AIM-Virginia Beach’s David Karnuth was recently named one of AMT magazine’s NextGen 40 under 40 Aircraft Maintenance Professionals. The inaugural 2015 AMT Next Gen Awards showcase individuals in the industry that are going above and beyond their job descriptions and for their own accomplishments in what they bring to their companies and the industry. The Next Gen winners represent the total maintenance arena as they represent airline, general aviation, corporate aviation, military, MROs, rotorcraft, and education segments of the industry.
We are pleased to announce that AIM Indianapolis (AMI) and AIM Chesapeake (AMN) are the recipients of the prestigious 2014 Diamond Award of Excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Maintenance Technician Awards Program. This is the 11th award for AMI and AMN received their first award in 2007 and has earned numerous awards since then. The program began as a way for the FAA to encourage Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) and employers to participate aggressively in available initial and recurrent maintenance training. Through the AMT Awards Program, the FAA recognizes eligible Technicians and employers by issuing awards to those who receive or promote and foster initial and recurrent training.
It’s taken over 100 years for Taylor to gain widespread recognition for his contribution to aviation maintenance, but on May 22, 2014, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, unveiled a bronze bust of Charles E. Taylor to honor the first aviation mechanic.
The fact that you are training in aviation maintenance should actually already be filling you with confidence and granting you the audacity to hold your head high wherever you go. Many envy the opportunity you have. Not because of the name (of course Aviation Maintenance alone is a huge draw), but because they know what you stand to achieve as soon as you are out of college and into the field; a satisfying job with a lot of room for growth, not to mention a nice pay check.
So, why not start enjoying Aviation Maintenance while in training? The following are 7 tips on how.
If you are looking for a new career you may want to take a closer look at aviation maintenance. It is a stable career field and does not look to be slowing down anytime soon. Aviation maintenance personnel are essential to the operation of airports across the nation, and while many blue-collar professions are experiencing tight hiring or even drastic reductions in employment the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a modest 2% growth in the demand for Aircraft mechanics and technicians.
Here is everything you need to know to get started in the Aviation Maintenance Field.
This is probably the first question that you thought of. According to the BLS the median pay for Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians is $55,230 per year or $26.55 per hour. However, when you are getting started out your hourly wage may be as little as $16.33 per hour. This is the shallow end of the wage scale, however, and wages often top off at a rather high $40.85 per hour or $84,960 annually. To achieve advancement in pay it is necessary to achieve certifications offered at FAA approved technical programs.