Ryan Goertzen, Vice President Maintenance Workforce Development, AAR Corp & Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) Immediate Past President
Mr. Goertzen started with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in 2011, holding the positions of vice president of education, president of Spartan’s Tulsa campuses and corporate officer. Goertzen previously spent three years at AAR Corp managing the training and ASAP programs in Oklahoma City. He began his career as a pilot instructor for Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation where he was responsible for Air Wisconsin’s first learning management system and e-learning content used in recurrent pilot training. In 2005 Mr. Goertzen transitioned to the maintenance side of the airline as Air Wisconsin’s Manager of Maintenance Training and ASAP Manager.
Goertzen was ATEC president from 2014-2018. He holds a B.S. in Aviation and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Goertzen is married to the love of his life Jenny and has three sons Jacob, Joshua and Jack.
A New Way to Reduce Redundant Requalification Training on Cross Customer Hardware
With a shortage of skilled aviation maintenance technicians, the aviation industry must work together to develop training programs to qualify their workforce that is relevant, effective, efficient, and retains the highest safety standards for the technician. The Maintenance Training Network, a working group of A4A, is focused on developing industry certified curriculum that can be used by airlines, repair stations, and even colleges and universities. The new certifiable curriculum will allow for transferability, eliminating the need for duplication of training, saving time and money.