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AIM Houston & AIM Dallas Place First at Aerospace Maintenance Competition

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018

By Jul DeGeus

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) proudly congratulates AIM Dallas and AIM Houston for their performance in this year’s Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC), located in Orlando, FL.

AIM Houston Hawks receive 1st Place AMT School at AMC, April 12, 2018, in Orlando Fl.

AIM Houston Hawks earned the title of first place overall in the AMT school category, with the fastest time in the Atheer AiR & American Airlines Augmented Reality Pedestal events, while AIM Dallas placed first in the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbo Fan Engine event.

AIM Dallas receiving first place from Pratt & Whitney.

Other events included: JetBlue University ADS-B Troubleshooting, Aerospace Maintenance Competition Safety Wiring, Boeing Fiber Optics, Alaska Airlines External Power Receptacle Event, FedEx Express Turbine Engine and many more.

AIM Dallas team members working diligently during a Boeing event.

The AIM Dallas team was coached by Kyle Schwartz and team members included: Julian Barrera, Oscar Castillo, Nolan Glahn, John Le and Jordan Oneal. AIM Houston Hawks, Joshua Borel, Jonathan Davis, Cordero Garcia, Brandon LaMora and Fernando Viertons, were coached by Michael Riccardelli.

Congratulations, AIM Dallas and AIM Houston!

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

SONIC Tools, Aviation Institute of Maintenance Announce Partnership

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018

SONIC Tools, Aviation Institute of Maintenance Announce Partnership

SONIC Tools and Aviation Institute of Maintenance announced today a partnership that provides AIM students with professional, precision-crafted hand tools and provides SONIC an outlet to positively influence rising aviation technicians.

The focus of the partnership will be providing practical solutions for the best aspiring aviation technicians in the country, while reducing student debt. With the partnership, SONIC Tools becomes the exclusive Tool Supplier for all 11 AIM campuses nationwide.

In addition to supplying equipment and being fully integrated into the AIM programs, SONIC has designed and manufactured an aviation-specific toolbox and tools for students and professional aviation technicians alike. The SONIC Aviation A&P Kit is the centerpiece of the partnership and will be available to purchase both at www.sonictoolsusa.com and directly at all AIM campuses throughout the country.

“The toolkit that SONIC Tools put together for our graduates is rugged, guaranteed for life, and safely housed in a beautiful shadowbox that is ready for the professional aviation hangar,” said Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Operations at AIM.  “We’ve heard back from our graduates who are working in the field that some of their supervisors are actually jealous of the tools the grads brought with them onto the job.”

“Our partnership with AIM is one that should leave a lasting impression on any new technician graduating from an AIM campus.  With a completed education, FAA certification, and tools to go to work, AIM graduates have the golden ticket to securing a job,” said Colby McConnell, President at SONIC Tools. “We have built a finance plan to work for each graduate that allows them to start their job with the right tools and little debt to get their careers started.”

The SONIC Aviation A&P Kit is sold at reduced pricing to AIM students, creating a specific solution for aviation technicians at an affordable price. In addition, financing is provided to all AIM students, allowing for immediate purchase after graduation.  English stated, “Because of SONIC’s commitment to affordable student pricing and a generous financing plan for graduates, we’ve seen students graduate our program on a Friday, purchase a SONIC box, and be turning those wrenches at an airline the following Monday.”

The development of SONIC’s Aviation A&P Kit is important to hopeful and current aviation technicians, allowing graduates to enter the workforce with both the knowledge and skills they have gained from AIM, and the exact equipment required to excel in aviation maintenance and related fields.

AIM students will additionally receive discounts on all SONIC equipment during their enrollment, helping them better prepare for the future. SONIC and AIM will continue to develop curriculum-based tool kits and innovative ways to enhance student experience moving forward.

About SONIC Tools

SONIC is a market leader in the design and manufacture of premium hand tools and toolbox solutions. SONIC products are found in the world’s most progressive automotive enterprises, service centers, race shops, aftermarket businesses and personal garages. Our goal is to design and manufacture equipment that meets and exceeds all standards. For nearly 50 years, we’ve accomplished that goal. Faster pace of work, increased efficiency, the best value – that’s what we’re all about. SONIC is a Dutch-based company with facilities in the Netherlands, Germany and the United States.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. There are plans to open a campus in the Charlotte metropolitan area.  Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

Lucky #13: 13 Aviation Maintenance Facts

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017

The world of aircraft maintenance is an expanding field to consider for your future career. There are countless opportunities for those equipped with the proper knowledge and their Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certification. Listed below are a few facts about the field of aircraft maintenance:

  • Choose a part 147 school that is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
  • You can earn certificates of completion, an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree concentrating in aircraft maintenance.
  • Upon graduating from an FAA approved school, you are qualified to take the FAA certification exam.
  • Practice makes perfect. It is a strength to be detailed-oriented as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT). Double checking yourself and meeting strict deadlines helps to lower downtime in flight schedules and ensures the safety of the flight crew, passengers and AMTs.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for aircraft mechanics and technicians in 2016 was $61,190.00 per year or an hourly pay of $29.42.
  • To operate properly and at their best, aircraft require reliable parts and examination. Mechanics use precision instruments, like x-rays, magnetic or ultrasonic equipment, to find problematic areas. If detected, AMTs assess the wear and tear on the aircraft in order to make the proper repairs.
  • The FAA has specific federal regulations requiring every aircraft to have a set schedule for maintenance, repairs and inspections, guaranteeing it is in the safest condition possible.
  • An Airframe and Powerplant certification enables AMTS to inspect, perform or supervise maintenance of commercial and private aircraft systems.
  • Mechanics who hold an Airframe and Powerplant certificate have more of a chance at landing a position in the aviation field than those who don’t.
  • The typical “office” for aviation mechanic is a hangars, repair station or airfield.
  • Mechanic’s hours are usually full time with need for overtime and weekend shifts.
  • Get experience under your belt to help you advance to lead mechanic, lead inspector or shop supervisor.
  • In 2016, the number of airplane departures was approximately 90 million. It’s estimated to double by 2020.

