Universal Technical Institute-Avondale (UTI) has launched a new Airframe & Powerplant Technician training program, which provides students with the training necessary to work in aviation industry. Classes began in July for the FAA-approved program, and enrollment is ongoing.

“UTI is thrilled to bring our FAA-approved aviation technician training program to Arizona to help meet the industry’s strong demand,” said Roger Speer, Campus President at UTI-Avondale. “In just 18 months, UTI-Avondale students are able to receive the hands-on aviation training and skills they need to prepare for the Aviation industry and test for FAA certification.”

Total employment of aircraft technicians in the U.S. is projected to grow 6% annually between 2021 and 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), creating approximately 13,100 position openings each year. By 2031, total aviation technician employment is expected to exceed 139,000 workers, according to BLS. Demand for aviation technicians is being driven, in part, by a rebound in post-pandemic air travel, as well as a wave of retirements among industry workers.

“This is a great time to join us at UTI-Avondale to prepare for a career in the Aviation industry,” said Tracy Lorenz, President of UTI’s Transportation, Skilled Trades & Energy division. “There will be demand in the Aviation industry in the coming years, and UTI graduates will be well-positioned for these rewarding career opportunities.”

Students in the Airframe & Powerplant Technician program are trained to troubleshoot and perform aircraft repairs and routine maintenance; perform aircraft inspections; and follow FAA rules and regulations. Graduates of the program must apply for and pass a test to earn their FAA certification(s).

The aviation program joins an array of training opportunities for the skilled trades available at UTI-Avondale, including automotive; diesel; and welding. Training for motorcycle technicians is also offered via the co-located Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI).