About 1% of American workers are automotive, autobody, diesel or heavy machine mechanics as classified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) ( www.bls.gov). Ground Support Equipment (GSE) mechanic is a specialized skill not specifically classified by the BLS. Most GSE mechanics could check the box for all four of those classifications.
The Capacity Challenge: Part 1
Americans born between 1949 and 1964 are considered Baby Boomers. There are 79 million of us, and we’ve begun to enter retirement age.
Google “baby boomer retirement rate” and the generally accepted number is 8,000- 10,000 per day. In other words, 80-100 mechanics per day will retire. The pipeline for replacing retiring mechanics today does not have thousands of students in it.
GSE mechanics with a unique skill set specifically oriented to the aviation ground support industry will retire at a rate much higher than they will be replaced. Those who remain will be asked to be much more productive to keep up with the demand.
(Continue reading for Part 2)