PZL-Świdnik and the Polish Air Force Academy sign a cooperation agreement launching a combined aerospace engineering study programme
- The Polish Air Force Academy is the first military University in Poland to launch engineering studies where students will be able to combine education with a career
- Under the agreement, students in the field of Aeronautics and Aerospace faculty majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Avionics will undergo paid on-the-job training in PZL-Świdnik. Approximately 1880 hours of training will be delivered to each student
- Cooperation of PZL-Świdnik with the Polish Air Force Academy is part of the sustainable development strategy of Leonardo
- By strengthening the position of Polish technical universities and transferring the know-how related to modern aviation technologies, Leonardo confirms its commitment to develop the next generation of engineers.
PZL-Świdnik, the industrial pillar of Leonardo’s helicopter industrial operations in Poland and the main employer in the Polish aviation sector, and the Polish Air Force Academy in Dęblin, have signed on 2nd April in Swidnik a cooperation agreement to launch in the 2019/2020 academic year a combined study programme in the field of Aeronautics and Aerospace at the Aeronautics Faculty of the Polish Air Force Academy. During the agreement signing ceremony, the Academy was represented by the Rector – Commandant Brigadier General Pilot Piotr Krawczyk Sc.D., while PZL-Świdnik was represented by Beata Stelmach, President of the Board and Antonio Di Gennaro, Board Member.
The Polish Air Force Academy (LAW) and PZL-Świdnik cooperation initiative is aimed aligning the teaching academic programmes with the labour market needs by increasing the number of on-the-job training opportunities with PART-145 certificate (certificate of maintenance organization) aviation companies. The internship programmes will be developed jointly with PZL-Świdnik. The combined study programme provides enormous prospects for educational development. They combine learning and practical experience, to prepare the student throughout their studies for their professional career. The studies are designed to enable acquisition of maintenance licenses at B1 or B2 level – an aircraft mechanic or aircraft avionics technician – and to obtain their first job in the aerospace sector.
The first degree combine study programme in the field of Aeronautics and Aerospace with a major in Aerospace Engineering and Avionics will last seven terms and will end in an engineering exam. During their studies students will attend classes at the Polish Air Force Academy for six months each year and will undertake paid on-the-job training in PZL-Świdnik for at least three months.
The knowledge and professional experience gained during the combined study programme will meet the requirements of the European aviation institution, EASA, which defines the qualifications and rules governing the acquisition of licenses by technical maintenance staff, ensuring the safe operation of aircraft. During the combined study programme, students will have the opportunity to acquire on the basis of the "Knowledge recognition report" a credit for PART-66 license (aircraft maintenance license) for the modules covered with the teaching curriculum or to take exams in the scope not covered within the modules. A graduate of combined study programme will gain the skill to operate aerospace systems and equipment, to work in a team, to analyse results of research and observation and to formulate opinions. A student will be trained to work on their own performing aviation engineering and aircraft maintenance tasks. They will also obtain the skill to apply modern technologies in industry and practical skills of maintaining aircraft, confirmed with an entry in their aviation mechanics book.
The Polish Air Force Academy is another Polish University along with the Lublin Technical University, Rzeszów Technical University, Warsaw Technical University and the Military Technical University in Warsaw, Cracow University of Technology and the Maria Curie – Skłodowska University, which PZL-Świdnik has been cooperating with for many years, using its capabilities, knowledge and experience to develop aerospace engineering excellence. The company also organises training programmes as part of its cooperation with the District Center for Vocational Education in Świdnik and actively participates in job fairs organized at universities regionally and nationally.
The cooperation of PZL-Świdnik with the Polish Air Force Academy for the combined study programme is part of the sustainable development strategy of Leonardo, aligned with several remarkable initiatives already in place in its other two European home markets, Italy and the UK. By building strong links with Polish technical universities and transferring the know-how related to modern aviation technologies, Leonardo confirms its commitment to develop the next generation of engineers and technicians and to create qualified work opportunities, thus contributing to the 4th and 8th Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Another example of collaboration of PZL-Świdnik with partners from research, industrial and local government centres for the benefit of developing and promoting modern technologies and innovative aviation solutions is with the Lublin Cluster of Advanced Aerospace Technologies. This was established many years ago by the company with the City Office of Lublin and the Marshall’s Office of the Lublin Voivodeship.
The combined study programme with the LAW will be launched with co-financing from an EU project named “Preparation of specialist aerospace engineering and avionics students for starting work in the aerospace sector„ (Project No. POWR.03.01.00-00-DU10/18-00).
Dodatkowych informacji udzielają:
|Polish Air Force Academy||PZL-Świdnik|
|Anna Borysewicz |
Phone.: 261 519 664
|Martyna Nowakowska |
Phone.: 81 722 65 00
Świdnik 04/04/2019 11:15