It seems there has forever been an ongoing discussion on the expected shortage of aircraft technicians “in the future”. There have been a number of studies and reports over the last few decades indicating this potential problem. In a recent study, Policy Solutions for a Stronger Technical Workforce, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) confirmed what MROs have been saying for several years: the pool of skilled aviation maintenance technicians is drying up and not enough students are entering the system. In aviation we do know…… Aircraft are here to stay and they will continue to improve in technology and design Mechanics leave the industry/retire and we must have new talent ready to continue the work There are a high number (exact number unknown) of non-certificated technicians working in the industry who need the same caliber of training and experience to perform their tasks Although there are many opinions on how to address whatever shortage we may have, there are no quick, easy answers to building the necessary workforce. Becoming an aircraft technician does not happen overnight. Whether a person attends an aviation maintenance training school or obtains experience in the civilian or military world, there are basic requirements everyone needs to meet. (Ref. 14 CFR Part 65 for more details.) If an individual wishes to obtain their A&P certificate with work experience, they must provide documentary evidence of at least 18 months experience for one rating or 30 months experience appropriate to both airframe and powerplant ratings. Per FAA inspector guidance (8900.1 Vol 5 Sec 2) an FAA inspector must review…..