Changes in Aircraft Maintenance Jobs
MRO providers choosing the digital way to be more efficient, baby boomers retirement, changes in aviation mechanics, tech-savvy technicians, and updated aviation training practices are some of the current changes in aircraft maintenance jobs.
1. Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Providers
- Aircraft MRO providers lagged in adopting digital technology that can help the MRO operate efficiently to setting priorities, planning regulatory audits, analyzing data, etc.
- As a result, aircraft technicians and mechanics have to use old technologies.
- Additionally, they lack the required operational touchpoints to influence the people, purpose, and process to result in compliant and secure on-time results in their work.
- Currently, the MRO industry is experiencing a shortage of technicians and mechanics. This led to working overtime, fatigue, minimal oversight, and poor software tools.
- To address this shortage of skilled staffs, the operational stakeholders are prioritizing for digitally smart and safe MRO operations that can lead to desired operational outcomes, increased efficiency, larger capacity, and fewer security risks.
2. Retirement of Baby Boomers
- There is a concerning number of airplane maintenance technicians who are baby boomers. They will be reaching retirement age shortly, resulting in a shortage of skilled staffing in this industry.
- The industry is trying to offset this shortage through automation, however, the automation still needs workers to operate the machinery.
- With the modernization and expansion of the global aviation industry, there will be a great demand for new aviation technicians.
3. Aviation Mechanics — Additional Job Responsibilities
- The new entrants to this industry should be tech-savvy which will require specialized training.
- In addition to repairing airplanes, their job duties would also include data gathering of required metrics that can predict future maintenance needs.
- They should also be trained in the latest electrical and avionics systems to handle the recent changes in the aviation industry.
- The increase in commercial passenger flying and private aviation has increased the regular and emergency maintenance work for the aircraft in this segment. As long as they are utilized, the owners reap more profits.
4. Tech-Savvy Technicians
- Prescriptive maintenance is a type of maintenance done by analytics software that can give the technicians the advantage of considering different options for a problem and the possibility of immediate resolution.
- This system can also alert the technicians of any problem and initiate the process for resolution.
- The monitoring system is a powerful data processing system that would make the maintenance process smarter and reliable.
- This way, technicians can be more productive by doing most of their admin duties via software, enabling the sharing of information in a more secure environment.
5. Updated Aviation Training Practices
- Advances in airplane technology will drive demand for a new set of skills such as digital troubleshooting and composites repair.
- As a result, operators will be challenged to ensure that the current technicians continue to maintain the skills and capabilities necessary to service the large fleet of older generation aircraft.
- Mobile and distance learning solutions are offering traditional classroom instruction.
- New technologies such as augmented reality and mixed reality are also being tested as a way to improve student engagement, quality of instruction, and knowledge retention.
- Competency-based maintenance training continues to evolve as the industry focuses on addressing individual student needs and knowledge gaps.