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Our nation faces critical projected shortages of skilled aviation maintenance professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a faster than average job growth for aircraft technicians of five percent from 2019 to 2029.* The Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) estimates a need for more than 10,000 mechanics annually to meet national market demand (approximately 2,700 mechanics each year in addition to the 2019 high point of 7,363 mechanics who achieved FAA certification).** Globally, Boeing projects a need for 739,000 new maintenance technicians over the next 20 years to support the commercial aviation, business aviation, and helicopter industries.*** With 33 percent of the nation’s mechanic population age 60 or above, and an average FAA mechanic age of 52 (10 years older than the median U.S. worker), looming retirements will further strain the nation’s talent pool. Penn College was awarded an Aviation Workforce Development Grant of $214,500 from the FAA to help bolster the numbers of individuals entering these rewarding careers.

July 18-22, 2022

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What is an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT)?

Here’s what Matt Krepps, a faculty member, has to say:

Airframe and Powerplant technicians are needed to repair and maintain everything from gliders to emergency medical helicopters and corporate commuter jets to big airliners. If it flies in the U.S., it needs an AMT to look after it. The trained eye of the AMT must pay attention to the most minuscule of details when it comes to inspections. The AMT must also be able do repairs ranging some simple skin patches to complex structural repairs. AMTs are dealing more and more with complex electrical and electronic systems onboard modern aircraft which requires more than just a cursory knowledge of electricity. That’s why at Penn College we focus on a wide range of STEM skills like calculating circuit impedance, aircraft weight and balance, sheet metal set-back, and much more using many different formulas in the process. Students spend about one-third of their time in lecture, learning the basic principles of each subject, and then they spend the rest of their time in hands-on labs working on real industry equipment. Many of the skills required to be an AMT are only acquirable via direct, hands-on learning using the actual aircraft tools and equipment of the industry. This method of teaching is extremely expensive, but vital to the success of any aircraft maintenance training program.

High School Students

Learn more about the exciting careers in aviation maintenance through participation in one of our signature on-campus events:

Aviation Mini-Camp

An action-packed weekend on campus learning what it takes to earn the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificates.

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Aviation Pre-College Program

Spend a week this summer at Penn College taking a deep dive into all things aviation!

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Schedule a tour

Schedule a tour of the Lumley Aviation Center, home to 20 college-owned aircraft including a Boeing 727!

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Teachers/School Counselors

You have the opportunity to enroll in an FAA funded program created by the Pennsylvania College of Technology to help learn about the skills necessary to become aviation maintenance technicians. If it flies, it needs an AMT!

In summer 2022, Penn College will be hosting an “externship” camp for teachers and counselors. You’ll spend a week on our campus learning about the aviation industry, take part in tours of industry partner sites, engage in hands-on aviation activities and demonstrations, and received enhanced instruction in areas that may be applicable at your own school. The program will connect teachers from throughout the region and challenge you to develop a project that links the content learned on campus to lesson plans in your own classroom.

In addition, the program is fully-funded, included your on-campus accommodations, mileage (within 200 miles), meals, and a $750 stipend for attending! An additional $750 stipend is available if you implement an aviation lesson at your home school!

July 18-22, 2022

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Veterans / Active-Duty Military

We are in the planning stages for a specific veterans/active-duty military visit day to campus which will showcase our programs in Aviation Maintenance and how Penn College supports military students.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Available at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/

**Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC). (2020). Pipeline Report. Available at https://www.atec-amt.org/pipeline-report.html

***Boeing. (2020). Pilot and Technician Outlook 2020-2039. Available at https://www.boeing.com/commercial/market/pilot-technician-outlook/

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