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Friday, July 10, 2015

Universal Avionics in Tucson

A Tour for Teachers 

(to preview for kids)

We got to learn about airplane monitors, black boxes, and other tech tools and visit the highly protected assembly line!!

Here's the background info I received before the tour:

Universal Avionics
Universal Avionics is a leading manufacturer of innovative avionics systems for business jets, turboprop aircraft, transport aircraft, helicopters, regional and commercial airliners used by corporate, military and airline operators. The company offers advanced avionics as a retrofit solution for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry.
Universal Avionics also manufactures flight recorder, black boxes. Tour this state-of-the-art, 60,000 square-foot manufacturing plant adjacent to the Corporate Headquarters, Marketing and Product Support facilities. It features the latest in circuit board assembly, final unit assembly and environmental test technologies. Take an inside look at the avionics industry and learn about associated STEM career pathways! 


After being welcomed by two ladies, we were lead to the office of Steve P. the Vice President of Operations.  His office has all kinds of charts and lists that are formatted in the same ways we have students keep track of data and ideas.

Before touring, safety precautions are taken with protective eye wear and static resistant lab coats.
LEFT - Hanah, my 3rd grade teammate
RIGHT - Me...I should have worn pants instead of shorts :) 

Since all of the technology is top secret pictures on the line are not allowed.  Here is an overview of the assembly line with crazy high-tech machines that are programmed and maintained by the men and women on the line.

An example on the wall used for tours so you can see what they are making.

After the tour...some accolades and brochures

The longer you stay employed here the better the prize!

A brochure for one of their many products.

Before leaving I had to take a picture of this very unique mobile made from parts found on the assembly line.  It is also very expensive due to the materials and technology pieces.

THANKS for the tour!  I hope to bring some kids during the school year!!

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