AIM Offers Aircraft Mechanics Certificate Opportunities at PNE Campus

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is training the future aviation maintenance workforce at its 14 campuses throughout the country, including a campus located at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE).  The AIM Philadelphia campus specializes in training aircraft mechanics and offers two programs - Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) and Aviation Maintenance Technician: Avionics (AMTA). The AMT program helps to prepare students to take the FAA Part 147 General, Airframe, and Powerplant (A&P) certifications. The AMTA program includes preparation for the FAA Part 147 General, Airframe, and Avionics certifications. These intense programs can each be completed in 21 months of training. Classes are held four days a week, with day classes scheduled from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and evening classes from 5-11:30 p.m.  
“We are really changing lives here,” says Campus Executive Director Stephanie Makhoul. “If our graduates obtain their A&P certification, their employment opportunities increase.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics are in demand.” 
With a current population of just under 300 students, the school has room to grow. The students represent a mix of different backgrounds, including former members of the military who either worked on aircraft or became interested in aviation during their tours of duty, recent high school graduates, and individuals changing their career paths. The entrance requirements for programs include a high school diploma or equivalent. The school provides financial aid and scholarships for students who qualify.  
“AIM has 14 campuses nationwide, with 3 in the Northeast," says Makhoul. “Our A&P schools provide educational opportunities to students and workforce development to the communities we serve. If the students put in the work and have the drive and dedication to complete the program - in less than two years, they can be on a path to a successful career.” 
Aviation Institute of Maintenance also has a career services department that is dedicated to helping graduates find aviation maintenance jobs. Not only does AIM network with local and national employers, but the school also hosts on site career fairs and “Lunch and Learn” session with employers, giving students and graduates a chance to network with potential employers.  In the last few years, AIM has collaborated with other PNE tenants.  The school coordinates with Tailwinds Flight School, works on employment with Fly Legacy, and has developed partnerships with Leonardo Helicopters. 


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