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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.

Grants, Scholarships and Loans: Which Option Works for You

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018

By Esperanza Poquiz and Jul DeGeus

Going back to school to start a career in the field of aviation can be costly. Looking into your options before starting could help ease the financial stress that comes with furthering your education. Below you can get a general idea of some of the options that are available to you:

Scholarships: 

What is it?

A scholarship is sum of money that is awarded through academic and extracurricular achievements.

Things to know:

  • Things like winning an essay contest or getting a certain grade point average (GPA) are some of the ways that you can earn a scholarship.
  • Scholarships are non-repayable.
  • Earning a scholarship can require commitments like upholding a certain GPA or joining internships/externships.
  • Applying for a scholarship can be competitive, so be unique and stand out from the rest of the applicants when submitting your application.

Grants:

What is it?

Grants are need-based aids. This means that grants are only gifted to those who need assistance due to circumstances, like low-income.

Things to know:

  • You cannot “win” a grant.
  • Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid results determine the amount of money you can receive.
  • Grants, like scholarships, are non-repayable.
  • Grants tend to have less overall funding than other financial aid options.
  • Due to the high demand of grant requests, funds do not last long. A way to provide a higher chance at receiving a grant is by filing for FASFA as soon as possible.

Loans:

What is it?

A student loan is an amount of money advanced to students to help pay for education expenses.

Things to know:

  • Loans are the more popular choice for financial aid.
  • Unlike scholarships and grants, loans have to be payed back, usually with interest.
  • Some different types of loans include federal, state and private.
  • Make sure you fully understand the terms and conditions. If you are unsure about something in your plan or have questions, you can always ask your loan provider.

Keep these options in mind when you’re thinking about jump starting your future career. To learn more about our programs offered here at Aviation Institute of Maintenance, click here.

A&P School Welcomes Hiring Companies to Campus for Aviation Maintenance Showcase

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018

Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Oakland campus will host a showcase event for men and women interested in aviation maintenance careers. Employment seekers get to meet with recruiters from airlines.

By Brian Stauss

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) will be hosting an aviation maintenance showcase at its Oakland campus on Tuesday, March 6th. The event will run from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m.

The campus will be welcoming hiring personnel from a variety of industry-related employers to participate in a career fair.  Career fair attendees will have the opportunity to meet recruiters from national airlines such as Delta and United, along other local and regional aviation companies, to discuss potential employment opportunities in aircraft maintenance.  A full list of featured employers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1605290379563721/.  Individuals are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and come dressed in professional attire.

For individuals that are interested in a potential career in aviation, but lack the required certifications, the showcase will also provide a chance to tour AIM’s campus and speak with admissions professionals about the campus’s training programs.

“We are very excited to welcome these airlines to our campus for this event,” says Josh Smith, Campus Executive Direction of Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Oakland campus. “This marks an extremely valuable opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing a career in aviation maintenance and provides an avenue for us to promote the various training options available here at AIM.”

The aviation maintenance showcase is open to AIM graduates, current students, as well as the Oakland public interested in career opportunities. There is no fee to attend the event.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Oakland campus is located at 9636 Earhart Road, Oakland, CA, 94621.  For more information on the aviation maintenance showcase, visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1605290379563721/ or call the campus at (510) 553-9600.

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 to Showcase Drone Training Program for Local High Schoolers

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017

Course exposes students to key aspects of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry with a focus on drone pilot training. This course is designed to help students obtain their operator certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

By Brian Stauss

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is now offering unmanned aerial systems (drone) training for individuals in the Charlotte, NC metro area. This comes as a response to the Part 107 regulations set forth by the FAA in regards to commercial use of unmanned aircraft and the growth of aerospace innovation within the Charlotte metro area.

AIM began offering this training to local students at Olympic High School on October 11th. Courses will continue through November 11th. The program teaches students the history of unmanned aircraft, their various uses, the development of governmental regulations relating to drone use, and explores future opportunities in this growing field of aviation.

“We offer the drone pilot course within the local communities of all 11 of our campuses around the country, and we make it a practice to offer free training opportunities to high school students within the communities we serve,” states Vice President of Operations for AIM, Dr. Joel English.  “We plan to bring our newest and most advanced AIM campus to the Charlotte area in 2018, and we feel that partnering with Olympic High School to provide its students with training and FAA certification is a meaningful entry into the Charlotte community.”

Specific topics covered in the drone course include airspace classifications, operating requirements, and various flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation. Additional areas of learning include: the effects of weather on drone performance, aircraft loading, emergency procedures, radio communication procedures, drone maintenance and preflight inspection procedures, and more.

As a part of the program, AIM has signed a licensing agreement with Little Arms Ltd. for the use of their Zephyr drone flight simulator software.

The drone program culminates with a Fly Day event, to be held at Olympic High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is open to the public and will showcase the skills the students acquired during their training, highlighted by actual drone flight displays.

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s UAS training prepares students to take the FAA Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) pilot exam, which is required to obtain their FAA 107 operator certificate.

“Learning how to operate unmanned aircraft systems and receiving the FAA 107 certificate places our students on the leading edge of the future of aviation,” says Michael Sasso, Director of Education at Aviation Institute of Maintenance. “This affords students the opportunity to fill the upcoming demand for drone pilots”.

For information about additional course dates, contact Michael Sasso at directoredamc@aviationmaintenance.edu or call (651) 494-4908.

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.

What is an Aviation Maintenance Technician: A Career Description

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

An aviation maintenance technician (AMT) career might suit you. However, here is what you need to know on job description, duties, education requirements, licensing requirements, salary & employment outlook:

What is an Aviation Maintenance Technician?

An aviation maintenance technician repairs and maintains all types of aircraft, such as planes and helicopters.

Duties

The duties of an AMT vary based on what company they work for. They can do anything from general maintenance to specialization in a specific area, like the airframe or powerplant. AMTs are required to diagnose issues, both mechanical and electrical, replace worn out or damaged parts and regularly inspect an aircraft on a maintenance schedule.

Educational Requirements

Aircraft maintenance schools offer programs you can complete in 18-24 months with hands-on training. The program’s curriculum should be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An AMT has to study a “general” set of subjects for at least 1900 hours for subjects relating to General, Airframe and Powerplant.

“General” curriculum studies examples: Electricity, weight and balance, technical drawings, pneumatics, corrosion control, maintenance manuals and federal regulations, especially regarding repair and modification procedures.

Airframe studies examples: Inspection, fasteners, structures (like wood, composite, and sheet metal), welding, assembly, rigging, finishes, atmosphere controls and hydraulics.

Powerplant studies examples: Inspection, engine theories and repair, instruments, electrical, ignition, and fire protection.

Obtaining a FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification

General rules to be eligible for a mechanic certificate in the U.S.:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Able to fluently read, speak, and understand English
  • Meet educational or experience requirements
  • Pass a set of oral and practical required tests within 24 months

Salary and Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 137,300 aviation maintenance jobs in 2014. BLS projects job outlook for holders of both Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate to be greater than only holding certification for one of the two. The annual mean wage pay for aviation maintenance technicians (mechanics) was $61,190 as of May 2016.