Aviation job fair seeks mechanically-minded students

There is a great need for pilots and support workers in the airline industry, with much concern about the future of air travel with so many workers set to retire.The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics held a job fair on Wednesday in hopes of putting local students to work filling those gaps. The Allegheny County airport hangar was packed. Forty-three companies from across the United States came in person to find skilled workers. Derek Vrabel, Student Services Coordinator at PIA, said: “This couldn’t be a more requested course in aviation maintenance and electronics and urges high school students to consider this a career rather than a traditional college. “If you don’t know what you want to do – you’re not quite sure, you’re someone who’s good with their hands, you like taking things apart and putting things back together – please consider fix planes for a living,” Vrabel said. “There’s a place waiting for you right now, I promise you.” Current PIA students who saw the opportunity present themselves on Wednesday agree. Casey Sharlow, who graduated from PIA in January, said: “As you can see there are so many businesses here – as many as we can fit in this hangar. So what I’ve learned , is that mechanics are needed, they are well paid.” Sharlow went to West Virginia University for a year, then discovered the opportunities at PIA and changed course. After completing his training in the Aircraft Maintenance Technology program, he hopes to become an engineer. “At the end of the day, I want to design the parts for these planes and be more integral to the plane,” Sharlow said. Some of these companies were offering thousands of dollars in incentives to entice graduate students to get involved. in their company.Labour and statistics indicate that the 2022 median salary for aircraft equipment mechanics and technicians is approximately $66,000.

There is a great need for pilots and support workers in the airline industry, with much concern about the future of air travel with so many workers set to retire.

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics held a job fair on Wednesday in hopes of putting local students to work filling those gaps.

The Allegheny County airport hangar was packed. Forty-three companies from across the United States came in person to find skilled workers.

Derek Vrabel, Student Services Coordinator at PIA, said: “It couldn’t be more requested. Everyone here is hiring and hiring a lot.”

PIA offers courses in aircraft maintenance and electronics and urges high school students to consider this a career rather than a traditional college.

“If you’re not sure what you want to do – you’re not quite sure, you’re someone who’s good with their hands, you like taking things apart and putting things back together – please consider fix planes for a living,” Vrabel said. “There’s a place waiting for you right now, I promise.”

Current PIA students who saw the opportunity present themselves on Wednesday agree.

Casey Sharlow, who graduated from PIA in January, said: “As you can see there are so many businesses here – as many as we can fit in this hangar. So what I’ve learned , is that mechanics are needed, they are well paid.

Sharlow went to West Virginia University for a year, then discovered the opportunities at PIA and changed course.

After completing his training in the Aircraft Maintenance Technology program, he hopes to become an engineer.

“Ultimately, I want to design the parts for these planes and be more of an integral part of the plane,” Sharlow said.

Some of these companies offered thousands of dollars in incentives to entice graduating students to get involved in their company.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that the 2022 median salary for aircraft equipment mechanics and technicians is around $66,000.

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