ATEC’s Outlook for Aviation Technician Demand


ATEC’s Outlook for Aviation Technician Demand

Each year the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) compiles information about Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic certificate holders, the educational institutions that prepare the majority of those individuals for careers in aviation maintenance, and the companies that employ maintenance professionals.

The report’s key conclusions:

  • Mechanics are retiring faster than they are being replaced. New entrants make up 2% of the population annually, while 30% of the workforce is at or near retirement age.
  • Schools have the capacity to double production of A&P candidates. While institutions are ramping up recruitment activities and expect enrollment to increase, there is significant opportunity for industry employers to help define career paths and attract more students into the pipeline.
  • Aviation must increase its focus on retaining A&P candidates. Twenty percent of candidates pursue careers outside of the industry and only 60% elect to take the FAA mechanic certification test.
  • While the percentage of female A&Ps is increasing, it remains low, at less than 3%. This presents an opportunity to help address a looming shortage.

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