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Destination Certification. Meeting Workforce Needs Addressing Industry Challenges. October 18, 2007 Brian Finnegan, A&P President, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association. Interagency Aerospace Revitalization Task Force. An Aging Workforce: Lost Knowledge.

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Destination Certification

Meeting Workforce Needs

Addressing Industry Challenges

October 18, 2007

Brian Finnegan, A&P

President, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association

Interagency Aerospace Revitalization Task Force


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An Aging Workforce: Lost Knowledge

A Changing Demographic

1990 = 1.1 mill. total workers

2006 = 630,000 total workers

Average Age of an Aerospace Worker in 2006 = 45

Workers 25 to 34:

1992 = 27%

2006 = 15%

In 2006 one out of four were

eligible for retirement.


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Market Instability: The Cost of Jobs

Every major U.S. carrier has outsourced repair work.

U.S. airlines spent 64% of their maintenance budgets at outsourced facilities last year, up from 37% in 1996.

High rates of worker displacement

Lack of portable credentials


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Minimum Industry Standards:Who’s Qualified?

The FAA allows non-certificated people to work in the hangar

No specified ratio of certificated aircraft technicians

No standard to determine if one mechanic is more qualified than another


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Education Pipeline:The Attraction Factor

Strong STEM Programs identify and cultivate young talent

There is a disconnect between STEM and entry into aerospace careers – attractive career paths.

Aerospace careers have lost their futuristic edge - not perceived as challenging and $$$ rewarding


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Solution:Industry Standards Through Certification

Broad Aviation Industry Consensus

STEM & Industry Support

Strong workforce for a strong industry - prepared for the challenges of the 21st Century


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Certification Benefits

Attracts Young Talent

Industry Consensus on a Body of Knowledge

Stability Within Industry

Develops Skills

Mitigates Risk

Better Industry Training


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About the PAMA/SAE Certification

Launching in Early Winter

  • Strong series of aviation maintenance

    certifications

  • Validates baseline to specialty skills

  • Provides a visionary career path (makes a job into a career)

  • Developed by aviation maintenance subject matter experts

  • Tests the technician’s knowledge and

    skills

  • PAMA/SAE Institute Certification augments the FAA certification


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PAMA/SAE Institute

Aviation Maintenance and

Production Certifications

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K-12

STEM

Education

Aviation Maintenance Specialist

Technician

Aviation Maintenance

Specialist

Advanced Skills

Technical

Leadership

Specialist

Aviation Maintenance Engineer

FAA A&P Mechanic

Aviation Maintenance Engineer

Segment Ratings

Aviation Maintenance Engineer

Technical Leader

FAR 147

Aviation

Maintenance

Technology


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Working Together

Connections between K-12 STEM and

PAMA/SAE Institute Certification

Appealing Career Paths linking education, certification, and job opportunities

Strong Industry Partnerships

personally commit, get involved, spread the word


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Destination Certification

Meeting Workforce Needs

Addressing Industry Challenges

October 18, 2007

Brian Finnegan, A&P

President, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association

Interagency Aerospace Revitalization Task Force


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