Delta Air Lines TechOps Partners with CGTC’s Aviation Maintenance Program in Pursuit of College’s Premier Talent

July 20, 2018

Warner Robins, Ga. – Delta Air Lines TechOps now has preferred access to highly-skilled mechanics from Central Georgia Technical College’s (CGTC) Aviation Maintenance Technology program (AMT), as a recently developed partnership saw the College selected as a preferred training institution for airframe and power plant technicians. The College is one of 47 institutions nationwide to be selected.

“Partnering with Delta TechOps will drive the seriousness of the industry in our program,” said Daniel Whitehead, program chair of Aviation Maintenance. “For our students, this means awareness in our daily operations, getting a plane out on time and completing repairs in a safe and standardized manner, are more than just curriculum but what Delta would be looking for in a hire.”

Delta Air Lines TechOps became involved with CGTC and other partner institutions to prepare and support its training professionals in curriculum development and increasing knowledge and ability of students for an easier transition into careers with the company. In turn, the College continues to prepare its students with practice and training and will identify top-performing students from Delta-established criteria.

While the partnership does not guarantee employment with Delta, students have greater chances by participating in a partner school’s curriculum. Whitehead said this partnership gives students access to career opportunities unlike before but is also unique to the culture and company standard of a global leader for aviation.

“Applications, certifications, and testing are of course still requirements, but if someone does come through our program or one of the partner schools, he or she will increase his or her chances of getting hired,” Whitehead said.

Whitehead added that among the most intriguing components are the exposure and donations of equipment they could see because of the partnership.
Per the stipulations of the partnership agreement between Delta TechOps and CGTC, future donations could include spare, scrap or unserviceable parts and equipment for student training.

As early as the end of the 2018 summer semester, the College’s elite aviation maintenance talent who have fulfilled contact hour and certification requirements can begin to apply for positions with the major international air carrier of passengers and cargo. Students in the certificate, diploma and degree program tracks, and who meet Delta’s criteria for employment, are eligible to apply.

The initial term of the partnership is for two-years, with potential for more.

The College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program celebrated its 20th Anniversary in March of 2018, and Whitehead said he hopes to see the benefits of this partnership continuing to develop for students long-term.

For more information about the Aviation Maintenance Technology program, contact Daniel Whitehead at or 478-218-3339

Additional details about the Delta TechOps partnership can be found at CGTC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program is certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under 14 C.F.R. § Part 147 as an Aviation Maintenance Technician School (AMTS).