Robert Teal

Date of Award

January 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Shayne Daku


The aviation industry is growing and estimated to continue to grow over the next ten years, to a point where passenger travel will almost double. With industry growth new aircraft will be introduced employing rapidly advancing technology, and larger commercial fleets will demand a growth in the aircraft maintenance workforce. As the baby boomer generation approaches retirement there is a greater need for aviation maintenance technicians. An intern approach to fewer mechanics and major changes in technology is to implement requirements for continued education and certification renewals for Airframe and power plant mechanics. This policy would mirror that of other agencies governed by the International Civil Aviation Organization. However, there is little buy in to these concepts by the current mechanic workforce as shown by the results of this study. Those who support continued education, show interest in new technology and human error, with the ability to attend programs either online or remotely.