Tampa Bay Student Council – January 2018

NAA—Tampa Bay’s Student Council held a meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Students and staff collaborated on follow-up items and new business.

Student Council meeting on January 11, 2018
Student Council meeting on January 11, 2018

Follow-up items included:

  • A pop-up for the hangar is pending approval.
  • Obtaining nonprofit status for the Student Council food cart is in talks.
  • Installation of a flagpole on campus is being researched.
  • Student flashcard sets have gone through production and have been delivered!

New business included:

  • Updates are being made to ensure high quality performance in the student computer lab.
  • A Resource Fair will be held on 02/15/18 from 2 PM to 4 PM. Eleven organizations will be on campus to communicate potential resources for NAA students. Contact student services for more details!

The next Student Council meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 8, 2018.

Industry Reps Visit NAA-Tampa Bay

Excitement is building for NAA’s first Career Fair of 2018. With industry representatives from across the country here in the Tampa Bay Area, many are taking extra time to visit with students and discuss what their companies are looking for in new hire personnel.  Please see the schedule below to know who will be onsite and when.

1/17/2018 Presentation Schedule:

Embraer –  Onsite at 10 AM (AM and PM shift presentations)

SkyWest Airlines – Onsite at 10 AM (AM and PM shift presentations)

Pratt & Whitney – Onsite at 1 PM (AM and PM shift presentations)

PSA Airlines – Onsite at 2 PM (AM and PM shift presentations)

Endeavor Air – Onsite at 4:30 PM  (PM shift presentations only)

GE Aviation – Onsite at 4:30 PM (PM shift presentations only)

*Presentations are open to current students ONLY.

NAA’s courses in Aviation Maintenance and Advanced Aircraft Systems have been designed so that individuals may gain an in-depth education, preparing them for work in the aviation maintenance industry. According to Boeing’s 2017-2036 Pilot & Technician Outlook over 648,000 new aviation maintenance technicians will be needed over the next 20 years. Each of today’s presentations will highlight the critical needs of the industry and what students can do to be prepared for the workforce.

For more information, call (800) 659-2080.

Aviation Maintenance Trends for 2018

2018 is a great time to be (or become) an aircraft mechanic.  The global increase in air travel is driving trends in aircraft purchasing and, of course, more aircraft means more mechanics will be needed to maintain them. In fact, Boeing has found that 648,000 new aviation maintenance technicians will be needed to meet the demands of the industry over the next twenty years.*

Two dominant trends will affect the aviation maintenance workforce in 2018: the need for new skillsets and an increasing demand for qualified technicians.

New Skillsets

The introduction of new aircraft means that aircraft maintenance personnel will need to be trained to operate on new machines with changing technology. Not only are there new avionics in the cockpits of these aircraft but there is a growing need to retrofit the avionics in many models of older aircraft. Even aircraft that are less than a decade old will need to be retrofitted because of the rapid changes in technology.

In addition to developments in avionics, changes in aircraft materials are rewriting the maintenance requirements of new and retrofitted aircraft. Composites have traditionally been used to make structural components of the aircraft and are now being used increasingly within the airplane itself. Floors and floor beams, for example, are now made of high-strength composite material. Working with composites requires new maintenance skills and, therefore, training.

Increasing Demand

The anticipated mechanic retirements over the next 10 to 20 years will significantly affect the need for aircraft mechanics. Whether you are already working in aviation maintenance or are researching how to make the transition, there are currently more open jobs than qualified individuals to fills the positions. Retirements will only add to this number.

Call (800) 659-2080 (Tampa Bay campus)  or (800) 292-3228 (New England campus) to learn more about NAA’s aviation maintenance courses.

*According to Boeing’s 2017-2036 Pilot & Technician Outlook