How to Select Aircraft Maintenance Technicians

AMT speaks with Jet Professionals on current hiring trends for aircraft maintenance technicians.


JP: We have recently seen an uptick in all areas with the exception of corporate flight departments.

AMT: There are many industry organizations today offering advanced or third-party credentials for education and learning relating to aircraft maintenance. How often do you find potential employers requesting candidates that have these types of advanced accreditations?

JP: Typically Fortune 500 companies will task us with finding individuals who have gone that extra step and are involved with aviation beyond their normal work scope.

AMT: How often do you find a four-year college degree being required?

JP: Most Fortune 500 companies prefer their candidates/new-hires to have a four-year degree. These companies are looking for individuals who want to grow and advance themselves throughout their career.

AMT: What do most companies want these days relating to soft-skills, like use of computers, personal interaction with others, etc?

JP: This is typically client specific; however, computer skills are high on the list as well as people skills. An individual needs to be able to communicate on all levels and with all types from line personnel to the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

AMT: Does your company find it difficult to source the right candidate?

JP: Occasionally it can be challenging and we are always up to a challenge.

AMT: Is it your experience there are many times more possible candidates out there than there are vacant positions?

JP: Yes, and that is why one needs to broaden and sharpen their skill set.

AMT: Does the aircraft maintenance technician have the ability to negotiate terms such as salary, benefits, vacation time, or do you see potential employers holding tough on these things?

JP: It is client specific and we have negotiated salary, signing bonuses, and vacation on the candidate’s behalf. Most clients are receptive to negotiation.

AMT: What are some of the biggest challenges with finding and selecting candidates?

JP: Relocation seems to be one of the biggest challenges. If you want to stay in this industry you need to be flexible and open to moving. A lot of times that may be the only way to advance your career.

AMT: What are some of the highest requirements you have seen made by potential employers; experience, certifications and ratings, education, location?

JP: Employers are looking for the best of the best and it is our responsibility to find them.

AMT: What advice can you provide to technicians seeking a different position within a corporate flight department or corporate aircraft service center?

JP: Most corporate flight departments or corporate aircraft service centers will require an individual to have specific make and model experience. If an individual has an opportunity, attending FlightSafety or CAE to receive initial or recurrent maintenance training can do nothing but enhance ones portfolio.

AMT: What recommendations can you provide to technicians seeking a different position within aircraft maintenance in today’s economy?

JP: A&Ps need to have an electrical/avionics background. Avionics techs need to get their A&Ps. We are seeing more and more opportunities that are requiring this attribute. Almost all overseas opportunities are looking for these qualities.

AMT: What advice do you have for technicians interviewing for a different job? How should you prepare?

JP: The best advice is to do your homework. Learn as much about your future employer as possible. Understand their structure, key personnel, and their breadth of services, where they have been and where they are going. Also be open to relocation if they have multiple locations.

 

Bryan Maloney has more than 25 years in the aviation industry of which 12 have been in staffing. Bryan has been with Jet Professionals for more than six years and is operations manager of Jet Professionals Technical division which focuses on placing maintenance technicians. His office is located at Dallas Love Field and his email address is bryan_maloney@jet-professionals.com. More can be found at www.jet-professionals.com.

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