Air Washington Educates Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanics on Building a Global Skill Set

May 14, 2014
Air Washington developed educational materials for A&P mechanic students, incumbent workers, and veterans explaining how they can increase their marketability by pursuing EASA licensing in addition to FAA certification.

SEATTLE, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Washington spearheaded a strategy in 2011 to educate Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic students, incumbent workers, and veterans on how they can develop a global skill set and increase their marketability, career options and pay. Through educational materials, including a videobrochure and FAQ Flyer, Air Washington explains how these A&P mechanics, students and veterans can pursue dual licensing as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mechanic and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) aircraft maintenance engineer. These educational materials and an outline of the application process are available through the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing (COE), a partner of Air Washington.

Air Washington, a consortium of 11 of the Washington State's community and technical colleges, received a $20M Department of Labor grant in 2011 to strengthen Washington State's aerospace industry through workforce training in advanced manufacturing/composites, electronics/avionics, aircraft assembly, and aircraft maintenance. The goal of the Air Washington project is to prepare 2,615 individuals by fall 2014 to enter Washington State's aerospace workforce and secure Washington as the world leader in aerospace training and education.  Air Washington identified a portion of this grant funding to create awareness of EASA certification for A&P mechanics and others interested in the industry through the development and distribution of these educational materials. The FAA is the national aviation authority of the United States. EASA is the European Union equivalent of the FAA. EASA promotes standards of safety and environmental protection in the aviation industry for 27 member countries across Europe.

These educational materials outline what EASA is, the benefits of obtaining EASA licensing in addition to FAA certification and what pathway to pursue to become EASA licensed based on their current status:

  • Students currently enrolled in an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Training Program
  • A&P certified mechanic and currently working in the aviation industry
  • Veterans with prior military aviation experience

To learn more about the benefits of EASA licensing for A&P mechanics and the application process, visit:

Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing is a part of the statewide Centers of Excellence (COE) and is partnered with several community colleges, industry leaders and apprenticeship groups. The COE's purpose facilitates the growth of aerospace and advanced manufacturing jobs and the training of skilled labor in Washington.  

Contact Information: 
Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, 206-764-5832,