SOURCE: Aviation Week Network

February 22, 2016 11:18 ET

Aerospace Maintenance Competition for Students and Professionals During MRO Americas in Dallas April 5-7

Competition Will Highlight the High Demand for Trained Professionals

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 22, 2016) - To highlight the demand for trained engineers, mechanics and technicians in the aerospace field, an Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) will be co-located at MRO Americas Conference and Exhibition, produced by Penton's Aviation Week Network, taking place in Dallas April 5-7. The worldwide competition will raise awareness for the many opportunities in the aerospace field and will help train the and inspire tomorrow's aerospace maintenance leaders.

The AMC is open to engineers, technicians and students throughout the aircraft maintenance community. The competition will test the competitors' skills in timed events that highlight the responsibilities required to repair and maintain today's aircraft and spacecraft. The AMC helps to advance and promote the knowledge, skill and integrity that serve as the foundation for today's highly skilled aerospace maintenance professionals.

The competition will take place during MRO Americas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center April 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the award ceremony announcing the winning teams on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

The competition will help to support students and professionals further their careers. AMC is held in association with Snap-on, with American Airlines serving as the Airline Platinum Sponsor. American Airlines is also flying in students throughout the country who would otherwise be unable travel for the competition. Gold Sponsors for the AMC are Ranger Aerospace, InTech Aerospace, Embraer, and Machida. 

"The AMT profession is built on a high-level of knowledge and skill to ensure the aviation industry provides safe and reliable aircraft for the public. The AMC is really more than a competition -- it's an opportunity for some of our top AMTs to showcase their abilities in techniques, compliance and safety standards. The very nature of our industry requires that we have a pipeline of skilled, trained AMTs, and the AMC allows us to invest in that critical training and mentoring of the next generation, so we don't fall behind," said David Seymour, senior vice president of technical operations, American Airlines.

The competition is currently accepting entries by contacting Ken MacTierman at 619.395.6681 or at jetdoctor69@gmail.com. Participants are:

Student:
Aviation High School New York City, Salt Lake Community College (2 teams), Indian Hills Community College (2 teams), Aviation Institute of Maintenance, West LA College, National Aviation Academy (2 teams), South Seattle College (AWAM Chapter), Baker College, Aviation High School, Broward College, Vaughn College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical College, Utah State University, Liberty University, and Northland Hills College.

Commercial Aviation:
UPS, WestJet, Alaska Airlines (2 teams), American Airlines (4 teams), China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Southwest AirlinesUnited Airlines (2 teams), LAN Chile, and Qantas Airlines. 

MRO/OEM:
Boeing, HAECO, ALAEAFedEx (2 teams), Embraer (2 teams) and AAR.

General Aviation:
Flight Options

Military:
United States Army and Royal New Zealand Air Force. 

Space:
Virgin Galactic

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