Aircraft mechanics at Trans States Airlines now have a defined pathway to a job at Frontier Airlines. A new program launched by the two airlines offers mechanics at Trans States a position at Frontier after as little as three years of service with Trans States.
This program comes amid an industry-wide shortage of qualified mechanics or AMTs. “While the pilot shortage may get the most press, the AMT shortage is real and it is here,” says Brian Randow, chief operating officer at Trans States Airlines. “In this competitive hiring environment, we must find ways to attract talented AMTs to our airline. A guaranteed job with a top airline like Frontier is a tremendous incentive to join our team, and it’s something that no other airline can offer.”
“As an industry, we must continue to find creative opportunities to meet current demand, but also ensure that the next generation of aviators is stronger and more robust than it is today,” adds Matt Wright, director of Maintenance at Trans States. “This program, in conjunction with the Trans States Apprentice program for aspiring AMTs, provides a clear and defined career path from high school to retirement, and will be instrumental in achieving those goals.”
Trevor Stedke, senior vice president of Operations for Frontier Airlines concurs, “With the limited number of aircraft mechanics currently entering the field, this new program, the first in the industry, will allow us to hire experienced AMT’s through a more streamlined process. As we [Frontier Airlines] continue to grow and expand our network, there’s never been a better time to join Frontier.”
Other recent Trans States initiatives to attract qualified mechanics include a new program targeted at military aircraft mechanics that funds the costs of civilian licensing requirements, as well as a signing bonus of up to $15,000, according to the company.