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Hutchison Institute of Technology

3750 Geist Road

Hutchinson Institute of Technology

Photo by JR Ancheta, UAF University Relations

The Hutchison Institute of Technology opened in fall 2004 as a partnership between the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and UAF's Community and Technical College. Classroom and lab space at “Hutch” for CTC associate degree and certificate programs includes areas for culinary arts, drafting technology, process technology and maintenance technology with emphasis areas in aviation and diesel/heavy equipment. A new multi-purpose shop for process technology was added during the renovation. The school district opened Hutchison High School as a stand-alone school with a vocational focus.     

The building is named for James T. Hutchison, who was a master craftsman and worked as an aircraft mechanic for 40 years. Hutchison was recognized in 1972 as the Federal Aviation Administration’s Mechanic of the Year. He originally came to Alaska with the U.S. Army. In 1929, he began his aircraft maintenance and repair career by working for Carl Ben Eielson’s Alaska Airways, where he learned how to work on a variety of aircraft and earned a reputation for meticulous work, often forging new parts or adapting replacements.

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