YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics hosts a open day at its Youngstown campus this weekend.
Institute administration and employers will be on hand to discuss careers in aviation maintenance at the event scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 26 at 1453 Youngstown-Kingsville Road NE. Attendees can tour classrooms and the campus hangar, learn about the 16-month program, see interactive demonstrations, meet professors, and interact with current students.
“We are extremely pleased to continue our tradition of introducing PIA to prospective students and offering our employers the opportunity to share information about the positions they are recruiting for,” said Suzanne Markle, President and CEO of Non-profit PIA.
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The administration and employers will also discuss trends in aviation maintenance vocational training, according to a statement. An aging workforce and shortage of trained airframe and powertrain technicians are prompting employers to invest in recruiting serious candidates from pre-registration.
Some 132,000 qualified aircraft maintenance technicians will be needed in North America by 2040 – 626,000 worldwide, according to Boeing Technician Outlook.
Additionally, according to the US Department of Labor, through 2030, jobs in aircraft maintenance and avionics will grow at a rate of 11%.
PIA is also looking to recruit more women into the industry. Of the 306,301 licensed airline mechanics in the United States, only 7,860 (2.6%) identify as women. Training school enrollment trends show the number is increasing, the statement said. Currently, 8% of PIA students identify as female.
“Employers come to PIA to begin the recruiting process as early as Semester 1 and even partner to raise career awareness prior to enrollment, which indicates high demand,” Markle said. “Once enrolled, employers more frequently track student progress through graduation, and it is increasingly common for a student to receive a job offer before graduation under subject to passing the federal exam.”
On average, PIA graduates accept a full-time position within 50 days of graduation, according to the release.
“In addition, employers are extending pre-graduation job offers contingent on passing the federal exam, often with signing bonuses starting at $2,500 and up, as well as relocation packages, job growth and management planning, and in-kind donations such as maintenance tools. are increasingly common in helping graduates choose an employer,” said Mindy L. Pavilonis, Associate Director of Career Services at PIA.
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