Mechanics at Trans States Airlines now have a defined pathway to a guaranteed job at Frontier Airlines. A new program launched by the two airlines guarantees mechnicss at Trans States a mechanic position at Frontier after as little as three years of service with Trans States.
Trans States says the program comes amid an industry-wide shortage of qualified technicians, with not enough new onens entering the field to meet increased demand and replace coming retirements.
While the nationwide pilot shortage gave rise to numerous programs for regional airline pilots that facilitate the transition to major airlines, this program is the first of its kind for aircraft mechanics.
“While the pilot shortage may get the most press, the AMT shortage is real and it is here,” said 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,” added 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.”
“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, America’s fastest-growing and Greenest Airline,” said Trevor Stedke, senior vice president of Operations for Frontier Airlines.
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. Trans States says hourly pay for their mechanics is among the highest in the regional airline industry and includes up to $5,000 in annual retention benefits. Trans States was also the first regional airline to launch a paid apprentice program for aspiring aircraft mechanics.