Aircraft Technologies Group (ATG) has launched two new programs to combat the impending shortage of skilled aviation maintenance technicians.
“Younger people are not being attracted to the aero maintenance trades in sufficient numbers to replace the older technicians that are retiring, nor to compensate for the expected industry growth,” said Jay Logie, founder and CEO of ATG. “These two programs are aimed at attracting young people and to provide hiring companies access to thousands of qualified individuals. It’s time for a new approach.”
Aviation NETWorX and the Aero Skills Tournament, under development for five years, are now live online with a full market Beta test, he noted.
Aviation NETWorX is an integrated, data connection system and virtual office providing aircraft maintenance, manufacturing companies and trade schools access to thousands of skilled people at the click of a mouse.
The NETWorX platform is a self-serve, multi-port system based upon the philosophy ATG has used to vet skilled tradespeople successfully for the past 17 years, according to company officials.
Aero Skills Tournament
Aero Skills Tournament (AST), administered through NETWorX, is a platform to raise awareness and create excitement to attract and draw people into the aviation trades from trade school and industry communities.
The outreach campaign uses competition events designed to plant the seed with the younger generation about careers in the aviation maintenance field, company officials explained.
More than 40 Part 147 schools have expressed interest in the program. Exhibition events are planned for this year, with regional and national competitions in 2017.