Aircraft Maintenance Trainee Program

It’s a fantastic way to get into a career in aviation!


The Aircraft Maintenance Trainee Program is a 16-week program that includes a combination of training held at HAECO and a local community college partner. Candidates selected are paid while in training and after completion are assigned to an aircraft maintenance crew depending on the skilled training received. Currently this program is available at our Greensboro, NC location but opportunities will be available soon at our Lake City, FL location as well.


As an Aircraft Maintenance Trainee, your duties will be to:

  • Fabricate parts as required

  • Layout and perform complex structural repairs

  • Follow all applicable specifications to accomplish a specific task

  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment

  • Perform work within estimated hours

  • Follow all safety procedures and specifications

  • Execute all required paperwork in connection with assigned normal duties

  • Use and operate ground support equipment, as applicable and if qualified, in a safe manner

  • Work with little or no supervision and accomplish assignments with little or no rework

  • Interface effectively with members of management, other departments, and co-workers

Work Conditions

As an Aircraft Maintenance Trainee at HAECO, you will work in a hangar environment. You will use hand and power tools to complete your work and noise levels can be high at times with normal or corrected hearing as a requirement. Due to the nature of the work as an Aircraft Maintenance Trainee at HAECO, you should also expect to work on the aircraft in different types of climate conditions. Sometimes at HAECO, work requires the use of scaffolds or ladders and the work performed may be physical at times. You must be capable of lifting fifty (50) pounds and have a minimum visual acuity of 20/40 corrected. You must also be able to access all areas of the aircraft and use required safety equipment as necessary.

Training and Certification

The Aircraft Structures Assembly and Repair program at GTCC provides you with the knowledge and skills to qualify for entry level employment at HAECO as a Structures or Composite Mechanic after successful completion of the HAECO Aircraft Maintenance Trainee program. Course work at GTCC includes aerostructures industry standards, aerostructures materials, production procedures, planning, aviation standards, and aerostructure assemblies. Candidates are paid while in training and after completion are assigned to a structures or composites crew at HAECO Americas.

Program Outcomes

Knowledge and skills you will acquire:


  • Shop safety

  • Read and interpret blueprints and work instructions

  • Read and interpret Structural Repair Manuals (SRM)

  • Assemble, manufacture, and repair aircraft structural components

  • Paint aircraft and aircraft parts using an HVLP spray gun, paint roller, or brush

  • Identify waste in a process by using lean manufacturing tools

  • Increase flow in an industrial environment by using the Kaizen philosophy

  • Understand quality control and quality assurance

Sheet Metal Structures

  • Drill precise holes

  • Use a rivet gun

  • Countersink holes

  • Install nutplates

  • Torque bolts with a torque wrench

  • Install safety wire

  • Install various types of aircraft fasteners

  • Cut sheet metal using a shear

  • Bend sheet metal using a brake

  • Curve sheet metal using a roller

  • Form sheet metal with various fabrication tools

  • Make flush and non-flush repairs

  • Make complex repairs over substructures

Composite Structures

  • Layup carbon fiber and fiberglass with dry and prepreg fabrics

  • Impregnate fabrics with wet layup or resin infusion methods

  • Cure composite structures with an oven, vacuum table, heat lamp, or hot bonder

  • Make and use a mold

  • Build a vacuum bag

  • Understand composite material destructive and non-destructive testing methods

  • Manufacture and repair composite and metal bonded sandwich structures

  • Repair composite materials using the scarfing method


  • Basic Interior removals
  • Lavatory and Galley installations
  • Seat Installations
  • Bins and Sidewall Installations
  • Fastener installations
  • Tedlar replacements
  • Use of hand tools

Job Outlook

Overall employment of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 13,100 openings for aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. (From US Bureau of Labor Statistics)” –Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC)


The pay for Aircraft Mechanics varies based on experience and geographical region. Once fully qualified, the annual salary for aircraft mechanics at HAECO ranges from $37,000 to $83,000


Health & Benefits

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage

  • Short and Long Term Disability

  • Life and AD&D Insurance

  • Business Travel Accident Insurance

  • Medical Supplemental Plans (Hospital Indemnity and Critical Illness and Accident Insurance)

  • Onsite Health Clinic

Financial Rewards

  • 401K Savings Plan

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Certification Assistance

  • Health Savings Account

Additional HAECO Programs

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Premiums for Certifications and Shift Assignments

  • Employee Discounts

  • Career Progression Program

  • Legal Insurance

  • Norton Life Lock Identity Theft Protection

Your Career Path for the Aircraft Maintenance Trainee Program


for the Aircraft Maintenance Trainee Program



F/T and train at HAECO while completing the 16 week program



with Composite or Structures Certificate and receive pay increase

Skills development through in-house and cross-training programs

Continuing education with partner educational institutions

Tuition and certification reimbursement; tool purchase assistance

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