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.
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.