The Apprenticeship Program is an investment in our #1 resource—people—by developing our own pipeline of well-trained technicians.
This initiative meets people where they are at, assists them in getting their license, provides a transparent promotion process, and communicates clear career pathways so that technicians can experience long-term growth at ATS.
The main goal of our program is to help interested individuals train and prepare for a long-term career in aviation maintenance. The program is so important to us that we named it after our CEO.
It is an excellent way for anyone who wants to get started or launch their second career in the aviation industry – all while getting paid to do so. This program supports new Apprentice Technicians through their first 18 to 24 months on the job, at which time they have the option to become a certificated mechanic upon completion.
Our high standards on quality, delivery, value and customer service have earned ATS broad industry recognition from our peers and OEM partners.
Military Friendly Employer Award
Aviation Week 2016 MRO of the Year Award (Leading Independent MRO)
Awarded for demonstrating a deep commitment to elevating technology and processes in new ways to improve customers’ operational effectiveness. See here for more details about their MRO aviation awards.
ATS is an industry leader in aircraft structural repair. ATS supports Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier airframe structures for our customers through our MRO facilities in Everett, WA (PAE) and Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW). Our aircraft structural maintenance capabilities include both metal and composite bonding, as well as repair development and alternative aircraft structural repair solutions aimed at extending the life cycle of your aircraft structural components.
Our three airframe facilities are experienced in providing Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul services on virtually any transport category aircraft
Our FAA Class 4 Airframe Certification Rating enables ATS to perform Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services on virtually any aircraft. Our skilled technicians complete all stages of heavy aircraft maintenance and repair. They are qualified on numerous aircraft types including Boeing and Airbus. We have extensive support capabilities and have decades of experience with all aspects of heavy aircraft maintenance checks and transitions.
Key capabilities of our airframe maintenance and repair services include:
ATS provides our customers with rapid and high quality maintenance services individually tailored to each customer. We consistently redeliver over 500 aircraft per year to our 100+ airline and OEM customers with industry-leading turnaround times.
ATS has three heavy maintenance facilities capable of accommodating up 36 aircraft at a single time. They are located at Paine Field (PAE), Moses Lake (MWH) and Kansas City (MCI). Please visit each location’s page to see their capabilities.
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Founded in 1970, ATS is the largest independent MRO in North America serving 100+ airline and OEM customers globally.
Founded in 1970 with a commitment to excellence, ATS has been exceeding customer expectations in safety, quality, regulatory compliance, on-time delivery and value for over 45 years. We are investing in new processes and systems to improve our operational performance and quality while minimizing costs to our customers. In recognition of our achievements, ATS was presented with the Aviation Week 2016 MRO of the Year Award (Leading Independent Organization) for development of a full-service program that delivered to our customers accelerated, simplified fleet integration of highly standardized aircraft with full regulatory compliance and technical uniformity.
Headquartered in Everett, Washington, ATS has over 1.2 million square feet of aviation maintenance facilities with additional operations in Moses Lake, Washington; Kansas City, Missouri; and Fort Worth, Texas. This broad North American footprint supports our customers with advanced MRO capabilities across the full spectrum of aftermarket products and services in operationally convenient locations. With our two separate hangar facilities in Everett and Moses Lake, ATS is the largest MRO on the U.S. west coast.
ATS provides seamless support for military, commercial and regional aircraft operators – including airframe maintenance, component repair, engineering support, fuselage painting, and business jet services. We provide the most comprehensive airframe and component maintenance services at a single source in our FAA Class 4 certified facilities. Qualified to perform aviation repair services on numerous aircraft types, ATS’ skilled technicians are experienced in all stages of heavy maintenance, avionics upgrade, and structural & accessory repair. ATS is one of the largest suppliers of 737 airframe maintenance in the world, on average redelivering 450 aircraft per year for the last 5 years. Our award-winning components shop is the most comprehensive in the MRO industry, delivering approximately 15,000 components annually to more than 250 customers.
Since 1970 our name has changed from Tramco to Goodrich to Aviation Technical Services, we have adapted to new challenges and demands, but one thing has remained constant – our tradition of excellence. Our more than 45 years of success is result of our employees who have dedicated themselves to providing unmatched quality, service and safety in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul.
Our tradition of excellence and dedication to quality has allowed us to expand our footprint and services to better support the aviation community. During our expansion we have added member to the ATS family, including American Cooler Service, Aviation Industry Repair, Ranger Air and TPS Aerospace. In addition, we have achieved incredible accomplishments such as becoming Washington’s second largest aerospace company. We look forward to working with you.
Yes. The Apprentice Mechanic is a full time, paid position with benefits (health insurance, 401K match, etc)
Our facility stays open and functional at all hours of the day, nearly every day of the year. Most of our Apprentices work four days a week, ten hours per shift. Schedules are assigned to new apprentices based on the needs of the business.
All Apprentices receive two weeks of initial training in which they will learn the basics of aircraft maintenance. This is a combination of classroom and hands on shop time. After this, they are assigned to a crew and begin working in the hanger on live aircraft under the supervision of a lead mechanic.
Most of our Apprentice Mechanic positions are in Everett, Washington. We also have some in Kansas City, Missouri and a few in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
There are three levels of Apprenticeship and each is designed to take about 6 months, for a total time of 18 months. However, this timeframe is only a guideline. Moving from one level to another is based on the Apprentices’ competency and may be a little faster or slower.
After an Apprentice completes the third level of Apprenticeship and graduates, they automatically become an Aircraft Mechanic (which comes with a pay raise) and continue working for ATS, usually for the same crew and lead as before.
Yes. Apprentices are given a basic tool list that they are expected to bring and use for their work.
Yes. After a minimum of 18 months an Apprentice Mechanic may be eligible to become an FAA certificated Repairman. After this, a Mechanic may also become eligible to study for and test to become an FAA certificated Airframe Mechanic. ATS offers guidance in the process and reimbursement for testing fees.