Aviation Maintainers Still In Demand
While airline travel is down about 90 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, aircraft maintenance technicians remain in high demand, according to Trey Bryson, senior vice president of operations for Aviation Technical Services.
“Even in this trying time, qualified folks and good quality folks that have experience are hard to come by,” said Bryson.
ATS is in charge of dozens of planes parked at the Kansas City International Airport that are grounded by the airlines. Even though those planes are not currently flying, they require weekly maintenance by certified aircraft technicians. So do cargo planes and planes carrying medical equipment.
Patrick Nelson, community outreach representative for Aviation Institute of Maintenance, said, “This industry needs so many mechanics that all of the aviation schools combined are not graduating enough graduates for this industry.”
This is a key reason why the school is not slowing down, even with the pandemic causing chaos among the airline industry. The school has adapted to stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines by moving instruction online.
“Right now we went through one of the worst things most of us have ever experienced in our lifetime and aviation maintenance mechanics are still working, so I encourage anyone who wants to get into a solid career that’s going to be in demand for a very long time, this is it,” Nelson said.