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Starting in high school to AAR and beyond

The EAGLE Career Pathway Program is dedicated to growing the talent necessary to meet the maintenance demands of the future with a focus on five core values:



To have the integrity do what is right even when no one is looking and courage to speak up when a mistake is made.


Apply the standards on every task without exception.


A life style of expecting perfection in everything that you do.


A willingness to be coached and mentored to inspire the people around you.


Looking beyond ones self to help those in the organization, community, nation and world.

EAGLE partners around the U.S.


Selection Process

  • Students who complete the FAA General curriculum will be eligible for selection into the EAGLE Program.
  • Students must complete the AAR EAGLE application.
  • Students awarded into the program will be monitored throughout Airframe and Powerplant portions of their program.
  • AAR Mentors will be assigned to join you on your journey and provide opportunities to enhance your aviation experience while still in school.
  • Students will be subject to criminal background check and drug test.

Submit EAGLE Application

Aviation maintenance career path


Ryan Goertzen
VP Maintenance Workforce Development



Attend a partner college or university

Our higher education partners are selected based on rigorous review of their curriculum, student outcomes and strategic location. Also, each educational provider has elected to develop a specific MRO / Air Carrier course that will enhance to students understanding of these operations taking them beyond the scope of a tradition part 147 curriculum.

Embry-Riddle SkillBridge program

The Aviation Maintenance SkillBridge course is an intensive nine-week program that trains transitioning military, veterans and eligible military spouses in aviation maintenance and connects them to aerospace industry partners, including AAR, who can offer them lucrative and exciting careers. 

Apprenticeship program

AAR has an approved National Apprenticeship Program with the U.S. Department of Labor. AAR’s Apprenticeship Program is also approved by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs allowing military service members to use their housing allowance while enrolled in our Airframe and Powerplant Technician program.

High school programs

Aviation Maintenance Technician Flow Through Program – A partnership between AAR and Alaska Airlines

To ease your career pathways and designed to provide a path from AAR to Alaska Airlines, as a technician in the AMT Flow Through Program you will receive preferential consideration when you’re ready to move to Alaska Airlines. 

VIPER Transitions 

VIPER’s Mission is to end veteran suicide through the elimination of its main causes: veteran unemployment, underemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, and a fractured support system. We work to accomplish our mission through pre-employment training, resource networking, outreach, and the inclusion of military spouses in our programs.

A newly developed twelve week Skillbridge Program based upon the FAA General curriculum is slated to launch its first cohort of students in August in partnership with the Aircraft Maintenance Fraternal Association (AMFA), Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) and AAR as the primary hiring partner. 


AAR Fellowship Program (Rock Valley College only)

The AAR EAGLE Fellowship Program is the latest addition to our existing EAGLE Career Pathway Program to help grow the aviation technician pipeline. As an EAGLE Fellow students will receive tuition assistance up to $15,000 and have the ability to work at our Rockford MRO facility while completing their Airframe and Powerplant program at Rock Valley College. Upon graduation AAR will provide financial assistance to ensure that each fellow receives their Airframe and Powerplant certification. AAR Fellows must agree to work for AAR a minimum of two years. 2021 applications are now closed. 

RVC Aviation Maintenance Students Launch Their Career with AAR

By the numbers

7 Eagle Pathway schools -
30+ students in the pipeline

4 Sheet Metal Programs -
70 students

6 Skillbridge Programs -
156 students

In 2018, the aerospace and defense industry hired more than 86,000 people to fill jobs that are evolving and changing at a speed never seen before.

(Source: 2019 Workforce Report and Data Aviation Week) 

By 2022, demand will outpace supply of aviation maintenance technicians.

(Source: 2019 Oliver Wyman) 

739,000 technicians are needed globally with 192,000 in North America.

(Source: 2020 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook)