Doomfox From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 125 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 903 times:
I don't want to open a pandora's box, but i really want to know how people in the industry feel about the strife w/ mechanics pay lately. I personally think that mechanics don't get enough respect or compensation for the responsibility that they have. I'm related to several mechanics that work for the "majors" and they think its a good thing, but is there anybody that can give me reason why they shouldn't get more compensation?
Avt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 878 times:
As an engineer, I can say that it can be frustrating to see that people can make equal or better pay for jobs with a fraction of the responsibility. It takes many years of school, long night shifts, and poor pay as an apprentice before you finally get to the pay scale s that people are talking about. You have to really enjoy the work to do it, but that doesn`t help pay the bills.
I could go on for ever, but that would be opening the box.....................
242 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 498 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 870 times:
As a mech for a major US airline, I'm just fed up with the entire industry. When you look at careers, the three things you value are pay, benefits, and quality of life. Where I am, the pay is poor for the responsibilities I have on a day to day basis, the benefits are ok, and the quality of life is poor-- I routinely work night shifts, weekends and holidays.
I, for one, am getting out of this business. Many other mechs are too. If you possess the skills to trouble shoot, fix and repair one of the most complex machines on earth today, going to another tech industry is relatively easy. I started my A+ certification study a few weeks ago, and MCSE and CISCO should follow.
A shakeout in this industry is long overdue, several weeks ago, someone posted a topic "Pilots- an endangered species?". The mechanic is the endangered one. Hardly anyone new is entering (the kids are pretty smart these days), an estimated 15% will retire in the next five years, and those in the middle like me are training for jobs that pay better, with nights, weekends and holidays off.
HB-IGG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 856 times:
There is not much more to say!!
All you say I think is the sad reallity and my opinion is that most maintenance companies may thanks theyr job lover wich where hired several years agó !
I don't know the situation in the others countries but where I work the jungs don't last too much!!!!
Let's hope that the right persons will realize that before it will be too late!!!
Fdxtech From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 848 times:
what has really hurt the aircraft mechanic industry is that airlines and the unions categorize our profession in the same boat as ramp agents, cabin service, and other ground related jobs. nothing against them but its just ridiculous that if you look at pay scales, the disparity between an aircraft mechanic and the above mentioned is only a few dollars. as an aircraft mechanic we are responsible for the airworthiness of the aircraft, taxiing and running up engines, replacing critical aircvraft components, being familiar with many different fleet types, and the rest of the package that comes with working in the aviation field. myself, i am fortunate to be employed with a great company and i love what i do. its a shame that companies like united and all the other majors that have contracts that are up for renogotiating have to go to such drastic measures to realize that an aircraft mechanic is not just an entity, we are licensed professionals that deserve to be properly compensated for many years of supressed wages.