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Tulsa Tech Offers SpaceTEC Certification


NEW EDGE: Students have the opportunity to dive into aerospace education at Tulsa Tech.

Courtesy Tulsa Tech

Tulsa Tech is one of just a few distinguished learning institutions in the nation to offer the SpaceTEC Aerospace Technician certification for students who are interested in working in aerospace-related careers and the U.S. space industry.

SpaceTEC is the National Science Foundation’s National Resource Center for Aerospace Technical Education. The center promotes, educates and certifies aerospace technicians through a nation-wide consortium of community and technical colleges, universities, business and industry organizations and government agencies.

The schools currently active in the SpaceTEC consortium represent a cross section of leading national institutions including, Brevard Community College (Florida), Calhoun Community College (Alabama), Community College of the Air Force (Alabama), Doña Ana Community College (New Mexico), Edmonds Community College (Washington), Thomas Nelson Community College (Virginia), and Tulsa Tech (Oklahoma).

Shea Ferrell, instructional dean of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Tulsa Tech, says the SpaceTEC certification is above and beyond the standard FAA Airframe and Powerplant license, and provides additional opportunities for students who are competing for rewarding jobs and attempting to launch a new career.
“The aerospace industries located in Texas, Alabama and Florida all require the SpaceTEC certification,” Ferrell says. “And several companies in our area, like Spirit Aviation and NORDAM, also require these extra credentials.”

Students who have already completed aviation maintenance training and received their FAA Airframe and Powerplant license are eligible to take the additional SpaceTEC Core certification exam.

“Passing the three-part exam, which includes written, oral and practical components, allows students to receive their Certified Aerospace Technician (CAT) credentials,” Ferrell explains. “These professional certifications are nationally recognized with NASA and the other organizations within the space industry.”

Other schools in Oklahoma offer aviation and aerospace training, but Tulsa Tech is the only institution which offers these significant SpaceTEC certifications. This supplementary training provides students with more options for immediate employment, and it may be transferred as college credit toward two associate degrees offered by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide.

Terry Sampson, an aviation maintenance technology instructor at Tulsa Tech, who specializes in the study of composite materials and teaches classes to help train certified SpaceTEC examiners, feels that everything is geared for success within the program.

“We have the best facilities with the latest equipment,” Sampson says. “And we’re proud to say that every one of our students who has taken the SpaceTEC certification exam has passed.”

In addition to the SpaceTEC Certified Aerospace Technician credentials, Tulsa Tech offers the additional industry certifications in Aircraft Electronic Technician (AET), Aircraft Mechanic License (FAA), and the Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate.

If you’re currently looking for exciting classes for high school and adult students, quality business and industry training, or exploring a new career, Tulsa Tech invites you to visit today. For more information, please call 918-828-5200 or visit us online at

Updated 02-27-2012

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