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The report from the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) found that while there are more than 286,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics, 27 percent of the workforce is aged 64 and above.
The large gap between the demand for trained workers and the number of new employees entering the aviation mechanics industry is problematic.
Boeing projects in its 2016 Pilot and Technician Outlook that 679,000 new maintenance technicians will be needed to maintain the world’s airlines over the next 20 years. Airlines in North America specifically will require 127,000 maintenance personnel, the report said.
According to the ATEC report, enrollment in all Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) schools totals nearly 17,800, but the program’s capacity is more than 34,000. And while A&P program capacity has increased by 2 percent in the last 18 months, enrollment has decreased by 2 percent.
Middletown City Council expressed an interest in partnering with Cincinnati State and other organizations to develop an electronics lab to train people to become FAA certified avionics or aircraft electronics technicians that could begin as early as this summer.
City Manager Doug Adkins told council that Cincinnati State would like to develop an aviation maintenance programs with designs to eventually become a fully certified program to supply workers for FAA certified maintenance positions. Adkins said this would be modeled after the program Cincinnati State operates at its in Harrison campus and the adjacent Cincinnati State West Airport, which the college owns.
The city is being asked to donate about $30,000 toward the total costs of nearly $150,000 to develop an avionics laboratory at the college’s Middletown campus that would expand its electronics lab to include this program, Adkins said. He said additional details would come as discussions continue with Cincinnati State on the proposed partnership.
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