The number of jobs in the Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) industry is on the horizon and Delta Airlines has formed partnerships with 38 AMT schools across the nation including Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) to meet their economic needs.

West-MEC offers an Aviation Maintenance Technology program at their Central Campus located in Glendale, AZ. Students who take this program learn the skills required to become an AMT Mechanic. During the two-year program students learn a variety of skills related to their industry including how to maintain and repair mechanical systems such as turbine and welding repairing aircraft equipment, reciprocating engines and welding.

Partnering with the major airline will enhance the learning process for students taking the West-MEC aviation program making them employable to work at Delta Airlines when they get certified in their field.

“The partnership with Delta will be a great resource for us as an AMT program in order to create ways to continually get better. Delta will also assist us in marketing our program to prospective students,” says Central Campus Administrator Troy Gabaldon.

Upon completion, students are able to test and receive their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification. The district’s career services department works alongside completers to help them find employment within their field.

Working with Delta’s TechOps team can ensure that AMT students will learn curriculum that will exceed industry standards. Since the airline company will play a vital role in the curriculum process for West-MEC’s aviation program, students will be able to learn the skills needed to get hired with Delta Airlines.

The Aircraft Maintenance Technician job field will continue to be in high demand over the next decade and after several months of evaluations, Delta TechOps found that West-MEC’s curriculum meets FAA standards as well as the company’s criteria for employment. Partnering with the airline company will boost West-MEC’s current curriculum as well as fill jobs within the organization.