As program chair, Garcia will oversee the school’s largest program, where he will examine the departmental offerings and curriculum. He will also mentor and supervise A&P faculty to ensure the standards for educational excellence are met, so that students continue to receive the high-quality education that employers, such as Lockheed Martin, Embraer and Skywest Airlines, look for when hiring Redstone graduates.
“As an instructor and graduate of Redstone in 1998, Ray is part of the Redstone family. He brings deep aviation experience and proven leadership skills to the role. His education, combined with his rich experience, gives us the ultimate confidence in Ray to ensure that the program continues to provide one of the strongest A&P educations across the country,” said Glenn Wilson, Redstone College campus president.
Garcia previously served as an instructor at Redstone. Prior to that, he worked at the Sierra Nevada Corporation as an aircraft mechanic and structural tech lead, where he was responsible for identifying top airframe and systems talent to work on heavy structural maintenance and alterations. In 2007, Garcia won the Sierra Nevada Star Team award. Garcia has also worked at top aviation companies like Cessna, Bombardier Aerospace and Haggan Aviation. In addition to his civilian experience, Garcia served in the Air Force, where he was responsible for inspection, maintenance, electrical and mechanical troubleshooting of F-16 and B-52 aircraft armament systems.