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Zorn, Wyatt

Wyatt Zorn
Acalanes Class of 2005
San Jose State, Aviation Maintenance Management Degree and License, Engineering Analyst for Boeing Corporation

Wyatt had fun in high school and enjoyed his time at Acalanes. His grades were A’s and B’s and his favorite class was auto shop. Additionally, he played left guard on the school’s football team. He assumed he would go to college and then into a career and then “do what they always tell you.” 

Wyatt was happy to be accepted to San Jose State University and chose his major by looking through their catalogue, after his acceptance. There he found one that really caught his eye—a B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Management. Thinking about how much he loved auto shop and working on cars, he thought it would be that much better to work on airplanes. 

Wyatt believes his decision to attend SJSU and major in Aviation Maintenance Management was the best one he ever made. He had found a course of study that emphasized his true interests. Also, because the degree required him to obtain an Airframe and Power plant license (a two year intensive process), it prepared him for a real world career. So, when Wyatt graduated from SJSU, he had a readily marketable skill set and all the certification he needed to go into a career in aviation maintenance.  

Within two months of graduating, Wyatt was hired by Boeing Corporation to work as a structures mechanic on their 787 jet fleet in San Antonio Texas. After about a year, he was transferred to Boeing’s Seattle location. Today, he works for Boeing as an “engineering analyst” on their 777x program, helping to develop a new model of plane to be released in the future. He loves his work and his life in Seattle. These days, any free time he has is devoted to spending time with his 10-month-old son “Max.”

Wyatt’s advice to Acalanes students? Don’t be afraid to get into a trade. Tradespeople are in very high demand these days and the pay can be quite good. He would like students to realize that developing a specific marketable skill set or trade should not be frowned upon. He is proof positive that this can be a great road to success and fulfillment.