Skills progression programme for technicians


ST Engineering and UPS are joining forces to create a skills progression programme whereby prospective aviation technicians will undertake on-the-job training. The aim is to create a pipeline of qualified aircraft maintenance technicians to support the industry.

The initiative between the airline and MRO service provider will provide training and career opportunities to individuals interested in an aircraft maintenance career. It is one of many talent recruitment and development initiatives undertaken by ST Engineering with its partners.

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. 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 long-standing relationship with UPS as we increasingly join hands with industry partners to address the market’s growing need for aircraft technicians,” said Jeffrey Lam, commercial aerospace president, ST Engineering. “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.”

“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,” said Bill Moore, UPS vice president of aircraft maintenance and engineering. “This will help us to continue to provide safe and reliable aircraft and to maintain outstanding service for our customers.”

ST Engineering operates aerospace facilities across Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe, offering a wide array of career opportunities for aviation technicians in airframe, component and engine MRO. In the USA, where ST Engineering has airframe facilities in San Antonio (Texas), as well as Mobile and Pensacola, the group works with the local community, schools and technical training institutes to support the sustained growth of a skilled aviation workforce through scholarships and internships, as well as bespoke initiatives including an Airman Trainee Programme and Military Fast Track programme.

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