The Aviation Workforce: Industry and Labor Perspectives on Training Needs and Challenges

October 24, 2011

Field Hearing

Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, Washington William M. Allen Theater

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security announces a field hearing titled, The Aviation Workforce: Industry and Labor Perspectives on Training Needs and Challenges.  The hearing will examine both local and Federal efforts to foster the development of the aviation workforce.  Key issues to be addressed at the hearing will include: employer and worker needs; efforts to develop and expand educational programs that support aviation and aerospace training; workforce initiatives that establish, prepare, and grow a pipeline of students who are career-ready for scientific, technical, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities; life-long learning strategies; and government efforts to partner with industry to foster innovation and collaboration.

Please note the hearing start time is Pacific Standard Time.

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Witness Panel 1

  • Mr. Tom McCarty

    Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 2001
  • Mr. Mark Sieber

    Plant Manager
    GE Aviation
    Sieber Testimony (87.92 KB)
  • Mr. Randall Julin

    General Manager
    Absolute Aviation Service
    Julin Testimony (219.09 KB)
  • Mr. Jim Bearden

    Administrative Assistant
    Aerospace Machinists Industrial – District Lodge 75, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
    Bearden Testimony (505.37 KB)

Witness Panel 2

  • Dr. James Hermanson

    Chair, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    University of Washington
  • Mr. Michael Greenwood

    Senior Manager
    Aerospace Academic Alignment Team, The Boeing Company
  • Ms. Laura Hopkins

    Executive Director
    Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Ms. Cyndi Schaeffer

    Executive Director
    Edmonds Community College Business and Training Center
  • Mr. Joe Dunlap

    Spokane Community College
    Dunlap Testimony (279.00 KB)
  • Ms. Reba Gilman

    Principal and Chief Executive Office
    Aviation High School
    Gilman Testimony (170.78 KB)