ATEC hosted a webinar to give its members an overview of the new partnership with the Talent Solutions Coalition (TSC). Headquartered at the National Center for Aviation Training, the TSC operates as a nation-wide talent supply chain for the aviation industry. Supply chain members include higher education institutions with industry-recognized aviation programs and leading providers of aerospace and aviation technical certifications.
ATEC’s partnership with TSC provides discounted resources to council members looking to expand their workforce development capabilities and deliver more aviation career opportunities—at all levels: managerial, supervisory and technical—to their students. ATEC members receive reduced rates on TSC membership, providing access to the employer-driven talent solution project, and technical and soft-skills curricula.
For more information contact TSC Executive Director Tim Shaver, or download the program overview presentation or listen to the pre-recorded webinar about the partnership.
The Aero Skills Metal Bashers Tour comes to Seattle, Friday March 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm. This is the final competition of Aero Skills inaugural tour and will be held the evening preceding the ATEC Annual Conference at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center.
The competitive event, sponsored by ATEC and CertTEC®, will be the eighth competition of the Metal Bashers Tour, created to raise awareness of aircraft trades opportunities and showcase the skills of aviation technicians. Jay Logie, President of Aircraft Technologies Group, developers of the event, said, “It’s great to have both ATEC and CertTEC® join ATG and Aviation NETWorX in sponsoring the Seattle Aero Skills venue. It is an excellent opportunity for aviation industry partners and the aero trade school community to see first hand and especially for aero trades students and journey people to compete in the Aero Skills ‘Top Gun’ competition.”
Technicians will compete in four skill-testing events highlighting quality, productivity, and teamwork. The 'Top Gun,' ‘Rivet Shoot’, ‘Clean Cut’ and ‘Out the Window’ events, performed on sections of an aircraft structure, require skills to quickly and cleanly carry out fundamental aircraft structure work. The winning performance is judged as the best work combined with the quickest time, measured against specifically rigorous standards and strict specifications from the aerospace industry.
The event is open to the general public, admission is free. All Annual Conference attendees are encouraged to attend.
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABBA) is now taking applications for its 2017 maintenance scholarship.
Most aircraft maintenance students and/or recent graduates are eligible to apply for four of the six 2017 scholarships (up to nine total awards are available). All aircraft maintenance students are encouraged to apply for any of the scholarships that she or he is eligible for, which could be all four in some cases. The Flight Safety Maintenance Professional Award (valued at $18,000 plus additional travel/lodging allowance) will be awarded to a 2016 or spring 2017 graduate that holds an A&P license.
The CABAA is a grassroots organization formed by business aviation professionals for the purpose of offering our members relevant information, training, and networking experiences to enhance the quality and quantity of business aviation operations in the Chicagoland area.
The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017. For more information and to apply visit http://www.cabaa.com/cabaa-scholarship.
Headquartered at the National Center for Aviation Training, the Talent Solutions Coalition (TSC) operates as a nation-wide talent supply chain for the aviation industry. Supply chain members include higher education institutions with industry-recognized aviation programs and leading providers of aerospace and aviation technical certifications.
TSC has captured national and industry attention with its innovative business model and approach to helping aviation employers meet talent acquisition needs. Read more about TSC as featured in Inside Higher Education and AMT Magazine.
ATEC’s partnership with TSC will provide discounted resources to council members looking to expand their workforce development capabilities and deliver more aviation career opportunities—at all levels: managerial, supervisory and technical--to their students. Under the auspices of the partnership, ATEC members receive reduced rates on TSC membership, providing access to the employer-driven talent solution project, and technical and soft-skills curricula.
TSC also serves as an industry Center of Excellence to share best practices in talent planning management. TSC leaders will be presenting at the ATEC Annual Conference in Seattle April 1-3. And TSC members will be attending the coalition's Talent Planning Management Forum, March 23-24 in Wichita, KS. Leaders from SpaceTEC, St. Louis Community College, the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Vincennes University, Inside Higher Education, ExpressJet Airlines and the Airlines for America Association will be among featured forum presenters.
A focused effort to provide clear and attractive paths from aviation technician programs to the industry would help fill the demand gap for qualified maintenance employees, new survey data reveals.
The survey, conducted by the Aviation Technician Education Council, found that 25% of all graduates from FAA-certified aviation maintenance technician schools (AMTS) do not end up pursuing aviation careers. This means that from the respondent group alone—47 of the 178 FAA-certificated AMTS—roughly 750 graduates in 2015 were lost to other industries.
Further, 40% of graduates don’t sit for the exam for the FAA airframe and powerplant (A&P) license they’ve worked to earn. While some graduates may obtain mechanic certification later, the survey results help quantify the level of workforce bleed plaguing aviation maintenance.
“The loss of qualified technicians to competing industries is a significant concern for airlines, business aviation operators, and aviation maintenance providers,” said Ryan Goertzen, President of ATEC and Chief Aviation and Academic Officer of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. “This survey shows that there is a significant low-hanging-fruit opportunity to help bridge the gap between our industry’s schools and its employers.”
Aviation’s growth is driving demand for more technicians. Boeing’s latest workforce forecast projects that 679,000 additional technicians will be needed in the next 20 years to support the airline fleet alone. More than 110,000 of these will be needed in North America.
While there is no question that the aviation industry is facing a technician shortage, getting a handle on the issue’s scope—the first step in solving the problem—is a challenge. ATEC is leading an effort to more accurately define aviation maintenance jobs and have the updated definitions apply to government classifications. This will help quantify the number of certified technicians versus total aviation maintenance employees, for instance.
ATEC is spearheading several grassroots efforts that link aspiring technicians with employers. The association is drafting guidance to support career-pipeline programs such as dual-enrollment programs with high schools. ATEC also is holding several workforce development and employer-educator networking events at its 2017 annual conference, Apr. 1-3 in Seattle.
Among the ATEC survey’s other notable findings:
“The survey quantifies what we already know, namely that schools are reacting to the needs of company employers, notwithstanding regulatory limitations on what they can teach, and that we need to do some work to ensure students retain the interest that drew them to aviation in the first place,” said Crystal Maguire, ATEC Executive Director. “The council will therefore focus on development and cultivation of education-employer relationships to enhance curriculum, better equip schools and create career paths for future airmen.”
Out of the 178 AMTS in FAA’s database 47 provided complete responses to the survey. Of the schools that responded, 65% were public institutions (in line with the actual demographic—78% of AMTS are public schools). The AMTS community is composed mostly of smaller institutions, with 62% of survey respondents reporting fewer than 50 graduates in 2015. The average graduation rate was 70%.
For more information on the survey, see the online summary or contact ATEC.
About ATEC: ATEC is a partnership of aviation maintenance training schools and employers. The council is dedicated to promoting and supporting technician education through its communications, advocacy programs and networking events.
Stay tuned for updates on everything ATEC members need to know as well as ways that you can help the council and the AMTS community.