NORFOLK, Va. (August 24, 2021) – Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) and Piedmont Airlines are proud to announce an expanded partnership to provide Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) students with necessary training and a conditional offer of employment through a beta test tuition payment program. Through this new Tuition Payment Program, a limited number of students will receive a conditional offer of employment with Piedmont Airlines and full payment of tuition and fees as they work toward their AMT certificate
Upon successful completion of the 12- month program and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airframe and Powerplant examination and licensing, students will have the opportunity to work for American Airline’s premier east-coast regional carrier, Piedmont Airlines at one their six maintenance base locations.
Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s AMT program will be condensed to allow for students to complete the program and become employed in about a year. In addition, AIM will provide an employer grant match of 20 percent of its standard tuition cost and grants can be utilized to cover remaining program costs.
“We are excited to be able to continue to expand and enhance our partnership with the Aviation Institute of Maintenance,” said Jessica Weney, Senior Maintenance Recruiter for Piedmont Airlines. “This partnership will provide a more accessible opportunity for students wishing to pursue a career in aviation maintenance while creating a talent pipeline for Piedmont well into the future.”
Said Ashley Oden, Campus Executive Director, “We are thrilled to be working with Piedmont Airlines to bring this incredible opportunity to those who seek a future in aircraft maintenance. With the overwhelming demand for aircraft mechanics now and in future years, it’s impressive to see an employer investing in the training of their future workforce. We look forward to working with them to produce well trained and highly qualified team members.”
With two maintenance bases and Piedmont’s Corporate Headquarters less than 150 miles away, AIM’s Norfolk campus is centrally located to recruit new AMT’s to Piedmont while staying close to home. AIM and Piedmont will be hosting an open house on Saturday, August 28, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to interview potential candidates at AIM’s Norfolk campus. Interested applicants can call Ashley Oden at 757-363-2121 for more information or stop by the Open House at 2329 E. Little Creek Road, Norfolk, VA 23518 on August 28.
About Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast in the United States and headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando, and Norfolk. Learn more at www.AviationMaintenance.edu or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AIM.edu.
About Piedmont Airlines
Piedmont Airlines, Inc. is a premier regional carrier of American Airlines, providing service both on the ground and in the air across the United States. Every day, nearly 9,000 aviation professionals foster a mission of caring, compliance and communication on and off the airfield. Piedmont is headquartered in Salisbury, Maryland, and operates a fleet of Embraer 145 regional jets. Piedmont Airlines’ ground handling team can be found in more than 80 airports across the United States providing award winning ground service to passengers of American Airlines. Learn more about what’s happening at Piedmont by visiting https://piedmont-airlines.com/and connect with Piedmont on Twitter @piedmontair and atFacebook.com/workforpiedmont/.
The FAA recently released revised versions of the FAA mechanic test sample exams (dated Aug. 12, 2021), for general, airframe, and powerplant. The sample exams are intended to provide a representative sample of the types of questions that a mechanic applicant will see on the actual knowledge tests. They are suitable for study material, but are not necessarily actual test questions.
This latest series of sample mechanic exams are still keyed to Learning Statement Codes (LCSs), unlike their pilot test counterparts which key each question to published airman certification standards. The Mechanic Airman Certification Standard is still in draft form, and is expected to be published by the FAA this fall. Until then, students will continue to reference the legacy Learning Statement Reference Guide, when evaluating subject areas shown to be deficient on the knowledge test.
ATEC Executive Director Crystal Maguire participated in Aviation Week Network's MRO Podcast, Back To School, highlighting the shift to digital learning for aviation technical schools in response to the pandemic. Listen here, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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On Aug. 5, ATEC and its sister organization, Choose Aerospace, joined AMFA, ARSA, AAR Corp., the Teamsters, the STEM Education Coalition, and the Universal Technical Institute, calling on President Biden to take specific action in support of aviation technical workforce development.
In its plea, the group cited the long-standing workforce crises that has only been exacerbated by the pandemic, and asked the administration to take the following actions:
(1) Increase funding for the FAA workforce grant programs
(2) Better facilitate military-to-civilian career transitions
(3) Support establishment of National Center for Advancement of Aviation (see S. 1752 and H.R. 3482)
(4) Support positive messaging about transportation careers (see S. 1681 and H.R. 3310)
The letter acts as a roadmap for the coalition's advocacy efforts moving forward, many of which align with ATEC's legislative priorities. Read the entire letter here.
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.