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AIM Signs with AAR for the Eagle Pathway Program

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019

AAR joins with AIM for the EAGLE Pathway program, which is designed to provide a systematic path for high school students to develop their careers.

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Written by Nicole Gleaton

On Thursday, July 25, 2019, Gerald Yagen, President of Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), met with Ryan Goertzen of AAR, the largest Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operator in North America.  Mr. Goertzen’s visit to Norfolk was twofold.  He started the day at the Huntersville and Berkley Community Centers, where he spoke to the 10-12-year-old participants of Fly Norfolk, a joint venture between AIM and the City of Norfolk’s Parks and Recreation summer camp program.  Throughout the program, children are exposed to various careers in aviation, and Mr. Goertzen was on-hand to provide information and answer questions about careers in aviation maintenance.

Additionally, Mr. Goertzen welcomed AIM into AAR’s EAGLE Pathway program with the official signing on Thursday afternoon.  For AIM students, this will mean a 23-month program that culminates in a trip to one of AAR’s airframe maintenance facilities, which are in Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Miami, Rockford, IL, and Duluth, MN, to receive on-site mentoring.  Internships will be scheduled during AIM’s Winter and Spring breaks and will be coordinated according the geographic location of the student’s home campus.  Students who successfully complete the program and internship will be all but guaranteed employment with AAR, where they can earn tuition reimbursement of $5,000 per each of three level rankings they obtain.  AAR also pays relocation expenses for employees.  For AIM, this partnership will also provide free aircraft training to instructors, so they are better able to prepare students for the workforce.  A recent Boeing study shows a predicted shortage of 193,000 new aircraft mechanics in North America through 2037.  This joint effort by AIM and AAR aims to provide a clear pathway for students and skilled technicians for today’s workforce in response to that shortage.

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Also present for the signing were members of AIM’s staff:  Joel English, Vice President of Operations, Jeremiah Scarbrough and Pat Thomas, Regional Directors of Operations, Nicole Gleaton, Communications Coordinator, Ben Clark, Director of Student Affairs, Zoe Thompson, Director of Education, Bruce Jones, Campus Executive Director, and Brad Groom, Assistant Campus Director.  From the City of Norfolk:  Wynter Benda, Chief Deputy City Manager, Thomas Smigiel, Jr., Norfolk City Council Member, Kenyetta Goshen, Senior Director of Norfolk City Public Schools.  Others present:  Chuck McPhillips of the Greater Norfolk Corporation and Bruce Holbrook.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance Welcomes Virginia Secretary of Education

Posted by on Jul 11, 2019

AIM Manassas hosts The State of Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni.

Mechanic working on engine

 Written by Jul DeGeus

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Manassas Campus is honored to host the State of Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni, at their Jet Tech Camp on Friday, July 12, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m., at 10640 Davidson Place, Manassas, VA 20109.

AIM Manassas’ Jet Tech Camp offers participants a glimpse into the world of aircraft maintenance through hands-on learning. Camp attendees will spend time in AIM’s hangars, classrooms, and labs, learning about the basics of aviation maintenance. Topics covered will include aircraft systems and powerplants, ground operations, safety wiring, physics of flight, and much more. This is the perfect opportunity for individuals who are interested in working with their hands. The camp will also provide a preview of the skills aviation maintenance technicians perform after obtaining their certification.

Secretary Qarni, along with other political figures, will participate in safety wiring, engine tear down, flight simulation, and other aviation maintenance tasks. A tour of the facility will provide the Secretary of Education insight into the daily experience of an AIM student.

For more information regarding AIM Manassas’ Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program, please visit www.aviationMaintenance.edu or call (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, Ga., Philadelphia, Pa., Dallas, Tx., Houston, Tx., Indianapolis, In., Las Vegas, Nv., Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Ca., Orlando, Fl., Charlotte, Nc., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

 

Aviation Institute of Maintenance Joins AAR EAGLE Career Pathway Program

Posted by on Jul 10, 2019

Aviation Institute of Maintenance Joins AAR EAGLE Career Pathway program to offer students competitive skills training and post-grad job opportunities

Written by Nicole Gleaton

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), the largest provider of new aviation maintenance technicians to the industry, announces its partnership with AAR (NYSE: AIR), the largest maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operator in North America, to provide students with onsite job training and mentorship at AAR’s hangars and the opportunity to graduate with a job offer through the EAGLE Career Pathway program.

“The Aviation Institute of Maintenance is a valuable source of talent for AAR, and with our EAGLE Career Pathway program, we can provide them with even earlier job experience and skills training to accelerate their aviation careers,” said AAR Vice President of Maintenance Workforce Development. “With more airline fleets flying than ever before, the demand for AMTs is rapidly growing. We are excited to partner with AIM to introduce students to the various specializations and paths they can pursue as an AMT, and offer them the opportunity to work within our global MRO network.”

As a top employer of AIM graduates, AAR’s EAGLE Pathway initiative adds a new internship component to AIM’s 23-month Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program. During the program, students will travel to a site visit to one of AAR’s MRO facilities, located in Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Miami, Duluth, Minnesota and Rockford, Illinois, for initial onsite mentoring. During their winter and spring breaks, the students will return to the site for an AMT internship with the AAR team.  “The mentorship and internship aspects of the EAGLE Career Pathway program will offer students hands-on experience within the authentic MRO work environment,” said Dr. Joel English, AIM’s Vice President of Operations.  “Students who are selected for this program will benefit from authentic work experience and will be front-running candidates for a professional role at AAR or any other professional aviation maintenance organization upon graduation.”

The students who graduate from the AIM and EAGLE Pathway programs will be extended job offers to join AAR’s team as an entry-level AMT.  They also have the option to continue the EAGLE Career Pathway program to obtain an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate or pursue another of AAR’s career pathways including maintenance operations, management, quality control and safety — and become eligible for tuition reimbursement from AAR upon completion.

