GCC provides drafting course for U.S. Air Force

by Jayne Flores
Guam Community College

Guam Community College has answered the call from Andersen Air Force Base’s 554th Red Horse Construction Battalion and Engineering Flight 36 CES/CEN section to teach AutoCAD and surveying to nearly two dozen of their members.

“They reached out to us because we use the MASTERSuite Computer Drafting programs, which are the industry standard,” according to Gil Yanger, GCC Construction Trades Department chair. “We’ve created a course of study that is pertinent to their work and that will help them advance professionally,” Yanger said of the partnership between GCC and AAFB.

The AutoCAD course is being taught on Saturdays (and on one Sunday) to accommodate the work schedules of the 20 participants, and includes 48 contact hours (three more than the normal 45 contact hour course). The surveying course will follow, according to Yanger. He noted that the courses are part of GCC’s associate degree programs in Pre-Architectural Drafting and Civil Engineering Technology.

“There will also be components of construction management added once their schedules are defined,” Yanger said. The students will be issued certificates for each section completed, and the credits the students earn are transferrable to other institutions, noted Yanger.

“They already do the CAD work, so this course is enhancing and updating their current skills,” said John Zilian, GCC Pre-Architectural Drafting program CAD instructor.

Zilian is also using the opportunity to introduce off-island students in the class to the Chamorro culture. He obtained blueprints of historical sites from the Guam Preservation Trust Office, and assigned his class to study the blueprints. “Then I told them to take their families to the actual sites around the island, and explore them,” he said.

"The engineering technicians at Andersen Air Force Base are very fortunate to have programs such as this that will help expand our breadth of experience. These types of courses will help ensure we have a solid foundation, help our team increase their capabilities, and improve the services that we provide

to our customers, said MSgt. A. Gretchen Parsons, Superintendent, Engineering Flight 36 CES/CEN.

Businesses or other entities interested in setting up specific construction-related classes at GCC can contact Gil Yanger, Chair, GCC Construction Trades Department, at 735-5601, or email gil.yanger@guamcc.edu.

Suggested photo caption: Jessie Singleton, Sr. Airman (standing) and TSGT Cris Ocampo work on using the components of the MASTERSuite Computer Drafting program during their Pre-Architectural Drafting class at Guam Community College on Sept. 16. The two are among 20 people from Andersen Air Force Base’s 554th Red Horse Construction Battalion and Engineering Flight 36 CES/CEN section learning AutoCAD and surveying skills in classes specially set up for them by GCC.

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