Industry Leaders Attend Speed Interviewing at NAA

National Aviation Academy’s Career Services department hosted Speed Interviewing this afternoon, ahead of tomorrow’s Career Fair at our Tampa Bay campus! Students and alumni had the opportunity to meet with industry leaders to introduce themselves and make a lasting impression.

An NAA student speaks with a representative of Piedmont Airlines

The demand for Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics is continuously growing, and these short introductions helped students decide who they want to work for and/or what area of aviation they want to pursue. Seventeen amazing industry partners such as Boeing, Delta Global Services, Endeavor, Envoy Air, General Atomics, Gulfstream, Honeywell Aerospace, Piedmont Airlines, Piper Aircraft and more participated. 35 individuals took advantage of this opportunity.

Meeting Critical Demands in Aviation Maintenance

Demands in aviation maintenance continue to rise year over year, with open positions outpacing the number of qualified individuals to fill them, as evidenced by Boeing’s Pilot and Technician Outlook. Highly-skilled technicians are needed in each sector of aviation. (1) NAA aims to help meet the demands in aviation maintenance by training Aiframe and Powerplant (A&P) technicians of the highest caliber, ready to enter the industry in as little as 14 months.

Students learning in an in-hangar demonstration
NAA students at at in-hangar demonstration

MRO Network recently reported that “while there are still challenges to be met, progress is being made in filling current and future needs for aircraft mechanics in the U.S., according to the latest Pipeline Report of the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC).” (2)

Increases in graduates and enrollments have been cited as major points of progress. Additionally, capacity is no issue. Schools, including NAA, can readily accommodate students in 2019. That said, the demands in aviation maintenance continue to be a source of concern.

For instance, individuals continue to age out of the workforce and women make up a scant percentage (only 2.4%) of industry at large. ATEC reckons that “30% of mechanics are now 60 years of age or older, which is a 3% increase from the prior year. And new mechanics still account for only 2% of the workforce each year. Unless this rate of replacement is increased, the mechanic population will decline 5% over the next 15 years, the Council projects.”(2)

In other words: aviation maintenance technicians are in high demand. The good news is that opportunity is not lacking for those who are interested to pursue a love of aviation and/or a hands-on career. For more information about how to start training for your future in aviation maintenance, call (800) 659-2080.



NAA-New England December 2018 Graduation

NAA—New England hosted a graduation ceremony for Class 10/17 AMT on December 17, 2018 at Maynard High School in Maynard, MA. Family and friends gathered to celebrate with students who successfully completed NAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program.

Graduations are an opportunity to recognize the many achievements of each graduate and our December 2018 ceremony was no exception!

Students who exhibited outstanding achievement were honored with specialized awards. Jason L. was named Top Technician. Awards were also presented for AMT Perfect Attendance, AMT Outstanding Attendance, and the FAA Award.

Graduation is only the beginning. We can’t wait to see what each of these newly-minted alumni will achieve in the aviation industry and beyond.