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General Aviation


General Aviation Information

What is General Aviation?
Career Outlook
Getting Started

The need for skilled
workers in General Aviation
is accelerating….
and it’s not letting up!

Over 200,000 aerospace workers are eligible to retire this year, leaving companies of all sizes with shortages.  Aviation programs at colleges and universities will not be able to replace the workforce at their current enrollment levels, which is adding to the severity of the problem.  Active and aggressive recruiting and education of the general public needs to continue to spread awareness of the General Aviation industry and the industry-wide shortage of aviation professionals.

Some careers in aviation require certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, such as pilot, aviation maintenance technician, dispatcher, and air traffic control.  The experience requirements for those FAA certificates can be met by completing an approved aviation program at a college or university.  For other aviation careers such as aerospace engineering, and aviation business and management, a degree from a college or university in that subject area is required. Minnesota offers quality and affordable aviation programs in many aviation career areas at some of its colleges and universities. Click here to find one near you!

Where are General Aviation
jobs located?

Jobs in general aviation are all over the U.S.  They can be found in Minnesota, neighboring states, and as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.  Just look below at some of the companies that are hiring and then go to links to see more!

Although regional airlines such as Pinnacle and Mesaba are NOT considered part of the General Aviation industry, they hire people in entry level positions such as pilots, maintenance technicians, and dispatchers.  Regional airlines offer an excellent opportunity to gain experience and develop a work history.  Some people prefer the regional airlines because of the unique benefits they have to offer.

For some people, working for the major airlines as a pilot, maintenance technician, dispatcher, or aviation manager is their ultimate career goal.  Almost always, the training and experience required for those positions are first acquired in the General Aviation industry and/or the regional airlines before moving into the major airlines.

Here are just a few!
Goodrich Aviation Technical Services (Maintenance, Repair, & Overhaul)
-Currently hiring approximately 200+ Aviation Maintenance Apprentice Mechanics (entry level with no experience).

AAR Aviation Services
(Maintenance, Repair, & Overhaul)
- Hiring 400+ new maintenance technicians and have had to turn away work because of a lack of technicians.

Midcoast Aviation
(Private jet completion/refurbishing company)
- Hiring 200 new technicians salaried close to $50,000 per year.

- Expects to add more than 200 employees over the coming years “to accommodate the high market demand” for their aircraft.

Smith Aerospace
(Turbine engine components)
- Will expand their work force by more than 120.

Lear Siegler Services
Aerospace Contractor)
"As the Recruiting Manager for Lear Siegler Services, a premier defense Contractor, I see no decrease in our need for highly skilled aircraft mechanics in the future.  We hire hundreds each year."

Mesaba Airlines

Pinnacle Airlines

Examples of some Recent
Industry Incentives:

Elliot Aviation is offering $5000 signing bonus for both Aviation Maintenance Technicians and Cabinet Makers!

Mesa Air Group, Inc. was offering signing bonuses!

  • Up to $10,000 for Dispatchers
  • Up to $5,000 for Pilots
  • Up to $5,000 for Mechanics

TIMCO was offering relocation and signing bonuses!

  • $4,000 sign-on bonus for Mechanics
  • $2,000 for relocation expenses

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Aviation Maintenance Technician
Aircraft Dispatcher
Air Traffic Controller
Aerospace Engineer
Aircraft Electronics
Nondestructive Testing Technician
Interior Aircraft Modication Technician
Line Service Personnel


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