Aircraft education and the need to fill the gaps of the retiring Aircraft Maintenance professionals. This is a real issue that the industry is facing. Aircraft mechanics over the next 2 years will be of high need and Boeing estimates the industry will need 745,000 to fill these vacancies.
In fact, About 30 percent of the current ranks of aircraft mechanics are at or near retirement age and they’re retiring faster than they’re being replaced, the Aviation Technician Education Council said. This means we need to start thinking about training the next generation of aircraft mechanics.
“About 30 percent of the current ranks of aircraft mechanics are at or near retirement age and they’re retiring faster than they’re being replaced” ~Aviation Technician Education Council
Unfortunately the next generation faces an even tougher time in the ranks as aircraft mechanics. This is partly due to the upcoming shortage and financial crunches facing businesses (limiting the replacement of personnel retiring).
The experience will also go out the door when these mechanics do retire. That means mid level professionals will be assuming the arduous role of becoming mentors. Except it will look different from generations before them. This is do to the technological advancements that are vast with the industry. It used to be a trained ear to listen for and troubleshoot certain things but now much of this is done by computers and software.
One possible solution to this is to get our youth interested in this industry like in years past. That will help to curve the mechanic shortage but training is the only way i see to help get lesser experienced mechanics up to speed and be able to assume the large void their predecessors are leaving behind.