Envoy Air is looking to the military demographic to meet its growing aviation maintenance workforce needs by launching a new Military Transition Program. The program combines accelerated training for an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) license, a clear pathway to employment at the airline and a variety of perks valued at up to $11,000.
“We know the caliber of aviation mechanics who serve in our nation’s military and are looking to hire the best of the best,” says Jay Murray, VP Maintenance at Envoy. According to Murray, the push for new hires is in direct response to the airline’s growing fleet, which is preparing to welcome 40 new Embraer 175 (E175) two-class regional jets in the next 18 months. The new aircraft will nearly double the airline’s fleet by 2020. The airline currently operates a fleet of more than 170 aircraft consisting of Bombardier CRJ-700s and Embraer 145s and 140s.
The Military Transition Program is open to any former or active military service members with aviation maintenance experience and Envoy says it has no limits on how many candidates it can accommodate as long as applicants are qualified. The airline is working with an external company in Dallas to provide a two-week accelerated training course, which will prepare program participants to take the A&P licensing test.
During the program, Envoy will cover the full cost for participants—including lodging and meals—in return for a two-year commitment to employment with the airline. Participants will also be eligible for all of the airline’s regular employee benefits and receive a professional toolbox with tools valued at more than $3,000, according to Envoy.
“In just a matter of weeks, you can earn your A&P license and entire new hire training at Envoy,” says Murray. “We now offer all mechanics a signing bonus of up to $7,500, based on their years of experience. And depending on your base, you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.”
Envoy has maintenance bases in a variety of locations, including Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York City and an assortment of other mid-sized cities in the U.S. According to the airline, qualified candidates who complete the program will be able to work as an A&P mechanic at any open positions within Envoy’s system.
The airline introduced a similar program for pilots in 2016 called the Rotor Transition Program, which supports military helicopter pilots looking to transition into commercial aviation. Envoy says it has more than 1,100 veterans currently working company-wide.