PAMA Endorses Study on Perception of Technicians

 - September 30, 2009, 10:35 AM

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is asking its members to participate in a study of how people view the aircraft mechanic career path. Pat Kinane, senior quality assurance auditor for AAR, told AIN he is pursuing the project as a dissertation study toward a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Capalla University. “I want to find out if there is a difference between how a student in an A&P program views the profession versus someone who has been employed as an aircraft mechanic for some time,” he said. Kinane said he fears the industry is “overselling” the career and giving a false impression to students as a result of the decreasing supply of aviation maintenance personnel. “Traditionally students entering the career field were into working on cars, motorcycles and generally interested in mechanics. They were often second-generation aircraft mechanics,” he said. “The point is they understood exactly what being an aircraft mechanic meant. I’m afraid today the industry is overselling it to lure people in, only to have them become disillusioned after they graduate and start their first jobs. If so, it could have serious industry ramifications.”