April 24, 2020 By Wings Staff
Centennial College and Diamond Aircraft Industries signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on training activities, which may include program development, technical training, student and staff work placements, research, donations of equipment or services in kind, and international engagement.
“As a start, work is underway in creating work co-op, placement and capstone opportunities with Diamond Aircraft for students in select Centennial programs,” said Dr. Rahim Karim, associate VP, partnerships, Pathways and Internationalization at Centennial College. “As well, we are reviewing programming and graduate needs for Diamond to build their talent pipeline.”
With its long history in training Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Centennial’s School of Transportation in January 2019 opened up a $72 million advanced training centre, subsequently renamed the Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation in January 2020. The new facility allows the school to increase its capacity to more than 1,000 students.
“Diamond Aircraft is excited about our collaboration with Centennial College,” said Scott McFadzean, CEO at Diamond Aircraft Industries. “We look forward to working with Centennial on several initiatives and offering co-op and employment opportunities to Centennial students and graduates.”
Headquartered in Austria, Diamond also holds facilities in China and a primary aircraft production and support facility in London, Ontario. Diamond builds a range of piston aircraft models, featuring carbon composite airframes, from the 2-seat single DA20 to the 7-seat DA62, primarily for general aviation and flight training. More than 5,000 Diamond airplanes are flown worldwide.