Thai AirAsia Partners with Aviation Schools for Mechanics
6th Jul 2017
Although it already employs 216 mechanics and 105 engineers, Thailand’s largest LCC Thai AirAsia has been struggling for some time to find a sufficient number of qualified aircraft mechanics capable of handling its growing fleet. Yesterday, the airline seemingly found a solution in partnering with two aviation schools where new mechanics will be trained.
These are Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep (UTK), where students will spend their first six months learning the basics of aircraft maintenance. Following this, they will have practical training at the Bangkok Aviation Centre (BAC) for the next three months. Here, they will learn to fix Cessna 172 propellers and Airbus A320 jets.
Finally they’ll go through three more months of on-the-job training at Thai AirAsia, where they will visit TAA facilities at Don Muang International Airport to get even better acquainted with the needs of the airline.
The course itself will cost about 300,000 baht or USD$8,808. In order to be eligible for enrollment, applicants can’t be older than 35 years of age and must have a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or a certification in automotive or electrical engineering. High English proficiency is also a strong requirement.
The first course is expected to start in October this year and should include around 26 students. The enrollment period will close by the end of the July.
TAA is could be seriously affected by the lack of trained mechanics and engineers, as it fleet continues to grow. Yearly, the LCC is adding five to six new planes. It will especially need new maintenance crew for the Airbus A320 fleet, which is expected to grow from the current 54 aircraft to 58 by the end of the year.
Also, according to TAA Director of Engineering Banyat Hansakul, the carrier will need to hire 100 additional mechanics in the next three years.
Thai AirAsia said that the students will receive a salary while they are training.
According to experts, one of Thailand’s biggest aviation problems is the lack of aircraft mechanics and aircraft maintenance centers to train them. In this regard, the country is far behind its neighbors China, Malaysia and Singapore.