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AIM Apprenticeship Programs

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016

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Training Tomorrow’s Aircraft Mechanics

A Growing Need for Aircraft Maintenance Training

According to the 2016 Boeing Current Market Outlook, the aviation industry will need 679,000 new aviation maintenance technicians as it continues toward the year 2035. There are currently not enough technicians to meet this need, creating a skills gap for the industry. So let’s stop for a moment and ask ourselves “What are we doing about this?”

Training Aircraft Mechanics with Apprentice Programs

What if a proactive approach, such as an apprenticeship program, was taken to allow students a first-hand opportunity to learn a new aspect of the field in which they work? This would provide vital experience for future aviation mechanics, while helping the facilities keep up with their work loads. The Aviation Institute of Maintenance believes in this approach and is prepared to give its students the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.

An example of such an opportunity is the apprenticeship program between Aviation Institute of Maintenance and a fully-operational WWI and WWII aircraft restoration facility called The Fighter Factory, located at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, VA. This program was recently featured in Aviation Maintenance Technology’s monthly magazine. The Fighter Factory’s apprenticeship program gives select students a real hands-on understanding of building, restoring and maintaining these historic and iconic aircraft.  The Fighter Factory has realized that to keep these warbirds in flying condition it needs skilled aircraft mechanics to service and maintain them to meet FAA standards.  This apprenticeship program gives students a forum to put their knowledge to the ultimate test.

This is what the aviation maintenance industry needs; more hands-on training which would lead to more qualified aircraft technicians to meet a growing industry’s demand.

Big Name Employers Visit AIM

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016

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United Airlines Visits AIM Orlando

We have been visited recently by a lot of large companies in the aviation industry. Some of which include United, Delta, PSA Airlines, Express Jet and many more! Not only do these companies actively look for potential students for internships, they also see our grads as “premium” candidates for upcoming careers in the industry.

On Thursday, May 26, 2016, Mr. Dave Shotsberger, The Southeast Regional manager of Technical Operations with United Airlines was at AIM Orlando to speak with all current students (Day & Evening), and graduates. Mr. Shotsberger talked to the students about what United, a premium employer, expects when recruiting for their A & P technicians. Subjects such as the importance of good attendance (no deficiencies), the attainment of the A & P certification, exceptional grades and enthusiasm with mechanical work, as well as overall mechanical aptitude were discussed when he talked about the qualities they look for in an A & P mechanic to hire. He also stressed the little things such as how important wearing your badge every day is, looking and acting professional, and showing a United recruiter that a student/grad is a “premium” candidate.

Mr. Shotsberger also shared that United is rolling out amazing job opportunities for A & P mechanics with United: 400-500 A & P job opportunities for those with their A & P certification with no required experience! What an awesome day to hear from the insides of United Airlines’ technical operations! Thanks Mr. Shotsberger and United Airlines, for 2 awesome presentations to our students and graduates!

During the month of June, AIM Houston hosted a presentation from one of the regional airports at Hobby. Express Jet’s, Keith Browles (Lead A & P Mechanic) for the Shreveport, LA location, met with our current students, alumni and prospective students to demonstrate what a day in the life of an A & P Mechanic looks like in the real world. Browles discussed Human Factors and how important they are in order for an airport to run safely and under compliance with OSHA.  He also informed the audience about how Express Jet is a regional airline and explained the difference between regional and a major airline.

This visit was an excellent opportunity to motivate our current students to get their A & P certification and to take the initiative needed to become a premium career candidate. The graduates that attended had the opportunity to speak with Browles, who is the recruiter for several Express Jet locations, and submit their resumes.

AIM Houston is committed to supporting students on their path to becoming successful graduates by providing opportunities for growth and knowledge. We would like to extend a big thank you to Express Jet for their contributions to this mission.

AIM at United

AIM Houston Students Visit United Airlines Facility

AIM Campuses Celebrate Veteran’s Day

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015

Veterans Day was no small affair at Aviation Institute of Maintenance. It was a day filled with excitement and gratitude at AIM campuses all across the nation. There were ceremonies, celebrations and even just some special, little ways to say thank you, like pizza! To those that we owe so much to for their bravery, strength & patriotism, it seemed only right that we celebrate them in a big way!


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Orlando holds 4th Aviation Maintenance Summer Camp

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015

AMO Summer Camp 2015AIM Orlando held its annual Aviation Maintenance Summer Camp for the 4th year in a row and it was the most successful yet! We had such great interest from the community, that three sessions were held throughout the month of July to accommodate the number of students wanting to be a part of this year’s summer camp.


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Student-Built WWI Aircraft Arrives at Fighter Factory

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015

Late in September, a number of crates were delivered to the Military Aviation Museum’s Fighter Factory from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance – Kansas City campus, where a team of students and instructors have been working on the Museum’s latest aircraft, a World War I vintage Morane-Saulnier AI, building it from the ground up.

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Aviation Scholarships and How to Win Them

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015

ScholarshipsPeople hate talking about money. Unless, of course, it’s free money! Scholarships are a key to furthering a students success. The cost of education can sometimes seem overwhelming with life happening at the same time. AIM students, both young and old, have enjoyed a plethora of scholarship opportunities over the years. Yet, not everyone knows where to begin. Let’s change that…

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