As an independent aviation contractor, keeping your credentials current is critical. Opportunities for great jobs in highly desirable locations can pop up with little notice, and your chance to qualify can disappear if you are not prepared to act.
What Do Aviation Contract Companies Do?
Aviation contract companies offer a wide range of opportunities for technicians with experience in aviation technology, maintenance, repair, and operations, parts supply, manufacturing, and more with many of the top aviation companies. Whether filling temporary gaps or for longer-term employment, contract companies are an ideal resource for aviation companies to acquire qualified dependable employees on relatively short notice without the hassle and extensive process of recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding.
What Do Qualified Individual Aviation Contractors Need?
- Up-to-Date Resume
When aviation companies identify a need within their organization, they are usually looking for an individual with very particular experience and proven skillset. In many cases, certification for specific disciplines is a prerequisite for the position. Experienced aviation employees who have worked in several positions in diverse circumstances accumulate a wide range of unique hands-on experiences, certifications, and educational experiences.
Keeping your qualifications current in a well-developed resume will help you to qualify for more positions.
The experiences listed on your resume can be the tie-breaker that gives you a competitive edge over another candidate.
- Complete Set of Tools
As in many technical trades, owning a full personal set of tools is a real asset for any aviation maintenance contract worker. Many companies do not supply these. Your set should be permanently etched with identifiable markings for easy identification and to reduce the likelihood of theft or facilitate swifter recovery if lost.
- Personal Identification
Employers must be able to certify the identity and credibility of those who are working on their projects and equipment. As an aviation contractor, you will need to prove your identity wherever you may be. Keep at least two forms of identification with you ar all times. These may include your current driver's license, a passport, or some other state or nationally issued identification.
Since the events of September 11, 2001, background checks have become even more stringent. So being prepared with the proper identity credentials can help move through the process and remove barriers that could result in a company looking at other viable candidates.
- Certificates, Licenses, Diplomas, Awards
Aviation is a vital industry that demands the highest levels of expertise, knowledge, and consistency to ensure safety. At every level, contract aviation workers must exhibit proven knowledge and capability necessary to perform the tasks.
A contract worker should be able to present any certificates and licenses that demonstrate their education and experience in all areas of expertise.
Contract aircraft maintenance technicians must always carry their FAA-issued A&P (Airframe and/or Powerplant) license with them .
Road to Success as an Aviation Contractor
Qualified contract workers in the aviation industry have a bright future. With the demand growth projected for the industry and the pending retirement of a high percentage of current workers, more qualified aviation workers are needed. If you have chosen contract work for your aviation career path, know that the field is wide open for qualified technicians. With the right credentials, you will be able to find work in the best companies and locations.
To recap, keep your resume current, gather your certifications and licenses, and make sure your identification is up to date. The industry needs qualified technicians who are looking for new opportunities.