NAA students tour a variety of aviation-related job sites, especially as they near graduation. The field visits offer insight into the different sectors of aviation and offer soon-to-be grads a glimpse at the careers that they are about to embark upon. Most recently, Tampa Bay students toured Allegiant Air’s maintenance facilities at the St. Pete-Clearwater Airport (PIE).
The Tampa Bay Times has reported that Allegiant carries about 95 percent of the passenger traffic at PIE, which reported a record 1.6 million passengers in 2015. Students were able to interact at the busy maintenance facility, as well as gain a greater understanding of the low-cost carrier and its expanding routes.
NAA—New England hosted a graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Family and friends gathered to celebrate with students who successfully completed NAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician program in Concord, MA.
Joe Moore, Director of Education Education, officiated the ceremony with faculty guest speaker John Budenas.
Students who exhibited outstanding achievement received specialized awards. David O’Neil was named Top Tech, FAA Top Performer and received awards for Outstanding Attendance and Outstanding Academics.
Graduates from this class have already secured employment with industry leaders. We look forward to hearing about their future successes in aviation!
Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases data relating to the annual income and career outlooks in various sectors. Wage statistics for aviation maintenance professionals are on the rise. As of May 2016, the median annual income is $60,170 for Airframe & Powerplant mechanics, a significant increase from last year, with the lowest 10% of workers earning approximately $35,960 and the highest 10% of workers making closer to $87,880.
This year, the states with the highest employment level in this occupation are Texas, Florida and California. Some employers, such as General Atomics based out of San Diego, even pay the costs of relocation once hired – in addition to well-paying salaries and benefits packages.
It is important to consider these kinds of details when making decisions for your future. Competitive expected earnings and overall job growth in the aviation maintenance field are two compelling factors to start your training at NAA today!