Students train on turbofan engine used in most commercial craft
Learning how to work on airplane engines is serious business for students in MTSU’s Maintenance Management program. The task became significantly easier when Southwest Airlines donated a turbofan engine just like the ones “which rule the skies today with regard to commercial transportation,” said Bill Allen, associate professor and coordinator of the program, when the generous gift was announced. CFM International makes the engines that weigh about 4,300 pounds and have a thrust range of 18,500 to 34,000 pounds of force. Since the engines were introduced in 1974, more than 30,000 have been produced. Allen said that this was a welcome addition to the training center at Murfreesboro Airport because “We don’t have any engines with these types of systems, advanced as they are.” He is grateful to Southwest and to alumnus Chad Rhyne, who works at the airline and made the initial contact to see if MTSU would be interested. Students in the program are more than interested—they’re excited because it will help them in the job market. “This is real-world experience right here,” senior Jeremy Lacy says.