18 years ago when I went to Centennial College in Scarborough, the AMT course was 52 weeks, and cost me $1000.00 (no U.I. or manpower grants) for the whole course. We started with 120 students and graduated a class of 80. Simple math dictates that, with an average 100 students each paying the G note, comes out to $100,000.00 gross income. This paltry sum would not even cover two salaries for an estimated 8 instructors for the same course. Then there is the consumable materials provided to the students for required sheet metal and avionic shop projects. As well as the gas burned during third semester engine runs on the Beech 18 and Bell 206 birds. The shortfall is courtesy of the Government (Prov./Federal split unknown) subsidies that allow this type of education to be affordable. To adjust for inflation, this course would cost $1710.00 today (no, I do not have current amount as Cent. Coll. website does not have fees listed. Anyone care to share the current info?) versus an FAA full A&P course from these guys: http://www.nationalaviationacademy.c...viation_Maintenance_Curriculum.asp
comes in at $24,500.00US for their 14 month course. This I got from someone on the phone as of 1400hrs today. I will acknowledge that to compare apples to oranges is not fair as with the A&P course you walk out with a licence, and probably at a better equipped facility. It does give an idea at the cost to run such a course. Is this all a stretch? In my opinion, not as much as some would believe.
It appears that my main point is the outsourcing of the heavy maintenance industry is shameful. If every large industry left in Canada or The U.S. for that matter, are allowed to leave because they can then there would be no place for middle class 'Joe Lunchpails' to get up every morning and go to work. If this were an elite CEO's only society where all would benefit, then great. It is not. We as a people have to understand that there are some jobs that should stay here. Am I ranting? Goddamn right I'm ranting. As cliche as it is, I worry about my kid's future. Those 867 lost jobs do not affect me, but it will affect my sons, should they get into Aircraft. I'm not going to rain on their parade, if they want to go this route, I will not discourage them. They may realize it is not for them on their own. My dad, after 30 of bricklaying, did not need to convince me with his classic "You get into construction, and I'll break your legs" motivational speech. I figured it on my own.
P.S. Bricklaying is an admirable career, but it was not for me. So, no offence to any brickies out there.