New Aeronautics Program Opens in EcatepecBy Sofía Hanna | Wed, 01/27/2021 - 09:56
The Mexican aerospace industry has been persistent in developing academic programs further to address the needs of companies. The latest accomplishment in professional aeronautics training is the inauguration of the advanced engineering training center at Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Ecatepec (TESE). According to the institutions’ official release, the training center will launch a program focused on aeronautics, which will consolidate professional training and strengthen the link between the academic and productive sectors.
The inauguration was led by Alfredo Del Mazo Maza, Governor of the State of Mexico on Jan. 22. During the event, Del Mazo mentioned that this project represents a MX$52 million (US$ 2.6 million) investment, which will benefit over 1,400 students and the aerospace industry, according to Amércia Vuela.
New laboratories, virtual reality systems, an aerospace engineering and aerodynamics laboratory, aircraft painting equipment, a prototype workshop and an area for aircraft maneuvering will allow students to develop their capabilities. Ángel Hernández Estrada was named the Head of the Academic Division of the Aeronautics Engineering Program at TESE.
According to previous MBN articles, Mexico has grown as an aerospace hub, with its main centers in Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Queretaro and Nuevo Leon. During the pandemic, operations had to stop but they have restarted with companies forming alliances to be more competitive in terms of talent and infrastructure. "By strengthening educational quality and relevance in favor of a new professional profile, young people can be inserted into the productive sector," said Raúl Silva Perezchica, Director General of the Aguascalientes Education Institute, to LJA.
During a previous MBN interview, Major General Rodolfo Rodríguez Quezada, President of FAMEX, highlighted how the Mexican aerospace industry can be strengthened. "FAMEX provides essential support to the aerospace industry by giving the sector a meeting space for all companies, aeroclusters, embassies and representatives from over 40 different countries."
According to Quezada, there is also space to grow by capitalizing on the trade issues the US is having with China and the EU. Effort are being made to capitalize on opportunities in this sector but more talent is needed.