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Aerospace Academy Grad Working, Earning A&P Cert

Daniel Randolph completed the Warren County Career Center Aerospace Academy and graduated from Lebanon High School in 2016. A year and a half later, he is working and going to school full time, and has a head start on his career in aviation mechanics.

“At first, I wanted to become a pilot, but as I started into the program, I changed my mind and went toward the mechanical side of aviation,” he said. “I didn’t want to be always on the move as a pilot, and away from home a lot. I really enjoy being around airplanes and I like working on them.”

Daniel has been employed by Airborne Express for about five months, and he has full benefits and a good salary that allows him to pay for his education at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. He works at the Cincinnati Airport, known as CVG, doing heavy line maintenance on Boeing 767s. “I am a mechanic helper, and at Cincinnati State I am working on my Airframe and Powerplant certification in order to become a mechanic,” he said. “I do engine changes, tire changes, and troubleshooting electronics in the cockpit. It is something different every day and I love it.”

After he earns his certification and degree, Daniel aspires to work as a mechanic at Airborne and get some experience in the field. “Finishing school is at the top of my list,” he said. “I will be ahead of most other people my age, and in this field the possibilities are endless. I want to work for a commercial airline, move to a warmer climate, and travel the world. With this job, I know I can do that.”

Daniel said he would recommend the program to anyone interested in the field of aviation. “It’s a very nice, off-campus place to learn, and it is very cool being around planes and the airport,” he said of the Aerospace Academy, which is located at the Warren County Airport. “Mr. Miller is one of the best teachers I have ever had. His lessons are very hands-on, and he knows how to get you on the right career path to reach your goals. He really worked with me; he is very knowledgeable and a great guy. I still come back to the airport and visit him. There are a lot of jobs opening up in this industry and a lot of career opportunities in aviation.”

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