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When Will There Be A Shortage Of AMT's  
User currently offlineJoeAirbus From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4700 times:

When I attended A&P school in the 1970's,we were told that there was going to be a shortage of mechanics in the 1980's. I have yet to see this;until,the years may finally be coming as aviation has cheapened itself to the lowest possible level and nobody is going to work for crap wages.

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User currently offlineLizzard71 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4688 times:

When I attended A&P school in the 1980's, we were told there was going to be a shortage of mechanics in the 1990's.
I think it's called a "sales pitch".
There are A&P jobs available but many have such a low entry wage that they are not very attractive. I think heavy jet jobs will continue to go out of country when possible (i.e. Air Canada).
When the negative publicity that surrounds this industry I cannot see how it will draw young people in the future.


User currently offlineAogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4682 times:

Someday it may see a slight resurgence in the next 10-15 years, but at least for the forseeable future I have to concur with you both. Geez, when I worked for an FBO, there was the promise of jumping to the majors. Now the plateau is so low, I find it hard to believe that too many young people are going to be attracted to the field. The idea of shelling out big bucks for an A&P so that you can chase jobs across the country/world for peanut wages isn't too glamorous. I think at this point I'd advise young students to become plaintiff attorneys and just spend their days suing big Pharma.

User currently offlineDALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2889 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4623 times:

I agree that the shortage of AMT's is being dried up with the outsourcing to places like Central America and the Far East. It is very hard to compete wage wise with people making what we would consider slave wages.

I just watched a piece on Discovery Times about Nokia inspecting a contractor plant in China. The wage rate didn't even add up to the local min wage. Safety was a bit lacking also. The invesigator asked about hearing protection in the noisy factory and got a blank stare from the manager. Chemicals were being stored right next to the employee drink station. When they toured the employee dorms she was a little suprised by the lack of hot water, again the blank stare. But we need our cheap moble phones in the West.

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14968 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4622 times:

In Europe it is starting already, at least for people with an EASA / JAR 66 licence.
Next year the transitional period, in which the old national licences were still valid will expire and the airlines didn't bother to train enough staff to the new regulations.
Right now, if you have a EASA / JAR 66 B1, B2 or C licence with a type rating on one of the more popular aircraft, like the B737 or A320, there are plenty of jobs. Also Airbus is currently sucking the labour market empty for their production facilities in Toulouse and Hamburg.


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