCC students for a five-week period last summer; and Columbia Helicopters of Aurora, which represents heavy-lift helicopter operators in Oregon.

The Aviation Maintenance Technology and Aviation Science programs at the Rock Creek campus are both certified by the FAA. Together they operate a modern 30,000-square-foot, two-hanger complex that contains 15 aircraft, including five helicopters. As part of the learning process, the programs collaborate with Hillsboro Aviation, which is involved with aircraft flight training and maintenance program graduate hiring.

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