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AIM Joins Industry Leaders to Raise Awareness for Careers in Aviation Maintenance, Commits to Support Choose Aerospace Campaign

Posted by on Mar 12, 2019

The aviation industry faces dire challenges as it strives to recruit enough technicians to keep aircraft flying and airlines operating.  Boeing recently reported that the shortage of FAA-certified aircraft technicians has caused a vacuum within the airlines, and 189,000 trained technicians will be needed within the next 20 years.  But fewer than 20,000 students across the country are currently enrolled in Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) programs.  In order to promote aviation maintenance technology for new college students considering a career path, a new coalition of industry leaders called Choose Aerospace is coming together.

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AIM students receive hands-on training from one of their instructors.

Choose Aerospace, an awareness campaign spearheaded by the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC), will bring together a coalition of industry stakeholders and educational leaders to quantify staffing needs and promote aerospace technical careers.  Hampton Roads-based Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) has signed on as Choose Aerospace’s primary educational sponsor for this venture.

“Aviation Institute of Maintenance is proud to announce its partnership with Choose Aerospace,” said AIM’s Director of Education Mark Holloway. “The coalition is a great opportunity for industry leaders to come together on an issue that will detrimentally impact us all if not addressed. The community must find a way to attract a diverse, qualified technical workforce, if we are going to attain the anticipated industry growth projections.”  AIM has 12 FAA-Certificated schools teaching aircraft maintenance across the country and is the largest family of aviation maintenance schools in the United States. “Partnering with Choose Aerospace just makes sense as we strive to make a positive impact on the lives of our students and the aviation industry,” Holloway said.

The campaign is a solutions-oriented effort to identify and implement strategies to address the aerospace workforce shortage. Kick-off activities will include market research to pinpoint the target audience and determine what marketing initiatives will have the most impact. Once the initial research is complete, the campaign will focus on brand development and content marketing, and other efforts intended to raise the public’s awareness of career opportunities in aviation maintenance.

AIM joins a growing list of companies, associations, and labor unions joining together to address the aviation workforce challenge. AIM’s Vice President of Operations, Dr. Joel English, explains, “It is clear that United Airlines, Envoy Airlines, PSA Airlines, Piedmont, and the other industry partners who are supporting Choose Aerospace hope to increase the flow of certified professionals to service their aircraft.  But this effort addresses not just the problem of a technician shortage; it addresses the problem of the average family not thinking about aerospace as an accessible and lucrative career path.  Young people and their families need to understand that programs like ours are efficient educational pathways to lifelong employment.  I feel that it was AIM’s duty to get involved with Choose Aerospace in order to increase the population of certified aviation professionals.”

As a Launch Sponsor of Choose Aerospace, AIM has committed to the highest level of support over the next three years in support of Choose Aerospace.  AIM is also doubling the capacity to train students at its Hampton Roads campus by moving to a 109,000 square foot campus in Norfolk, Va. The institution is also expanding its campuses in Charlotte, NC, Fremont, Calif., Las Vegas, Nev., and several other campuses around the country.  “We look forward to working with ATEC on this venture,” concluded Holloway, “and we can’t wait to see the positive impact it will have for future aviators.”

For more information about the campaign, visit www.chooseaerospace.org.

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, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va.

AIM Graduate Spotlight – Daniel Mendiola

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019

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Daniel Mendiola celebrates his graduation from the AMT program

Daniel Mendiola first came to Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Oakland back in 2014. While in the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program, he worked as an electrician for his family’s company, Mendiola Home Repair, as well as a pest controller to help make ends meet financially. During his training program at AIM, Daniel maintained a stellar 3.78 GPA. He graduated from the AMT program in 2015 and continued to work towards gaining his A&P license.

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Conference table built by Daniel Mendiola, constructed from wing of an aircraft.

In August 2017, he got a job opportunity to return to AIM as an Aircraft Assembly Technician. In this position, he was able to gain real hands-on experience to further prepare him for the aviation industry. He was the lead tech in charge of disassembling and reassembling aircraft. He also fabricated aircraft cradles and parts to move the aircraft. Other responsibilities included creating a custom welding hood and installing new compressor airlines for the facility. Additional custom-built projects included sound walls for running the aircraft in AIM Oakland’s new facility in Fremont, CA, as well as a conference table built from scratch, using a wooden airplane wing.

Daniel obtained his Powerplant rating in June 2018, and is continuing to study for his Airframe rating. In November of 2018, Boeing came to AIM Fremont and held a presentation, as well as on-site interviews. Daniel interviewed and was offered a position right away. He has since relocated to Renton, Washington, where he now works as an Aircraft Test Technician for Boeing. All of his hard work and determination has paid off and we wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors!

AIM Las Vegas Graduate Spotlight: Wendell Gilkey

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018

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AIM Las Vegas graduate Wendell Gilkey.

