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Technicians’ Skills put on Display at Dallas Show


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Hundreds of maintenance workers from all over America recently gathered together in Dallas for the Aerospace Maintenance Competition at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

These unsung workhorses of the aviation industry go largely uncredited, but their necessary skills and hard work were on full display at the convention.

“It’s to give some pride to the people who are in the business and let them show off their knowledge, skills and abilities […] Every single airline is looking for people,”
said John Goglia – former member of the National Transportation Safety Board and Aerospace Maintenance Council president. The Aerospace Maintenance Council is the coordinator of the event.

Not only does the event spawn a great competition for these ambitious individuals, but also gives them exposure to potential employers. This turns it into more of an audition than a competition – It almost resembles an “America’s Got Talent” of the aviation repair industry.

Many potential employers are doing their best to entice younger people into going into the aircraft overhaul and repair field. With so many of the current professionals retiring, almost every single airline is looking for young talent to replace them. Estimates indicate over 100,000 new technicians will be needed in the next two decades due to so many veterans of the industry retiring.

The job typically requires two years of training to receive certification, but the salary and benefits from MRO service providers are worth it. National Aviation Academy student Nick Sauls described the benefits and opportunities this competition provides.

“We leave with jobs,” said Sauls,

“I don’t want just a job, I want a career. There are so many different things you can do in this industry.”

The winner of the fifty-one team competition receives a trophy featuring a bust of Charles Taylor, the mechanic who worked on engines for the Wright Brothers.

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