Each year ATEC compiles information about FAA airframe and powerplant mechanic certificate holders, the aviation maintenance technician schools that prepare the majority of those individuals for careers in aviation maintenance, and the companies that employ maintenance professionals.
ATEC publishes this compilation annually as The Pipeline Report.
The 2021 edition covers the period since the last version was published in April 2020. Since then, the aviation industry has been hit with the most significant decline in terms of both depth and duration in the history of commercial air transport.
With a struggling airline industry as a backdrop, this year’s report takes a close look at the implications of airline capacity cuts on maintenance demand and pandemic-induced reductions in student enrollment and maintenance certification, and how those factors might affect the future mechanic pipeline.