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United Announces Training for 1,000 Maintenance Technicians

United Airlines presented its new apprenticeship program to increase and diversify the portfolio of aircraft technicians called Calibrate, with which it plans to train more than a thousand people by 2026. He explained that the inaugural class begins next week, where participants will complete a 36-month "earn and learn" program, receiving full-time pay, while completing the training and certification process, which will It will save up to 50 thousand dollars that it would cost to attend a technical school. This internal apprenticeship program will help grow and diversify its portfolio of aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs) in a dozen locations by 2026, "one of the goals is for at least half to be women or people of color." "Calibrate is a great opportunity for people who are interested in pursuing a rewarding career as an aircraft technician, but don't have the resources or support they need to attend traditional technical schools or colleges," said Rodney Luetzen, vice president of United line maintenance. The apprenticeship program is a joint effort between United, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which accelerates the path to becoming a United AMT, while increasing crew mechanics ground service and installation technicians. United has about 9,000 highly trained and certified aircraft maintenance technicians around the world, with combined salaries and benefits totaling more than $140,000 at the top of their pay scale.

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