Piper Aircraft and International AeroTech Academy are partnering on a program aimed at providing the Vero Beach, Florida airframer a pipeline of production workers. Under the program, students entering airframe and powerplant training will be offered a conditional letter of employment at Piper following a successful job interview.
The awarding of the conditional letter is contingent upon successful completion of the 14-month training program at Lakeland, Florida-based International AeroTech. Following graduation, eligible students will begin employment at Piper, receive a $3,000 signing bonus, as well as an annual tuition reimbursement of $2,400 a year for up to 10 years.
“We are in a unique position to help strengthen the talent pipeline by providing job opportunities at the beginning of the student’s education, which we believe will help attract additional candidates to the program and to Piper Aircraft,” said Piper senior director of manufacturing Greg Wendel.
International AeroTech president and CEO Steven Markhoff said the partnership creates a defined career path at a time when industry forecasts project a need for 739,000 maintenance technicians globally and 192,000 in North America. “The availability of tuition financing coupled with Piper’s signing bonus and annual stipend creates a unique opportunity to attract, train, and retain the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals,” Markhoff added.