Aviation Institute of Maintenance Joins AAR EAGLE Career Pathway program to offer students competitive skills training and post-grad job opportunities
Written by Nicole Gleaton
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), the largest provider of new aviation maintenance technicians to the industry, announces its partnership with AAR (NYSE: AIR), the largest maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operator in North America, to provide students with onsite job training and mentorship at AAR’s hangars and the opportunity to graduate with a job offer through the EAGLE Career Pathway program.
“The Aviation Institute of Maintenance is a valuable source of talent for AAR, and with our EAGLE Career Pathway program, we can provide them with even earlier job experience and skills training to accelerate their aviation careers,” said AAR Vice President of Maintenance Workforce Development. “With more airline fleets flying than ever before, the demand for AMTs is rapidly growing. We are excited to partner with AIM to introduce students to the various specializations and paths they can pursue as an AMT, and offer them the opportunity to work within our global MRO network.”
As a top employer of AIM graduates, AAR’s EAGLE Pathway initiative adds a new internship component to AIM’s 23-month Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program. During the program, students will travel to a site visit to one of AAR’s MRO facilities, located in Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Miami, Duluth, Minnesota and Rockford, Illinois, for initial onsite mentoring. During their winter and spring breaks, the students will return to the site for an AMT internship with the AAR team. “The mentorship and internship aspects of the EAGLE Career Pathway program will offer students hands-on experience within the authentic MRO work environment,” said Dr. Joel English, AIM’s Vice President of Operations. “Students who are selected for this program will benefit from authentic work experience and will be front-running candidates for a professional role at AAR or any other professional aviation maintenance organization upon graduation.”
The students who graduate from the AIM and EAGLE Pathway programs will be extended job offers to join AAR’s team as an entry-level AMT. They also have the option to continue the EAGLE Career Pathway program to obtain an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate or pursue another of AAR’s career pathways including maintenance operations, management, quality control and safety — and become eligible for tuition reimbursement from AAR upon completion.
A recent Boeing study forecasts the aviation industry will demand 769,000 new aircraft mechanics through 2038, with 193,000 needed in North America alone. This joint effort by AIM and AAR aims to provide a clear pathway for students and skilled technicians for today’s workforce in response to that shortage. “The job outlook for certified aviation mechanics has never been higher in the US and around the world,” said Dr. English, “And the EAGLE Pathway Program will equip our graduates with experience within the professional environment as they attend school.” Additionally, AAR will provide AIM instructors with free aircraft MRO training to instructors, so they are better equipped to prepare students for the workforce.
As part of AIM and the City of Norfolk’s joint venture, Fly Norfolk, Ryan Goertzen, Vice President of Aviation Workforce Development for AAR, will join the Career Day sessions on July 24-25 to talk to 10-12 year-old summer camp participants about aircraft repair and the field of aviation maintenance. Additionally, AAR’s EAGLE Career Pathway information will be available at all AIM campuses.
AIM Vice President of Operations Joel English, and Ryan Goertzen will finalize the partnership agreement in a formal signing alongside Norfolk community leaders on July 25 in Norfolk. For more information about AAR’s EAGLE Career Pathway program, click here.
About Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.
AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 6,000 people in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include parts supply; OEM solutions; integrated solutions; maintenance, repair, overhaul; and engineering. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include mobility systems and composite manufacturing operations. Additional information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.