Aviation Maintenance: Additional Coordination and Data Could Advance FAA Efforts to Promote a Robust, Diverse Workforce, Statement of Heather Krause, Director, Physical Infrastructure, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives [open pdf - 198KB]
From the Document: "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that only mechanics who are 'certificated' by the FAA approve aircraft for return to service. A sufficient supply of qualified aviation maintenance workers, including FAA certificated mechanics and repairmen, is necessary for repairing aircraft and maintaining a safe and robust aviation system. Changes in aviation industry technology are ongoing and are expected to continue at a rapid pace, which has implications for the training of these workers. In addition, FAA and the aviation industry anticipate that the demand for air travel will grow in coming years. Federal and aviation industry stakeholders have expressed concern over the capacity of the aviation maintenance workforce to meet projected needs due to retirements, attrition, fleet growth, and the growing demand for air travel. Yet federal data limitations make it difficult to determine certain employment characteristics for this workforce and the curriculum requirements for the aviation maintenance technician (AMT) schools that train certificated mechanics are decades old."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/