Aviation Maintenance Technology students at Wichita Area Technical College have an effective new way to learn the complex interior of a turbo propeller engine. WATC’s National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) offers students a cutaway version of the industry’s popular PT6 design. This learning tool deeply enriches a student’s understanding of the inner workings of an engine.
The relationship and placement of parts inside an engine is difficult to show on paper. WATC’s new cutaway engine allows instructors to show students the complex internal workings of the engine in motion.
“Students love seeing the engine in simulated operation and its depiction of hot and cold sections, said Lance Rudman, aviation maintenance instructor at WATC. “This new learning tool makes it easy to see the path air takes as it flows through the engine. It’s a significant addition to our program.”
First built in 1963 and still in production today, the PT6 is used in more than 100 applications including airplanes, helicopters, as a stationary power producer and even in Formula One race cars. Chances are high that graduates will work on a PT6 at some point during their career. At WATC, students have an opportunity to overhaul a PT6 as part of their turbine engine training.
The PT6 is known for its very high reliability and long life. Some models can operate up to 9000 hours before needing overhauled. The versatility is hard to beat; there are models of the PT6 that range from 580 shaft horse power to over 1900 shaft horse power.
This PT6 cutaway engine is yet another great addition to WATC’s industry-leading AMT program and it further positions NCAT as a world-class training center for aviation students. This 200,000 sq. ft. campus, located at 4004 N. Webb Road in Wichita, KS, offers 22 Aviation degree and certificate programs to prepare students for careers in Aerostructures, Avionics, Composites or as an FAA approved Aviation Maintenance Technician.
WATC is the designer of the National Association of Manufacturer’s Aviation Certificate System.
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