Aircraft Maintenance Technology

JUN-JUL 2018

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18 JUNE/JULY 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY OUTLOOK How are Schools Facing Today's Workforce Challenges? And how will the industry get the aircraft technicians it needs? By Barb Zuehlke The forecasts for the industry’s need for aircraft, mechanics, and pilots reflect aviation’s growth trend. The numbers from Boeing, Oliver Wyman, Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC), and others show the importance of aviation training. The question is how will the industry get the aircraft technicians it needs? A recent report from ATEC found that aviation maintenance technician schools produce about 60 percent of new mechanics and the military and on-the-job training account for the rest. In a report prepared for the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) by Oliver Wyman and released at ARSA’s annual Legislative Day in March, the demand for aircraft mechanics will outstrip the available supply by 2022 (See arsa.org/news-media/economic-data). (Also see Dr. Bill Johnson’s article in this issue.) Aircraft Maintenance Technology talked to several Part 147 schools and MROs on the challenges and the solutions. What Are The Challenges? Challenges include the need to promote aircraft maintenance as a career, lack of resources, lack of students, and the difference in what the FAA mandates and what the curriculum should be for today’s aircraft. This spring, bills in the house (H.R. 5701) and senate (2506) were introduced in support of the curriculum change. “The biggest challenge we are facing today,” says Jeffrey Krein, AMT instructor, Northland Community and Technical College, in Thief River Falls, MN, “is that high school graduates don’t know that working on aircraft could be a career. By the time I see students at career fairs, they have already

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