Technician wages at Constant Aviation are in the top 2% in the US, after the firm increased pay by a further 10% this year. The US-based maintenance provider is also improving its maintenance apprenticeship programme. The two-year programme will see apprentices work alongside aircraft technicians, as well as in the classroom and laboratory. Apprentices can also acquire the FAA Airframe Certification.
“With the private aviation industry experiencing record growth, rising demand for technical work on aircraft has squeezed MRO staffing industrywide,” said David H. Davies, Constant Aviation’s CEO. “We are meeting the demand through initiatives including an expanded Maintenance Apprenticeship Program that gives prospective technicians the experience and skills they need for careers in aviation through on-the-job training and classroom and online education.”
The Maintenance Apprenticeship Program is available at Constant Aviation’s main MRO facilities at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Ohio and Orlando Sanford International Airport, Florida. No prior experience is required, according to the firm, and apprentices will become full-time employees, eligible for benefits, earning an hourly wage, and receiving pay increases as they move through the programme.
“Constant Aviation’s Maintenance Apprenticeship Program provides anyone interested in a high-paying career in aviation with the training and experience they need to get started – with no experience required, at no cost and while earning a salary,” said Davies. “It’s a wonderful opportunity, especially for ambitious, hardworking people who may not have the means to acquire an expensive education but want access to success and opportunity.”
The enhanced programme is the latest step in the effort to attract new talent and create a pipeline of qualified employees to ensure aircraft maintenance in the long-term.
Constant is also recruiting established technicians by offering a $15,000 signing bonus for successful military veteran candidates. The firm’s current workforce consists 40% of veterans.
Constant also offers a $2,000 signing bonus for other successful technical position candidates and grants up to $8,000 to successful aircraft-on-ground (AOG) technician candidates following the completion of their first year.