A recent Boeing study forecasts the aviation industry will demand 769,000 new aircraft mechanics through 2038, with 193,000 needed in North America alone.  This joint effort by AIM and AAR aims to provide a clear pathway for students and skilled technicians for today’s workforce in response to that shortage.  “The job outlook for certified aviation mechanics has never been higher in the US and around the world,” said Dr. English, “And the EAGLE Pathway Program will equip our graduates with experience within the professional environment as they attend school.”  Additionally, AAR will provide AIM instructors with free aircraft MRO training to instructors, so they are better equipped to prepare students for the workforce.

As part of AIM and the City of Norfolk’s joint venture, Fly Norfolk, Ryan Goertzen, Vice President of Aviation Workforce Development for AAR, will join the Career Day sessions on July 24-25 to talk to 10-12 year-old summer camp participants about aircraft repair and the field of aviation maintenance.  Additionally, AAR’s EAGLE Career Pathway information will be available at all AIM campuses.

AIM Vice President of Operations Joel English, and Ryan Goertzen will finalize the partnership agreement in a formal signing alongside Norfolk community leaders on July 25 in Norfolk.  For more information about AAR’s EAGLE Career Pathway program, click here.

 

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.

About AAR

AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 6,000 people in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include parts supply; OEM solutions; integrated solutions; maintenance, repair, overhaul; and engineering. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include mobility systems and composite manufacturing operations. Additional information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.

AIM Offers Industrial Manufacturing Training at New Charlotte Campus

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019

The AIM Charlotte campus offers Industrial Manufacturing Technician program to support the community’s need to fill over 15,000 manufacturing jobs.

man working on jet engine.

Written by Jul DeGeus

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) extended their campus locations to include Charlotte, North Carolina on June 21, 2019, as part of its continued effort to address growing workforce demand for skilled technicians. The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance reported over 15,000 manufacturing jobs have been added in the Charlotte Region since 2013.

AIM is enrolling in an Industrial Manufacturing Technician program to meet the growing demand for skilled technicians. The training provides students with the skills needed to enter the manufacturing and fabrication industry. After completion of the program, graduates can accept entry-level positions as millwrights, industrial maintenance mechanics or machinery workers. Standard job duties include machine assemblage and repair; testing, adjustment and calibration of equipment and the cleaning, lubrication and movement of machinery. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual wage of a millwright is over $55,200.

The 51,000 square foot facility houses a Learning Resource Center, computer lab and 17 classrooms with audio visual technology installation and is located at 7421 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte NC 28227. Campus Executive Director, Alex Diaz states, “As the Queen City continues its exponential growth, AIM is proud to develop the workforce for current and future needs of the manufacturing industry.”

For more information regarding AIM Charlotte’s Industrial Manufacturing Technician program, please visit www.aviationMaintenance.edu or call (980) 785-0700.

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, Ga., Philadelphia, Pa., Dallas, Tx., Houston, Tx., Indianapolis, In., Las Vegas, Nv., Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Ca., Orlando, Fl., Charlotte, Nc., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

AIM Graduate Spotlight: Randi Amos

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019

Written by Ginger Ollison, Financial Aid Officer and Jennifer Butler, Assistant Campus Director

Randi Amos walked through the doors of AIM Houston for the first time in August of 2016.  After her tour of the campus, it was time to meet with Financial Aid. She was so nervous, she was visibly shaking. Her Financial Aid Officer, Ms. Ginger Ollison, asked her what was wrong, as Randi was in clear distress. Her response was, “I want to go to school but I know that finances will be the reason I am unable to go because I have no money saved to go to school.”  Ms. Ollison put her at ease and let her know there are many opportunities to help pay for school. From there, they began working with Randi to determine her eligibility.  After completing the financial aid process, Randi learned that not only was she able to go to school, but she was able to afford it. On August 22, 2016, with a smile on her face and her head held high, Randi began her journey, started her first block, and never looked back.

Amidst Randi’s new adventure in returning to school, her mother fell ill and her health deteriorated rapidly.  Although Randi remained strong, her pain was visible.  Staff members recall seeing her in the hallway, but she did not appear to be the same person as when she started; always so full of joy and excitement.  Ms. Ollison asked Randi to come to her office so she could learn how life had been treating Randi.  Confident in the guidance and support Ms. Ollison had always practiced, Randi released her anguish and told Ms. Ollison about her struggles and her mother’s terminal health conditions. Randi expressed that despite her daily challenge to cope, she was determined to finish school.

Sadly, a year later Randi’s mom passed away. Ms. Ollison was determined to support Randi and checked on her progress often. Everyday, Randi found the strength to give a partial smile and insisted she was getting along. It wasn’t until three months before graduation that Ms. Ollison learned Randi was homeless and had been sleeping in her car in a parking lot. With immediate concern, Ms. Ollison reached out to Randi to express that she was willing to work with her to provide any assistance or resources she needed to make it to graduation. Ms. Ollison stressed to Randi that she was not alone; her AIM Houston family was there to support her.

Through losing her only parent, homelessness and other life obstacles, not only did Randi graduate on time, she also passed all her testing and became an FAA Certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic. Randi knew she had accomplished more than she ever dreamed possible and was excited to move to the next phase to make her mom proud. The A&P certified technician decided to venture out to start her new career in Oscoda, Michigan with Kalitta Air. We are very proud of her and know she will accomplish great things.  She beat the odds, focused on her dreams, and became a shining example of true success. Congratulations Randi Amos, we are so proud of you!

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance:

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast in the United States and headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando and Norfolk. Visit AviationMaintenance.edu or call (888) FIX-JETS for more information.