Aviation Maintenance Technicians are in Demand!
A report commissioned by the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) and the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) reflects a downturn in the availability of qualified aviation maintenance technicians. The data is a first step in looking at the problem realistically. Until now, unreliable statistical reporting has failed to spotlight this growing concern. David Lombardo of the Associated Press looks at the shortage and explores how the industry can alleviate the problem in his article “Aviation Industry Short on Qualified Maintenance Technicians.”
Reports of pilot shortages have been prevalent over the past few years. But, a potential maintenance personnel shortage in the aviation industry hasn’t received much press, despite the increasing challenges of recruiting students for this field. Admittedly, this labor shortage is not universal throughout the U.S. Some regions are experiencing more shortfalls than others.
Wages, employment variations, the availability of aviation maintenance certification programs and public funding for higher education across the U.S. all play a role in this issue. With a large number of aviation maintenance technicians reaching retirement age now and in the near future, the potential ramifications may be just coming to light. However, there is still time for the industry, the government and educational institutions to address the burgeoning problem before it becomes overwhelming.
Brett Levanto, director of operations for Obadal, Filler, MacLeod and Klein, is optimistic about the industry’s ability to overcome the problem, and ARSA executive VP counsels those involved to start strategizing within their communities, reiterating the old adage, “think globally, act locally.”
The entire article can be read at “Aviation Industry Short on Qualified Maintenance Technicians.”