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Need Help Landing A Mechanic Job.  
User currently offlinerelaxitsfedex7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10325 times:

Okay, for over a year and half now i have been trying to get a job as a aircraft mechanic, But haven't had any success.
Maybe because I am just out of school and have no real airline experience. I think this is what makes my resume look unattractive. Or maybe this job is on a know someone basis, not what you know basis. If any one out there could point me out to some jobs that take entry level aircraft mechanics? please let me know. or anything to put on a resume that looks good for anyone coming out of school.

thanks  

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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10301 times:

Quoting relaxitsfedex7 (Thread starter):

Where have you tried.....???

Major airlines..? You can give up on that one. Many still have lay-offs dating back to DOH of 15+ years of service. Regional airlines are a great place to start and from what I hear many are hiring....145 repair stations are not bad either



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlinerelaxitsfedex7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10294 times:

Jetblue , Republic airways, American eagle, Delta airlines, skywest, american airlines, Continental airlines, Allegiant Air,
Airtran, etc..


User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1653 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10293 times:

Well even though maybe you have no experience the regional/commuter airlines have hired right out of school in fact some majors will hire right out of school in hard to staff places like LGA for instance. The economy right now has most companies including airlines in a slump as far as hiring goes. Add to that there are experienced guys out of work right now. I don't know where you are at and looking that makes a difference. I do know that FedEx has reinstated their MTP maintenance training program. If you can get a job throwing boxes in MEM or IND or better yet LAX you have a chance to move into a mechanic slot at some point when the hiring picks back up which I think it will. It probably won't be a line mechanic spot since they would like experience there but I believe their intention is to hire right out of school into hanger jobs in the future. Atleast from what I have seen it appears that way. Again I don't know if you are looking at the airlines or general aviation or just any job.


NWA THE TRUE EVIL EMPIRE
User currently offlinerelaxitsfedex7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10288 times:

thanks for the info Stratosphere I work for fedex at LAX. But I haven't heard anything yet about the MTP program starting up yet. but i,ll go to the hanger everyday to get information.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10286 times:

Quoting relaxitsfedex7 (Reply 3):
Jetblue , Republic airways, American eagle, Delta airlines, skywest, american airlines, Continental airlines, Allegiant Air, Airtran, etc..

Well, as I said you can all but give up on a major airline. They are not hiring and will not be for years to come. Republic might happen, but will be slow going as they are currently absorbing the employees from Frontier. jetBlue is always looking for people.. but only in JFK to start.

Quoting relaxitsfedex7 (Reply 5):
I work for fedex at LAX.

That is your best in. Talk with your supervisor or HR person. One of the guys I worked with while he was in school threw boxes at FedEx at night. When he graduated he stayed at FedEx throwing boxes till he had the right to bid over.. which he did. You already have an employee number with one of the top paying aircraft maintenance companies. Your best bet.. and safest one in today's economy is to stay put and work the internal angle

Quoting relaxitsfedex7 (Reply 5):
.....but I'll go to the hangar everyday to get information

Now you're talking. Get to know the guys, get to know the supervisors, leads.. get your face out there. That will help big time.

[Edited 2010-03-09 18:49:04]


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 10286 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 2):
Major airlines..? You can give up on that one.

   I can second that one, for sure, after nearly being laid off at F9. Working for a major airline as a mx tech is not a good idea at the moment. Can I suggest MRO's like Timco or BF Goodrich in Everett....

Even if the airlines were hiring for A&P's, you still need the 2 year large aircraft experience, so I would highly recommend that you go to a part 145 repair station to start out with. Even if you start at a 145, there is no guarantee that you'll get a job with a major after obtaining the two year requirement that most, if not all, majors require.

And yes, they will check.....

Good luck in your search.



A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
User currently offlineboeing767mech From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1031 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10260 times:

Living in the LA area if you willing to drive, SCA in Victorville is always looking for people. One of the best places to learn airplanes is in the Boneyard. Also try FTA in Mojave, they are looking for people. Also try Clay Lacy or some of the guys in Van Nuys. Best of luck to you.

David



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User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1653 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10258 times:

Quoting relaxitsfedex7 (Reply 5):
thanks for the info Stratosphere I work for fedex at LAX. But I haven't heard anything yet about the MTP program starting up yet. but i,ll go to the hanger everyday to get information.

Thats a good location for you to be...See I know for a fact there are a lot of mechanics there that commute to MEM and IND. They just posted for over 20 jobs internal for LAX because they know that MEM will be hiring and it will be like a giant vacuum in LAX because they know that the commuters will bid the MEM jobs..I think even the indy guys will bid MEM just to have a shorter commute. Add to that the local management has already stated they would prefer to hire locals over anyone from the outstations due to the high turnover..That is also why they have changed the commitment time to 3 yrs before you can bid out to try and keep the turnover down.



NWA THE TRUE EVIL EMPIRE
User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10257 times:

I'm looking too and have some experience and can't find anything, Long Island was the mecca of aerospace, now nothing but Landscapers and politicians...need to move...learn composite repairs and manufacturing!...and go for an A&P ticket if you have not..j

User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10255 times:

PS...you can learn a lot by chopping up old birds...doing that currently till something better comes along.

