Aircraft maintenance planning courses address the current skills shortage

The industry is calling for skills for support staff as well as aircraft maintenance engineers who have completed aircraft maintenance planning courses. When people think of the aviation industry, they tend to only consider the pilots, but without the technical staff such as the engineers and other aircraft maintenance planning staff, the pilots wouldn’t even

Aircraft maintenance planning courses address the current skills shortage

The industry is calling for skills for support staff as well as aircraft maintenance engineers who have completed aircraft maintenance planning courses.

When people think of the aviation industry, they tend to only consider the pilots, but without the technical staff such as the engineers and other aircraft maintenance planning staff, the pilots wouldn’t even be allowed to take to the skies and get the plane off the ground.

According to a 2014 report by the Department of Transport, aviation is the fastest growing industry in the world but is currently dominated by people over the age of 40. This is causing a huge skills shortage with regards to younger staff who have not completed their aircraft maintenance planning courses and are consequently not taking advantage of the jobs on offer.

In a recent radio interview, Belinda Werner, director of Debela Training & Management, mentions the importance of aviation training for pilots, engineers and other aviation staff.

According to Belinda, South Africa’s pilots and engineers are highly sought-after throughout the world because of their high level of training. “There is a huge outflow of our pilots to the East and Australia and Canada is [sic] stealing our engineers,” Belinda said.

Due to the “brain drain” of qualified engineers, careers for support staff are on the increase in South Africa and people who are looking at a career in aviation would do well to consider qualifying themselves in aircraft maintenance.

The current outflow is also causing the South African aviation industry a small pool of adequately qualified individuals in the industry. So individuals who decide to become qualified are at an advantage as their skills are sought after. The below are two main findings that you can take advantage of;

  • The decrease in the number of skilled engineers in the market has be significantly decreasing.
  • The South African Air Force reported that the amount of engineering students has decreased.

Belinda also mentions that the following factors are contributing to the skills shortage in the industry;

  • The younger generation wants to get rich quickly and are not as interested in physical labour or getting their hands dirty.
  • The older generation didn’t look after their pensions that well, so they don’t want to train the younger generation who might replace them.

The skills gap in the aviation industry seems to lie somewhere between the older and younger generations. There is a huge need for staff aged 30 to 45 years because when the older generation does retire, there will be a big gap.

There is also a lack of skills development including a lack of people who have completed aircraft maintenance planning training and courses.

Aviation training is a necessary step if you would like a career in the industry or if you want to further your career. You could go one of two routes:

  • On-the-job learning and receive Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Formal training, which is a 5-year process to obtain your first license as an aircraft engineer.

Many people think that aviation training is out of reach and very expensive. Fortunately, there is an aircraft mechanic school that can offer you the expertise you require, packaged with convenience, affordability and a magical, enriching experience.

At Debela Training & Management, we offer a variety of aircraft maintenance planning training and courses to set you on the right path for a long and fruitful career in aviation.

Contact Debela Training & Management today to upskill your support staff as well as aircraft maintenance engineers who have completed aircraft maintenance planning courses OR to take your aviation career to the skies.