United Airlines and National Aviation Academy Launch Career Pathway Partnership Offering Recruitment Opportunities and More to Aviation Maintenance Students

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National Aviation Academy (NAA) and United Airlines have partnered to offer a pathway program to aviation maintenance careers. The program, called the Calibrate Technician Pathway Program, allows students to enter a direct pipeline to United Airlines. Once accepted into the program, students must maintain a high GPA and attendance record. United Airlines will host interviews, career fairs, and open houses at NAA. Participants will have priority screening consideration and access to mentorship opportunities with seasoned maintenance technicians. In the future, the program may expand to include United Express carriers and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul partners.

National Aviation Academy (NAA) and United Airlines have joined forces to provide students with a pathway program to pursue careers in aviation maintenance. This partnership aims to expand opportunities for new technicians and individuals seeking fulfilling hands-on work.

NAA and United have announced a collaboration to offer aviation maintenance technician students the chance to enter a direct pipeline to United through the carrier’s Calibrate Technician Pathway Program. NAA is recognized as one of the inaugural Part 147 schools certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to work with United on this program.

Simone Drakes, Managing Director of Calibrate, said, “Launching this new program alongside highly regarded institutions whose high-quality training and aviation education will help us to reach our United Next and maintenance technician hiring goals.”

Once accepted into the Calibrate Technician Pathway Program, students must maintain a high GPA and strong attendance record to remain in the hiring pool after graduation. NAA will host interviews, open houses, and career fairs for United.

United’s talent acquisition team will work closely with NAA students, inviting them to apply and interview at the airline’s Tech Ops Recruiting Center in Houston as the final step after completing all necessary certifications. Participants will have priority screening consideration and access to mentorship opportunities with experienced maintenance technicians and United’s 42 domestic Technical Operations stations. The airline plans to expand the program in the future to include its United Express carriers and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul partners.

Pam Van Sant, NAA’s President, comments, “Industry demand directly reflects the vital importance of aviation maintenance technicians and their work, and the need to establish pathways connecting quality training to these in-demand careers is critical. It’s an honor to partner with United and have the Calibrate Pathway make an impact for National Aviation Academy students.”

The Technician Pathway Program is separate from the current Calibrate Apprenticeship Program and focuses on bringing in fully certified new hires. Last year, United Airlines, together with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Federal Aviation Administration, launched Calibrate, an in-house apprenticeship program to enhance its pipeline of maintenance technicians. Starting in 2024, United will begin accepting external applications for apprentices, extending the program to its global employee base and external candidates, thereby increasing access to aviation careers.

According to Boeing’s 2023 Pilot and Technician Outlook, commercial fleet operators and maintenance, repair, and overhaul providers will need an estimated 690,000 new aviation maintenance technicians in the next 20 years. Career pathways like Calibrate help prospective technicians obtain the necessary training and experience to meet the demand and serve the aviation industry.

To learn more about NAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technology course and how you can benefit from the Calibrate Technician Pathway Program, visit NAA.edu/United

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Source: National Aviation Academy (NAA)

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