User currently offlineIFIXCF6 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10255 times:

I work for a part 145 at VCV, and I will also confirm that you are on the best path, if you wish to be with FedEx. I have seen several people work at LAX (for FedEx) and VCV, because they were not the most experienced folks as mechanics...get experience, and disappear from VCV as they were brought into the land of purple tails...as mechanics. At the storage yards, it depends on the company, but you can get very broad experience as you work on everyone's fleet, complying with everyone's requirements. But the joke here, (and not necessarily untrue), is that A&P stands for "apply plastic". So it really depends on what type of work they assign to you.

Finally, the pay is far lower for most mechanics at storage-based MRO's than major air carriers, but the security of the job is far higher, at least at my company with regards to seniority, and the business model is inverse to the rest of aviation maintenance (i.e. they fire-we hire and vice versa). Hope this helps, but key is...stay with FedEx and work their system.

Mike

P.S. According to one of their maintenance instructers, they are resurrecting the MTP program.


User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10253 times:

Quoting IFIXCF6 (Reply 12):

At VCV do you need A&P?


User currently offlineIFIXCF6 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10243 times:

Quote:
At VCV do you need A&P?

We hired 2 mechanics today. I don't know what they are looking at so far as increasing staff, but if you have an A&P, and it sounds like you do, they will talk to you. The company name is Southern California Aviation. The website is: http://www.scaviation.com/ The phone # is outdated, it will get you to EHS not HR, but she can supply you with the correct #, I just do not know it.

Mike


User currently offlinerelaxitsfedex7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 10162 times:

Quoting IFIXCF6 (Reply 11):

thank you for this info i will call as soon as i get a chance.


User currently offlineA10WARTHOG From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 325 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 10158 times:

Boeing is hiring A&P mechanics for the flightline and flight test programs. All are based in the Seattle area

User currently offlineN901WA From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 10100 times:

Delta's hiring 9 AMT's Line guys in LAX right now. It was online. The Biggest thing at DAL is to pass the Testing. A lot guys mess that part up. Goodluck, I hope you get a A&P job. Have you tried F&E and Swissport? That's a good place to start.

User currently offlineDALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2614 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10047 times:

DL is always willing to hire mechanics straight out of school. Go to the website and apply for LAX. The test, well don't over think it. I don't have any first hand contacts with LAX so I don't know how it is to work there. I know we have a hard time keeping it manned due to the cost of LA. DL still hasn't figured out that they need to pay COLA to cities like LAX, SFO,NYC, DCA, and BOS.

Another option is the contractor route. Most major MRO's have a core workforce of AMT's. They supplement them with contract AMTs as workload builds up. Off hand I can only remember one contract outfit, Plane Techs. I know they say they want 3-5 years exp, but shoot them your resume.

Good luck, Keep us posted.


User currently offlinerelaxitsfedex7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 10017 times:

IF delta hires people out of school then i think it is my resume. I Think i need to change some things.



Raymond B. Brawley
3311 W 139TH St #6
Hawthorne , CA , 90250
Phone:310.844.0770
Email: ray2befree@yahoo.com
ray2befree@gmail.com

Objective: To obtain an entry level position in Aircraft Maintenance, That allows for broadening professional experience and room for growth towards a challenging career.


Education
West Los Angeles Community College
9000 Overland Avenue , Culver City CA , 90230
Graduated 18 month Aviation maintenance technician program.
Received Airframe & Power plant certificate.

Los Angeles high school,
4650 w Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles CA , 90010 .
Attended 9-12 grades from 09/02/2000- 06/31/2004.
Received high school diploma.

Work Experience
FedEx Express
5927 w Imperial Highway , Los Angeles CA , 90045
Date employed from 09/12/05-present


Practical Experience:
Basic training in AMT courses maintaining, servicing, and troubleshooting aircrafts from airframe structure repair to corrosive inspection, including riveting , engine overhaul, changing tires and electrical troubleshooting

I think it needs some improving.
Any thoughts would be appreciated .
You guys have anything to add to make it look better?


User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1653 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10005 times:

Well Ray your resume does not look bad but trouble is that you are young and really don't have any experience. But anyone looking at your resume will know this. The thing you really don't want in a resume is employment gaps. If you keep employed the better you look. Like the others have said on here also you might want to try to do maybe a part time VCV gig if you can fit in to get some experience..But whatever you do DON'T give up your FedEx job...I am telling you they have changed the whole MX program and it WILL benefit people like yourself.


NWA THE TRUE EVIL EMPIRE
User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3395 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9994 times:

Quoting relaxitsfedex7 (Reply 4):
i,ll go to the hanger everyday

Sorry I'm not able to help out with the job situation as I have 0 experience working in the states, and even up here I had my foot in the door with the company I'm currently working for well before I went to aircraft maintenance school.

However, one thing that may some day help you (and it is a pet peeve of mine): a HANGER is an object you put your coat on, a HANGAR is a large building with airplanes inside. I know it's minor details, but it's something every english-speaking aircraft person should know.


Best of luck,
CanadianNorth



What could possibly go wrong?
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9972 times:

The Start is always tough.....It gets easier on the way up though.
Most Airlines look for a blend of freshers & experienced folks.
If you have the right attitude & the eagerness to learn....A qualified recruiter will sight that sooner.

2009 was a bad year for Aviation,but this year seems better.....don't give up thats Important....


regds
MEL.



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