Hawaiian Airlines and Honolulu Community College (HonCC) have formed an innovative partnership to graduate more local students as highly skilled aviation maintenance technicians, a field experiencing soaring demand. When the fall academic semester begins, some Hawaiian Airlines aviation maintenance technicians will trade the carrier’s aircraft hangar for HonCC’s facilities as instructors. Hawaiian’s Bill Kinsley and Jason Anderson will teach classes for HonCC’s Aeronautics Maintenance Technology (AERO) programme, allowing it to double enrolment to 100 students by Fall 2023.
HonCC graduates will be prepared with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to obtain the FAA Airframe and Power Plant Maintenance certification and pursue high-paying aviation jobs. It is estimated that 610,000 aviation maintenance technicians will be needed over the next two decades to support growth in the global aviation industry.