By Jul DeGeus
By Jul DeGeus
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.
If you like airplanes, there will be jobs out there for you. The increase in the number of private planes, the profits in the airline industry, and the growth of the drone industry face a shortage of aircraft maintenance personnel. Situations like this create opportunity and increase wages. Forbes magazine reports, “young with a dream to fly or fix airplanes can look to a brighter future in an exciting and challenging field.”
Whether you’ve just recently completed the coursework for your high school diploma and are excited (but unsure) about which direction to take toward a rewarding career, or have been in a job for a few years that is just not as satisfying as you had hoped, consider a career in aircraft maintenance.
It is predicted that among all professions, avionics technicians and other aircraft maintenance personnel will have a smaller level of employment change than most other professions by a wide margin between 2012 and 2022. This means that the field is a highly competitive one, and you need to bring your A game if you want to get a chance with the best employers. The following are five videos that will give you an understanding of both how important it is to do your job correctly and an overview of what maintaining aircraft is really all about. Stick it out through all five of these videos, and then decide if this is really the vocation for you.