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  • Joe Breitfeller

American Airlines Partners With Aviation Institute of Maintenance to Train Next Generation

American Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, which guarantees top candidates with interviews. Under the partnership, aspiring Aviation Maintenance Technicians will have a direct career path to American.


From Left: Dr. Joel English, AIM Executive Vice President; Evie Garces, American's Vice President of Line Maintenance; Mark Miner, American's Vice President of Technical Services; Dr. Kenneth Alexander, AIM Chancellor attended today’s event to announce the new partnership – Courtesy American Airlines

On Monday (October 24, 2022), American Airlines announced a new partnership with the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) to train and hire the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), AIM’s top candidates from their Chicago campus will be offered guaranteed interviews at American, providing aspiring aviation maintenance technicians (AMT’s), with a direct career path to American. The partnership also provides ongoing engagement with American’s maintenance team and access to the carrier’s maintenance facilities. Eligible students will also be offered financial assistance for certification exams, as well as toolboxes to start their career off right. The partnership also provides discounted tuition rates and a waved application fee for American Airlines’ team members interested in becoming aviation maintenance professionals.


In Monday’s announcement, American Airlines’ Vice President of Line Maintenance, Evie Garces, said,


“There is no better place to start an aircraft maintenance technician career than at American. Sometimes, all it takes is a path and the realization that there is a place for you if you work hard and want it. At American, we want the best up-and-coming AMTs to join our more than 12,000 aviation maintenance professionals who each day are responsible for the safety of every customer and team member onboard our aircraft. And more than that, we want to help aspiring AMTs by charting a path like the one established through our growing partnership with AIM.”


Also commenting on the new training partnership, AIM’s Executive Vice President, Joel English, added,


“We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with American Airlines and providing a direct pathway to employment for our students. Our goal is to be an agent of personal and professional transition for our students, as well as a solution for the workforce needs of the airlines and aircraft manufacturers. This direct relationship with American Airlines is a significant step forward for us and a great opportunity for our students.”


Currently, around 4,000 students are pursuing certification to become aircraft mechanics through AIM’s 21-month program, across 14 FAA-certified aviation maintenance schools around the U.S.


Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Aviation Institute of maintenance (AIM) trains students to meet the demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. Graduates can earn certifications with the FAA, American Welding Society, the EPA and OSHA. AIM operates campuses near major metro areas including Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Newark/New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco, Orlando and Norfolk.


American Airlines’ purpose is to “Care for People on Life’s Journey.” Shares in the American Airlines Group, Inc., trade on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol AAL and the company’s stock is included in the S&P 500.



Source: American Airlines