LAUNCH Academy

Through LAUNCH Academy, we have developed a pipeline of mechanics for today and the future of aviation maintenance.

The aviation industry is facing a severe shortage of skilled aircraft mechanics to fill the many job vacancies left due to large scale retirements, fewer people entering skilled trades careers and the transferability of those skills into other jobs. The new mechanics entering the field from training schools or the military are ready to enter the workforce to fill that void, but typically do not possess the skills and experience required by most MROs and airlines.

LAUNCH is partnering with specific clients and many of the aviation training schools nationwide to bridge that gap and prepare new A&P’s for industry. We have built alliances with the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) to address this industry-wide shortage through the LAUNCH Academy. This program also works in conjunction with our Working Heroes to help transition military service members into viable aviation careers.

Special LAUNCH Academy Programs

LAUNCH Career Advancement Program

LAUNCH Career Advancement Program

We have partnered with our MRO clients to provide new mechanics the chance to join the LAUNCH Career Advancement Program (LCAP). This program is designed to provide them with the basic skills to be successful as they gain valuable experience working in top aircraft maintenance facilities. The LCAP program includes computer based and on-the-job training, mentorship, and a clear pay progression plan. Our goal is to help mechanics advance their skills, succeed with our MRO clients as a contract employee and move into a full-time, direct position at the end of the program.

Working Heroes

Through the LAUNCH Working Heroes program, we are committed to helping experienced veterans and transitioning service members find rewarding employment opportunities. In addition, we offer programs with our aviation education partners to provide veterans the training they need to obtain licenses in aviation maintenance. Learn more about Working Heroes >>

LAUNCH Global Access

LAUNCH has created an innovative option for sponsoring skilled mechanics to work in the US through our new TN visa program. LAUNCH sponsors the employee and manages the TN visa process. Through LAUNCH TRABAJOS, we offer Spanish-speaking contractors a dedicated team of bilingual recruiters, payroll specialists and other LAUNCH team support staff. In addition, we are partnering with aviation training schools to assist these employees with obtaining licenses as they continue to work in the US. Learn more about LAUNCH Global Access >>

Education Alliances

LAUNCH has formed alliances with a variety of educational partners to develop program providing on the job training for new graduates, supplemental courses for those wishing to further their skills and specific curricula for military service members transitioning into civilian employment.

In addition to the schools below, LAUNCH has created partnerships with many local and regional aircraft mechanic training centers to support our clients with pipeline development closer to their specific sites.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance

LAUNCH has a strategic partnership with the Aviation Institute of Maintenance. Together, LAUNCH and AIM have developed programs to provide on the job training options for new graduates, supplemental courses for those wishing to further their skills and specific curricula for military service members who are transitioning into civilian employment. LAUNCH is actively recruiting at each of their campuses across the nation, where over 600 mechanics graduate each month.

National Institiute for Aviation Research

Wichita State’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) has made a name for itself as the most capable university-based aviation research center in the United States. Leveraging LAUNCH’s depth and expertise in providing aviation technical labor, this partnership supports NIAR WERX, a division of NIAR focused on rapid development of engineering, aircraft modification and overhaul.

SC Aerospace

LAUNCH has a partnered with this leading contract provider of aviation skill sets and training centers in Asia. SC Aerospace provides high-quality training services for airlines, maintenance organizations and other customers and for students who are interested in civil aviation. In addition, they provide a technical exchange platform for domestic and foreign civil aviation maintenance companies.