If you would like to join the aircraft mechanics field, a great way to start is by checking out Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Aircraft Maintenance and Mechanics Training Programs.

Job Outlook: Aviation Maintenance Technician

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017

If you get thrilled by the thought of airplanes, there are numerous jobs out there for you. Over the recent years, there’s been a rise in the number of private planes, a high growth in the drone industry and increased profits in the airline industry. As a result, the entire aviation industry faces a shortage in the number of aircraft maintenance technicians.

What Aviation Maintenance Technicians Do

As an aviation maintenance technician, your duties are to check and troubleshoot aircraft equipment regularly, repair and replace parts that need attention, such as various components like: wheels, brakes, electrical systems and wings. Technicians are required to use diagnostic procedures that are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Job Outlook

Almost 130,000 aviation mechanics were employed in 2016 alone, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS states that growth is expected to remain steady through to the year 2024. As air traffic is expected to rise over the next few years, more innovations are expected to take ground in the design and manufacturing of aircraft and that will require maintenance. Specialized work on aircraft is expected to be outsourced abroad and will be needed in domestic shops. This means that those who acquire specialized skills and keep honing their expertise can possible take advantage of these opportunities in the future.

Education Requirements

The minimum educational requirement for aircraft maintenance technicians is a certification from an FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician school, such as Aviation Institute of Maintenance. If you previously attained some informal on-the-job training or acquired your skills during a military training, you are eligible to apply to a course like Professional Aviation Maintenance Certification. This training is a review of information designed to prepare you to successfully pass the General, Airframe and Powerplant written, oral and practical exams.

Salary Expectations

The mean annual wage for aviation maintenance technicians was reported as $61,190 in the year 2016, according to BLS. The lowest 10% of aviation maintenance technicians earned a salary of less than $35,960, while the highest 10% earned more than $87,880 annually. Aviation maintenance technicians typically work for eight hours a day, although sometimes overtime is expected. Many workers are usually affiliated with a workers union.

It can be a beneficial choice to join the aviation industry as an aviation maintenance technician. Begin a career now by joining on of the Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s  Aircraft Mechanic School Programs. Our school is committed to the education and personal enrichment of every student with a passion for the aviation maintenance profession.

Airport Codes Quiz Part 1

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017

Every airport in the world has a specific three-digit code, or the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Location Identifier Code. Originally, airports were identified by the same two-letter code that National Weather Service used to recognize the city it was in. As the amount of airports increased, a third letter was added to establish specific airports easier. In this quiz, see how many of these codes you can decipher:


 

Alabama- Montgomery Regional Airport

Alaska- Fairbanks International Airport

Arizona- Yuma International Airport

Arkansas- Clinton National Airport

California- Fresno Yosemite International Airport

Colorado- Grand Junction Regional Airport

Connecticut- Bradley International Airport

District of Columbia- Washington Dulles International Airport

Florida- Daytona Beach International Airport

Georgia- Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

Hawaii- Kahului Airport

Idaho- Boise Airport

Illinois- Quad City International Airport

Indiana- South Bend International Airport

Iowa- The Eastern Iowa Airport

Kansas- Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

Kentucky- Blue Grass Airport

Louisiana- Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Maine- Bangor International Airport

Maryland- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Massachusetts- Logan International Airport

Michigan- Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport

Minnesota- Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

Mississippi- Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport

Missouri- Kansas City International Airport

AIM Indianapolis Career Fair Opens Doors for Its Attendees

Posted by on May 30, 2017

AIM Indianapolis Career Fair Opens Doors for Its Attendees

By Jul DeGeus

On May 11th, the Aviation Institute of Maintenance Indianapolis campus held its first Career Fair. The event was open to AIM students, alumni and the public and had a turnout of about 180 people. With ten on-site interviews and four additional scheduled, Career Service Coordinator and Career Fair organizer, Erica Wheeler, dubbed the turnout a hit:

Our first career fair was a huge success!  It was great to see all the people coming and going throughout the day.  All the employers in attendance expressed that they would definitely be present at another fair in the future.  I will be planning another for the fall and I know the turnout will be even better.

Over 15 employers came out to the campus looking for people to join their company. A full list of employers include:

  • FedEx Express
  • UPS
  • Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services
  • The Home Depot
  • Ameriflight
  • GE Aviation
  • Fastenal
  • Republic Airlines
  • Praxair Surface Technologies
  • Launch Technical Workforce Solutions
  • AAR Corp
  • Aero Repair
  • Applied Composites Engineering
  • PSA Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Gulfstream

PSA Airline recruiters talking to Career Fair attendees.

So, what is it that employers were looking for in prospective recruits? Predominately, they were looking to hire attendees with their Airframe and Powerplant Certification. There were also several opportunities for those who were willing to relocate and work flexible hours. According to Student Services Coordinator, Amber Delp, AIM Indy had many individuals who met these requirements and were thrilled to have the chance to interact with proposed employers:

It was so wonderful to see the excitement in the students’ faces. They were very grateful to have this networking opportunity. I was able to watch all my hard work leading up to this point unfold; my passion is to help our students, graduates and community get in contact with the right people to help them with their career and that’s exactly what we accomplished. I like knowing that this one event helped attendees to believe in themselves and inspired them to push for their own personal goals.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.