We are looking for people who aspire to become licensed Aircraft Maintenance Technicians — people with strong mechanical aptitude and a self-starter attitude who can adapt to our standards of conduct while working as part of a team in a safety-oriented environment. Our purpose is to bring the spirit of individuality, creativity, and teamwork to business aviation. If the prospect of inspecting, troubleshooting, repairing, and solving intricate challenges excites you, we invite you to apply to West Star Aviation Academy!
We believe that empowering individuals to shape their desired career while providing the support they deserve will have a transformative impact on the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) pipeline. This empowerment attracts a more diverse and highly skilled workforce, fosters innovation, and secures the long-term health and growth of the aviation industry. This is the driving force behind the establishment of West Star Aviation Academy (WSAA).
WSAA serves as the dedicated in-house learning center for West Star’s innovative apprenticeship program. Aspiring technicians hired by West Star will embark on a journey as a full-time, paid apprentice at WSAA for a comprehensive 7.5-month program. During their time attending WSAA, these apprentices will receive in-depth training in airframe maintenance, honing their skills through hands-on training in collaboration with Southwestern Illinois College and Choose Aerospace. Mentorship and job shadowing opportunities will further bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world experience.
The ultimate goal of WSAA is to produce a highly skilled and work-ready pool of FAA licensed aircraft maintenance technicians while removing the barriers associated with gaining employment and fulfilling the educational and licensing requirements. In return, WSAA graduates will commit to continued employment with West Star to put their skills to work and unlock their career potential through future advancement.
Graduates of WSAA will not only become essential contributors to shaping our collective future but also gain access to a multitude of career opportunities within the No. 1 maintenance repair organization in the U.S. Our employees benefit from updated facilities, leading-edge equipment, extensive on-the-job training, structured airframe training, and emerging leadership development. We provide ample paid time off, opportunities to work overtime, competitive compensation, and benefits, including up to a 15% pay premium for second shift — effective on your first day at West Star!
Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for one of the 25 apprenticeship positions available now and embark on a fulfilling journey with us!
Before applying, please be aware of the standards of conduct for employment with West Star, along with the strict requirements below while attending WSAA.
include completing pre-screening assessments*
will be scheduled an onsite interview in December
will be selected and receive a contingent employment offer*
start employment at the Academy in January 2024
To bring the spirit of INDIVIDUALITY, CREATIVITY, and TEAMWORK to business aviation. We accomplish this by connecting discerning customers with our team of trusted, experienced and quality-driven employees.
Deliver aircraft, safely, squawk-free, and on-time. Grow our best-in-class employees. Expand our ability to serve our customers.
WSAA will be piloted at the East Alton, IL facility with the first round of apprentices anticipated to start in January 2024. For more information on West Star Aviation employment or WSAA apprentice selection criteria, please visit www.weststaraviation.com/careers or contact Katie Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dave Lagermann (email@example.com).
Before applying, please be aware of the standards of conduct for employment with West Star along with the strict requirements below while attending WSAA.