Wipaire launches Gateway to Success Program for A&P students

BRAINERD, Minn. — Wipaire has launched a new program designed to develop and retain talented young airframe and powerplant mechanics.

The Gateway to Success program is comprised of several checkpoints for aspiring maintenance technicians.

Interested students must first apply for a paid summer internship opportunity, where they will work with an experienced Wipaire mechanic to gain real-world experience across all facets of Wipaire’s services offerings, company officials said. One year of experience in an airframe and powerplant school is required.

Upon satisfactory completion of their internship, the intern may be called back for an additional summer internship while still in school. If a full-time employment position is open at the time of the intern’s graduation, the intern will have the requisite skills and experience to be a top candidate for the position, Wipaire officials noted.

“Wipaire believes in developing a skilled workforce to meet our expanding needs,” stated Paul Wells, Vice President of Aircraft Services-Minnesota. “This program allows us to equip young maintenance technicians with an employable skill set, as well as developing the professional attitude necessary to succeed in today’s employment environment. The Gateway to Success program will develop talent here in Minnesota, and ensure that skilled young technicians have access to good aviation jobs.”

Chuck Wiplinger, Ppresident and COO, added “General aviation is responsible for over 4,100 jobs in Minnesota, which contributes over $3 billion annually to the state economy. The industry is responsible for over $287 million in payroll in Minnesota alone. General aviation companies like Wipaire provide good jobs in a variety of capacities. The Gateway to Success program is part of our commitment to develop and retain talented employees in the general aviation industry.”

Interested applicants can apply by filling out Wipaire’s online job application or by emailing their resume to hr@wipaire.com.

For over 50 years, Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing a line of aircraft floats for all sizes of aircraft from the Piper Cub to the Viking Twin Otter, including most single engine Cessna aircraft. In addition, Wipaire has engineered more than 100 Supplemental Type Certificated modifications. Wipaire offers maintenance, avionics installation and repair, custom interior design and installation, and exterior paint refinishing.

For more information: Wipaire.com


  1. Dan Colburn says

    Hi, I wonder how many people in Minnesota appreciate Ben Wiplinger. He was a great guy! He didn’t tolerate fools. A real craftsman, builder and of course, designer of those floats.
    Dan Colburn

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