Pilots aren’t the only talent shortage the aviation industry is seeing these days as an estimated 610,000 new maintenance technicians will need to be hired globally to meet industry demand over the next 20 years.
To fill this deficit, California Aeronautical University’s aviation maintenance technology program is training students to maintain and repair aircraft engines, propellers, hydraulic systems, avionics, and more during the 17-month program—22 months if students opt for their associate degree. The program is offered at CAU’s main campus in Bakersfield, California.
“I’ve heard the median salary for aircraft mechanics and technicians has risen 11 percent in just two years. However, we see that number being surpassed with companies like Vertex and Airline Regionals offering mid to high $40 per-hour for basic experience,” said Sam Scanlon, JSfirm.com managing partner. “Companies are bringing it.”
CAU’s AMT program launched in 2020 and boasts an accelerated program, test prep, and résumé and job placement assistance. Graduates of the program will also receive a 263-piece tool set from Sonic Tools, easing a pricey burden for many AMT students and recent graduates.
Students of the program will receive their hands-on, in-person training at CAU’s 32,000-square-foot aircraft maintenance lab that features individual workstations and electrical boxes that allow students to practice on equipment they may encounter in the workplace. CAU also offers on-campus housing and dining and has been approved to accept veteran education benefits.