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March 29

March 29, 2019


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, mobile

MCC class to train students by building an airplane

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College has announced the new Sheet Metal Training Program, a noncredit offering that will give students the opportunity to further their trade skills by working collaboratively in constructing an small airplane. The class will run April 15-May 17, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-noon inside the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology on the College’s Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway.

Students will construct the airplane utilizing MCC’s Prototype Design Lab, a 12,000 square foot space filled with lathes, machine tools and more modern manufacturing equipment designed to train students for today’s high demand jobs.


“The course focuses on engaging students who are interested in the sheet metal trade by having them build a real aircraft,” said Sam Dickson, project manager in MCC’s Workforce Innovation Division.


Students will learn the basics in sheet metal to include: riveting, bending, shaping, blueprint reading, LEAN practices and quality assurance. Additionally, as part of the program, students will receive career coaching on improving their soft-skills. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with a local sheet metal union, giving them a career opportunity. The airplane that students will build is a Van’s Aircraft RV-12iS, a two-seat all-metal side-by-side airplane with a large cabin.


GAP funding is available to those who qualify. To register or for more information, call 531-MCC-2400 or email



Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.