LAKELAND, Fla .– Aircraft mechanics say they need more help, but it’s hard to find these days. The airline industry is sorely lacking in mechanics.
“It’s always difficult to get all the planes out. We are understaffed, so more mechanics are needed, ”said aircraft mechanic Ronil Beato.
“There is such a need for aircraft maintenance technicians in the industry that it’s no fun. Every airline is in panic mode and doesn’t know where to get their mechanics, ”said John Detrick, director and chief instructor of the International Aerotech Academy.
Many aircraft mechanics took early retirement or were made redundant during the pandemic and did not return. To attract potential candidates to the industry, Lakeland’s International Aerotech Academy is partnering with manufacturer Piper Aircraft.
“This is really the first initiative of its kind in the maintenance world where you have a former manufacturer. Piper An aircraft manufacturer that not only offers a course program but also financial incentives to students, ”said Steven Markhoff, President and CEO of the International Aerotech Academy.
Aerotech Academy students will have the chance to have an interview with Piper Aircraft before starting the semester on October 28.
Successful students will receive a conditional job offer, a signing bonus of $ 3,000 and a tuition allowance of $ 2,400 per year for up to 10 years. The average starting salary for a mechanic is $ 40,000 per year.
Aerotech Academy said this is an opportunity to strengthen the talent pool.
“Our goal is to make it fun, to make it educational, and ultimately to produce cell and powerhouse mechanisms that can be used locally and around the world,” said Detrick.
If you would like to apply to Aerotech Academy, email [email protected] or call 863-401-592.