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Assembling Pathways: Piedmont Airlines offers a tuition-free opportunity for future aviation mechanics

Piedmont Airlines is committed to growing the next generation of aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) to support future airline growth. In collaboration with the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) in Norfolk, Virginia, Piedmont is seeking individuals who are interested in becoming an AMT to learn about an opportunity to attend AIM in the fall of 2023 with Piedmont paying 100% of their school tuition and testing. Upon completion of the required certifications, the student will receive a conditional offer of employment with Piedmont at our maintenance base in Salisbury, Maryland.

The demand for skilled aircraft technicians is on the rise as an older workforce retires and Piedmont’s growth plan includes doubling the size of their fleet in the next few years.

 “If you’ve ever thought about becoming an aircraft maintenance technician and want to obtain your Airframe and Powerplant certifications for little to no cost, now is the time,” shares Teri Klaverweiden, Piedmont Talent Acquisition Manager. “Piedmont’s AMT Tuition Payment Program is designed to secure a sustainable workforce within our local communities and help the most promising students make a smooth transition to a full-time stable career as an AMT. Once students obtain their Airframe and Powerplant certifications, they have a guaranteed job at Piedmont.”

While our aim is to grow and develop local talent, the AMT Tuition Payment Program is open to all current Piedmont team members and external applicants in the Salisbury, Maryland region. No experience is required however, applicants must successfully pass a drug and alcohol test and background check to be considered.

AIM will conduct the accelerated twelve-month aviation maintenance course on-site at their campus in Norfolk and Piedmont will cover the cost for all tuition and testing. Upon graduation, students must test for their Airframe and Powerplant certifications within 30 days to be guaranteed a job as a Piedmont AMT. Once the Airframe and Powerplant certifications are achieved, trainees will become full-time Piedmont AMTs with on-the-job training provided.

“A career as an AMT may appeal to those who have a tinker gene or are kinesthetic learners,” shares Teri. “If you have a fascination with learning the mechanics behind an operation, the use of different tools and solving problems, an aircraft maintenance career may be the right fit for you.” An AMT’s typical work schedule spans seven days a week, three shifts, and four days on with three days off.  There is ample opportunity for growth and development in the department and AMTs receive experience working on all aspects of the aircraft from nose-to-tail, free uniforms, best in class health insurance and travel benefits.

Learn more about becoming an aircraft maintenance technician and the Tuition Payment Program at an upcoming recruiting event. Speak with Piedmont recruiters and hear from Piedmont leadership on Tuesday, July 11 between 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm for an informational open house and behind-the-scenes hangar tour at Piedmont’s headquarters located at 5443 Airport Terminal Road in Salisbury. Representatives from AIM will be there to answer questions and provide information. Walk-ins welcome but registration is encouraged. Interested individuals can register here. Applications will be accepted, reviewed and applicant screenings will be conducted onsite.

Your new career is on the horizon, and we look forward to having you join the Piedmont team as an aviation maintenance technician. For additional information, click here or reach out to