Local students learned about aviation and manufacturing careers Tuesday by touring the Roswell facilities of AerSale and its related operation, AerSafe.
About 80 students from University High School and the Early College High School toured a maintenance hangar to observe work occurring on a United Airlines aircraft and then went outside to the tarmac where an Airbus airplane was parked.
They also toured the AerSafe facility, where parts and kits are manufactured to enhance aircraft safety.
During the tours, students, some of whom have never flown, were able to board an aircraft and see the inside of a cockpit.
Jordan Creel, chief inspector for AerSale, which has its headquarters in Florida, shared with students the career potential in the aviation maintenance and repair field, which has a lack of skilled workers. The company works with local public schools and Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell on training opportunities.
The event was part of Manufacturing Day activities, with public and school events occurring the entire month of October and organized by the nonprofit New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The AerSale tour was the last of about 30 events that took place throughout the state.
Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh proclaimed October 2019 Manufacturing Month, and the National Institute for Science and Technology declared Oct. 4 as National Manufacturing Day.