Aviation Mechanic Training Expands

Aviation mechanics are in high demand in our larger region with the presence of AAR’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility located at the Chicago Rockford International Airport.

Rock Valley College (RVC) has been offering one of the best Aviation Maintenance Technology programs in the country at a lower cost than other programs. The Aviation Career Education Center is located at the Chicago Rockford International Airport. This faculty features

  • A combined 150+ years of diverse experience in the field
  • A learning experience that includes both an instruction lab and classroom environment
  • A two-year, FAA approved degree program and an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic certification program

This type of training will be expanded thanks to a $2.6 million investment to fast-track workforce development training for in-demand aviation mechanics, signed by Governor JB Pritzker.

“The message is known throughout the state and especially our state government that Rockford is a place you want to invest in, Gov. Pritzker said, the people of Rockford are hardworking people who deserve a great future and we’re trying to deliver that every day”.

With this additional funding, AAR will create 50 new paid apprenticeships, allowing more area residents to enroll in specialized training for aviation mechanics. As part of its recent agreement with United Airlines, AAR plans to hire as many as 250 aviation mechanics over the next year. RVC will use this funding to hire at least 15 new training instructors.

This funding continues to demonstrate the importance of our region’s customized education to workforce pipelines that support the primary jobs critical to the economic well-being of our region.

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