PIA – School for Aviation Maintenance and SkyWest Airlines announced a new partnership. The SkyWest AMT Pathway Program offers PIA Myrtle Beach students training in Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) the chance to jump start their careers while they’re still in school. SkyWest Launches AMT Pathway Program.
Through the SkyWest AMT Pathway Program, students can receive mentorship, hands-on experience, and a direct pathway to a career in commercial aviation. They are also eligible for up to $7,600 in financial aid including:
- Up to $4,500 in education assistance
- Up to $1,600 in A&P test fee reimbursements
- Up to $1,500 in moving expense reimbursements, plus mileage
- Guaranteed final interview to become an A&P mechanic at SkyWest
- Enhanced SkyWest seniority for benefits like health insurance, profit-sharing programs, and travel
To be eligible for the program, candidates must be attending PIA Myrtle Beach and be in good standing. Unlike an internship, the program allows students to remain at PIA to complete their training until they are able to gain their A&P license.
Boeing’s 2022-2041 Pilot and Technician Outlook, estimates 134,000 new mechanics and avionics professionals need to join the field over the next 20 years to meet the growing needs of the aviation industry. Many of these openings are due to upcoming retirements, as ATEC estimates 38% of current aviation mechanics are at least 60 years of age.
Skywest, like other US regional airlines, is on a hiring tear. The pilot shortage is well documented. The link lists several partners the airline is working with to alleviate its pilot shortage. Unlike other regional airlines, Skywest is huge and has the critical mass to move the market.
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