The San Jacinto College EDGE Center offers aerospace training and a pathway to careers in the aerospace industry under instructors who work at the top of their fields.
“We are partnering with companies like Intuitive Machines to offer our students the very best, up-to-date knowledge about the aerospace industry,” said Janis Fowler, director of the College’s aerospace education and workforce department. “Students will have the opportunity to work on projects side by side with professionals who are working on NASA-level projects, including the lunar lander.”
Steve Altemus, president of Intuitive Machines, looks forward to making space available to the next generation.
“We’re creating training programs to develop the workforce we need right here in Houston,” Altemus said. “We want to make sure there is a workforce to choose from that is trained and skilled.” The certificate-based programs are open to all who are interested, whether they are recent high school graduates or have spent decades in the workforce, Fowler said.
Located at the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport, the 10th commercial spaceport license in the U.S. awarded by the FAA, the EDGE Center offers a required technical core class and programs in composite manufacturing technician, aerospace electrical technician, aerospace mechanical technician, aerospace quality technician, mechatronics and industrial automation technician, and manufacturing technician. Students at the EDGE Center will join a significant and growing workforce in the Houston area.
The EDGE Center is just in its beginning phases, but big things will start as early as spring 2020.
To learn more about the EDGE Center, visit www.sanjac.edu/edge-center.