ST Engineering and UPS address maintenance technician shortfall with new training partnership

ST Engineering and UPS have entered into an agreement to work together on a skills progression programme that will provide on-the-job training to prospective aviation technicians.

The programme aims to address “the growing needs of the aviation industry” to create a pipeline of qualified aircraft maintenance technicians, the partners said.

Under the programme, participants recruited from diverse backgrounds will undergo three years of on-the-job accelerated trade and skills training that is dedicated to UPS aircraft work. The programme, which includes progressive training in the levels of apprentices, mechanics and technicians, will be conducted at ST Engineering’s airframe MRO facilities in Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida in the US.

Trainees can apply for career openings at UPS upon graduation from the programme and be considered for employment by the airline.

“The training programme is a natural extension of our longstanding relationship with UPS as we increasingly join hands with industry partners to address the market’s growing need for aircraft technicians,” said ST Engineering’s Commercial Aerospace president Jeffrey Lam. “We look forward to exploring more of such opportunities with other partners – including customers and the local community – as we continue to diversify and strengthen our talent pool, and create fulfilling career pathways for individuals interested in an aviation vocation.”

UPS’ vice president of aircraft maintenance and engineering Bill Moore commented: “The programme will create a pool of talented technicians who will have experience working on UPS airplanes, as well as a working knowledge of our manuals, processes and procedures. This will help us to continue to provide safe and reliable aircraft and to maintain outstanding service for our customers.”

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