A father to three lovely children and a resident of the Las Vegas Valley, Wendell Gilkey was working full-time as a service technician for a local coffee service company before deciding to pursue a career in aviation maintenance.  Upon researching various schools, Wendell elected to attend AIM’s Las Vegas campus and enrolled into the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program.  In order to continue working and support his family, Wendell attended night classes.  He successfully graduated and moved quickly through the testing process in obtaining his Airframe and Powerplant certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Upon completion of his training program, Wendell stated, “The instructors here at AIM Las Vegas were all extremely helpful.  When I think about all of the work that I put in and the opportunities that are ahead of me, I feel so gratified.  I know that my confidence and determination will serve me well in job interviews.”

Sky Combat Ace’s Extra 330LC.

Having built his home and raising a family in Las Vegas, he desired to stay in the valley area in securing an A&P Mechanic position.  Gilkey’s wishes came to fruition when Sky Combat Ace (SCA) offered him a position as a maintenance technician. Sky Combat Ace offers unique flight experiences, with patrons having the opportunity to ride along with highly trained fighter pilots as they perform aerial aerobatics, and even provides guests the opportunity to take control of the aircraft, if they desire.  The aircraft they fly are the Extra330LC, and the Super Decathlon8KCAB.  These planes require highly skilled mechanics to ensure the safety of the pilots and the customers of SCA.

Wendell accepted Sky Combat Ace’s offer and is now employed as a FAA certified A&P mechanic Wendell says, “I love what I do! I couldn’t have done it without the help from the team at AIM Las Vegas.”

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., Fremont, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

Career Fair to be Held at Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018

The Indianapolis campus of Aviation Institute of Maintenance will be holding a career fair for its students, graduates, as well as individuals in the community who are seeking employment.


by Brian Stauss

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) will be holding a career fair on Thursday, October 4 at its campus located at 7251 W McCarty St, Indianapolis, IN. The fair begins at 2 p.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. The event will feature a wide range of companies from the aviation industry, as well as a variety of companies from other industries.

Employers attending will lend guidance regarding the application process for their companies, and may even hold on-site interviews for qualified applicants. Guests are expected to attend the career fair professionally dressed, with copies of their resumes and prepared to network. A list of participating employers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/253473028626061/.

“The opportunity to meet face-to-face with so many recruiters; without getting lost in the shuffle of online applications, is something that individuals serious about a career in aviation will definitely want to take advantage of,” says Andy Duncan, Campus Executive Director of Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Indianapolis campus. “At the same time, the career fair provides an avenue for us to promote the various training options available here at AIM.”

In addition to the career fair, the Indiana Blood Center will be on-site holding a blood drive, for individuals interested in donating blood.

The career fair is free and open to the public. For more information regarding Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s career fair, contact AIM’s Indianapolis campus at (317) 243-4519.

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.

 

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine to Attend Student Town Hall at Aviation Maintenance School

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018

By Brian Stauss

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Manassas’s campus is proud to announce the Honorable Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia will come to the campus for a Student Town Hall. The event will start at 10am EST on September 17th, 2018.  Senator Kaine has been instrumental in showcasing the need for career technical educations, and the school is proud he will address those thoughts with the students. The Senator will also participate in the school’s annual “Constitution Day” presentation.

AIM Manassas is a sister-school to 11 other aviation campuses nationwide. The Aviation Maintenance Technician program at AIM provides students with the knowledge, hands-on skills, and certifications required to become an FAA-certified Airframe & Powerplant (A&P), Technician. Students are trained to service, repair and overhaul aircraft components and systems in contemporary aircraft.

Marion R. Cohen, Campus Executive Director, feels strongly about the work she does at the school and the lives being changed.  She states, “When you are told you can’t that is when you say I can; AIM-Manassas gives you the knowledge to say ‘I can.”

Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Operations, has said, “Senator Kaine has been a champion for career and technical education as long as he has been a public servant.  From helping in his father’s ironworking shop to managing a technical school in Honduras, to serving our students as our Governor and US Senator, he has continually worked for the good of workforce development and technical education.  We are thrilled to host the Senator at Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and look forward to the chance for him to further inspire our students, who are working on their technical certification to become aviation technicians.”

AIM Manassas is located at 10640 Davidson Place, Manassas, VA 20109. For more information please contact the campus at (703) 257-5515.

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.

Aviation Maintenance School Opens its Doors to Public at Air & Auto Show

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018

By Brian Stauss

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance will be holding this special event on September 29th, showcasing the world of aviation through aircraft displays, drone demonstrations, and more. This event will also include a car show and various activities for children.

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) will be holding an Air & Auto Show on Saturday, September 29th at its campus located at 10640 Davidson Place, Manassas, VA. The show beings at 11 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m.

The event will feature a variety of aviation-themed activities, including aircraft displays, demonstrations of unmanned aircraft systems (drones), and an engine pull.  There will also be a car show featuring vintage automobile displays.  The event will also feature live music, food trucks on-site, face painting for children, and a bounce house.

AIM’s admissions staff will also be on hand during the event, offering campus tours for anyone interested in pursuing a potential career in aviation maintenance.

This family friendly event is free and open to the public. For more information regarding Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Air & Auto Show, contact AIM’s Manassas campus at (703) 257-5515 or go the event page online at https://www.facebook.com/events/180516145961331/.

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.