Hiring: How to Find the Right People


The MRO industry will need to recruit 556,000 NEW technicians over the next two decades to meet the projected civil aviation growth, according to Boeing's global forecast. And given the high numbers of technicians who will be retiring over the next several years, that number could be even higher. The big question is: what are companies doing about it?

Timco Aviation Services has been actively working with local schools for several years. A recent CNBC report at Timco's Greensboro, N.C. facilities pinpoints reaching out to elementary, middle and high schools--as well as community colleges and universities--for effective outreach.

Speaking of outreach, earlier this year Aviation Week surveyed airlines, MROs and schools in the Middle East to ascertain the supply and demand for technicians and engineers. This region, according to Boeing, will need to recruit 53,100 new technicians over the next 20 years. Our survey points out a workforce shortage already exists, as does differing expectations between the industry and educators.

This is a local problem--but a global one, too.

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