Nov. 3, 2016
On October 7, 2016, the Roosevelt Technology Program took 16 high schools students on a field trip to Aviation Technical Services Inc. in Everett, Washington. The event was celebrating Manufacturing Day 2016 and made possible by SME's Seattle Chapter 39. The highlight of the tour was a visit inside a gutted 737 in the process of a major overhaul.
“Seeing what is on the other side of the interior panels in a commercial jetliner is something students never get to see. It is a wonderful opportunity,” said Karl Ruff, the technology teacher at Roosevelt and a former Boeing employee.
Angela Hasenbalg, the tour guide and lead engineer in design and manufacturing at ATS, was encouraged by the high quality of questions from the students. Several of the students are studying aeronautical engineering using the Project Lead The Way curriculum at Roosevelt High School.
The Career and Technical Education Department at the Seattle Public Schools partners with several local businesses to make education more relevant to the students. ATS had not hosted a tour for students before, but is now considering making it an annual event.