Isaiah Arizmendi is
about to reach new heights with an associate degree from Texas State Technical
College and a new career at World Atlantic Airlines.
graduated in December 2017 and December 2018 with an associate degree in
Aircraft Airframe Technology and Aircraft Powerplant Technology, respectively.
“Aviation is in his
blood,” said TSTC Aviation Maintenance instructor Leo Guajardo. “Arizmendi has
a quiet confidence and I have seen him grow into a well-rounded student and
For the Rio Hondo
native, his journey took flight at TSTC while a junior at Rio Hondo High School
and a dual enrollment student.
And with an uncle and
cousin in the field, a passion for aviation and working with his hands, as well
as, a recommendation from his high school counselor, Arizmendi knew aviation
maintenance at TSTC was the path he was supposed to follow.
“Never did I imagine I
would have a career at 20,” said Arizmendi. “It’s because of dual enrollment
and TSTC that I was able to get ahead.”
Arizmendi was bussed to
TSTC every day, even with a broken collar bone from a sport injury, until he
graduated from high school in 2016.
He said he left high
school with confidence and peace of mind because he knew he was off to finish
what he started.
“I had already come this
far, so I planned on earning my degree,” he said. “And unlike many students in
a senior class, I graduated with ease because I knew where I was going and what
I was going to do.”
He said the training he
received at TSTC fully prepared him to obtain his Federal Aviation
Administration airframe and powerplant licenses, both required to work in the
The exams for the
licenses are a three-part tests that includes written, oral and application.
Arizmendi said he went
into the testing room with assurance and fully prepared thanks to his
“All of my instructors
were great and they made my TSTC experience a positive one,” said Arizmendi. “They’re
so full of knowledge and ready to help. They kept me moving forward. Really,
they keep all of their students going.”
Going and going, until
they snag a position like Arizmendi’s at World Atlantic Airlines in
Brownsville, or other aviation facilities across the Rio Grande Valley and
Arizmendi said he is
looking forward to his new-found career as a flight mechanic, meaning he will
be accompanying the pilots in the planes he repairs and maintains.
In about one week, he
will have the opportunity travel the United States and abroad with this
“I’m looking forward to
having the opportunity to travel and see new places,” he said. “But with this
position comes great responsibility and I’m ready to tackle what comes my way.”
Included with the
benefits of travel, he will also receive a full benefits package and
“There is no doubt that
Arizmendi will achieve in this position,” said Guajardo. “I’m so proud of the
aviation professional he has become and my wish for him is that he continues
A wish Guajardo has for
all of his students in an industry where the demand for aviation mechanics is
increasing at a fast rate.
According to a Boeing
pilot and technician outlook report, more than 754,000 new maintenance
technicians will be needed to maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years.
“The demand in our field
isn’t spoken about a lot. It’s often overlooked,” said Guajardo. “It’s a
demanding career, but a rewarding one. Just ask any of our graduates; that
number is also increasing.”
As for Arizmendi, he
said he recommends the airframe and powerplant programs to anyone with an
interest in aviation, and TSTC in general.
“TSTC changed my life
drastically,” said Arizmendi. “They connect people to opportunities and provide
the resources necessary for success.”
Aircraft Airframe and
Powerplant Technology is also offered at TSTC’s Abilene and Waco campuses, with
a certificate and associate degree track.
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