Aviation Mechanics School Prepares to Meet High Demand

Retiring and depleting skilled workforce will lead to 80,000 new positions in aviation maintenance during the next ten years.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The FAA predicts there will be more than 80,000 new positions in aviation maintenance during the next ten years, due mainly to an increase in passenger flights and a retiring and depleting skilled workforce. According to many, the aviation industry is facing a crisis in which demand for mechanics could soon outpace the supply, putting the industry in a tail spin.

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), is preparing to meet the growing demand for FAA-certified aviation maintenance technicians through their mechanic and avionics technician programs.

“We are seeing an increase in companies like Boeing, Timco, and Southwest recruiting graduates directly from our AIM campuses,” she adds.

Last year more than 35 percent of AIM graduates were hand-picked by the top aviation companies in the country, and placement rates averaged over 70% among all graduates. New classes start every five weeks, on average.

The AIM campuses graduate about 1,000 students each year from their 18-month training program. These students are then eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain a mechanic’s certificate with rating in Airframe and Powerplant, commonly known as an A&P license. AIM has provided highly skilled aviation maintenance technicians to the aviation industry for more than a decade.

For more information, call Shellee Casiello at (757)490-3151 or send an email to corpcomm@aviationmaintenance.edu.

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