Two years after it began offering courses in aviation, the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) on Wednesday officially launched its Aviation campus at Camden.
According to Curtis Manchoon, UTT’s Chairman, the ongoing construction at the campus will be completed by October and cost around $92 million.
Manchoon told the Trinidad Express “in 2013, we conducted a UTT feasibility study on a needs analysis for training in the aviation industry looking at demand and based on that, we actually went ahead and we launched a certificate in aviation maintenance.
Aviation classes are being conducted at the UTT’s Point Lisas Campus and at the National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL) site in Couva.
The 39,000 square feet campus facility was built on at least 10 acres of land in Camden and will have a main hangar, classrooms, boardrooms and administrative offices. A total of 20 acres of land was given to UTT on which to develop its campus.
On August 7, the Boeing 727 jet, the 9Y-UTT arrived at the campus and will be used for training. The jet was given by FedEx to the Civil Aviation Authority who then donated it to UTT.
Several agencies including Caribbean Airlines, the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority and the National Training Agency (NTA) the National Helicopter Services Limited, the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard and the MIC Institute of Technology partnered to make the campus a reality.
UTT is offering the Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Maintenance and Management this year, along with professional development programmes. Flight training is also expected to be added to the aviation programme.