FAA Accreditation Allows Department to Soar

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Computer & Electronic Engineering
Technology Department (CEET) is soaring to new heights, thanks to a new partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

WSU’s CEET department has been accredited to offer the FAA’s Airway Facilities Collegiate Training Initiative (AF-CTI) program.

Bill Clapp, chairman of the CEET department says the new status will increase internship opportunities for WSU students and allow the FAA to directly hire WSU computer and electronics engineering graduates.

In Salt Lake City, the FAA employs more than 700 people, including electronics specialists who maintain, troubleshoot, and repair ground-based radar, navigational aids, automation, communication and environmental systems at airports and other air traffic control facilities throughout Montana, Idaho, Utah, and much of Wyoming.

 “The FAA will benefit from the partnership with Weber State by having an
excellent recruiting source for electronics specialists vacancies,” said Laurie Ledeman, resource management branch manager for the FAA’s Airway Facilities Division, Northwest Mountain Region.

That new source may be tapped quickly. Ledeman says that of 235 electronics specialists working for the FAA in Salt Lake City, approximately 30 percent will be eligible for retirement in the next 18 months. And she expects that number will grow in coming years.

Ledeman said the FAA pursued the partnership with WSU because of the university’s reputation for having a strong electronics engineering and computer engineering technology program.

The FAA’s assessment of the CEET department found its curriculum exceeded AF-CTI accreditation requirements. The assessment team was impressed by the quality and dedication of the CEET faculty, the laboratory facilities, and class size, as well as the extensive support services WSU provided.

 WSU becomes the fifth four-year institution to receive AF-CTI accreditation and the first west of the Mississippi River. The letter of understanding between WSU and the FAA was signed during a formal ceremony held on the Ogden campus this morning. FAA representatives and members of WSU’s faculty and administration were joined by students enrolled in the CEET program.
William Clapp, computer & electronics engineering technology program chairman
(801) 626-7097 · wclapp@weber.edu

Laurie Ledeman, FAA manager of the resource management branch Airway Facilities Division, Northwest Mountain Region
(425) 227-2497
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu