Last summer, the aviation maintenance technician airman certification standards (AMT ACS) working group made recommendation to the FAA that the agency properly consider new testing standards during its development of the new part 147.
The group requested that once static curriculum requirements are removed from part 147, that the agency utilize the AMT ACS as the basis for training curriculum, which would provide standardization across testing and training. It argued that since the AMT ACS will be continually revised and updated, it would be the perfect vehicle to ensure that both training and testing are in line with industry needs as technology evolves.
The FAA Aircraft Maintenance Division disagreed, stating that it will instead base curriculum requirements on a 2007 ARAC working group recommendation which envisioned a maintenance training review board (MTRB) to provide ongoing curriculum recommendations and changes.
In a subsequent letter (dated March 12 but officially presented at a June Aviaiton Rulemaking Advisory Committee meeting), the working group contends that “reliance on old information to the detriment of new initiatives does a disservice to the industry and all hard-working [volunteers] and agency participants." It asserts that given the subsequent development of the AMT ACS, a separate curriculum standard and governing board is unnecessary and would only enable a greater divide between testing and training.
Implementation of new AMT ACS is expected in 2020. The community is awaiting a supplement to the 2015 part 147 notice of proposed rulemaking, anticipated to publish in August.
More information on the Airman Certification Standards is here.
A timeline and background information on part 147 rulemaking is here.
On June 13, representatives from ATEC and the STEM Education Coalition met with policy staff from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
ATEC is a longstanding member of the coalition’s leadership council and represents aviation employers, vendors, and educational institutions with maintenance technician programs.
Crystal Maguire, Executive Director of ATEC and Ryan Goertzen, Past ATEC President and Chief Aviation and Academic Officer at Spartan College, took the opportunity to highlight the imminent shortage of aviation technicians in the U.S. workforce.
The pair also voiced concerns with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 147, the regulation dictating aviation maintenance education curriculum requirements, which hasn’t been significantly updated since 1962. They highlighted the long-standing issue as one that exacerbates ever-growing workforce shortage concerns.
Several follow-on initiatives are planned to communicate and educate the current administration on matters impacting aviation maintenance education, and to ensure the aviation community is considered in federal initiatives surrounding workforce development.
ATEC is offering a series of online training on topics of interest to aviation maintenance technician instructors and administrators. All courses run 30-60 minutes, registered attendees will receive an attendance certificate to aid continuing education, at the conclusion of the webinar.
Members receive the discounted member rate of $35 per course ($70 for non-members). To verify membership status, visit the Members page.
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.