IAM Apprenticeship Program at Hawaiian Airlines Continues to Develop Future Mechanics

The IAM and Hawaiian Airlines began a partnership with Honolulu Community College in 2016 and launched an apprenticeship program to recruit and train local students interested in pursuing a career as aviation mechanics. Since then, the program has helped over 35 successful participants complete the program and transition into well-paying jobs.

“The IAM believes that increasing and sustaining apprenticeship programs is key for our future and growth,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “Skilled trade programs like this can help to strengthen our workforce and promote more good paying union jobs.”

The joint apprenticeship program, part of Honolulu Community College’s Aeronautics Maintenance Technology Program, provides critical on-the-job experience as they work to obtain their FAA Airframe & Powerplant (A&P)license.

Successful applicants of this partnership took to the stage at Honolulu Community College’s commencement ceremonies in May to receive their certificates.

“Our union prides itself on continuing developing partnerships with our members’ employers to bolster solid careers while boosting our IAM workforce,” said IAM District 142 President and Directing General Chair John M. Coveny, Jr. “We are proud of these apprenticeship graduates.”

“Apprenticeship programs help to bring the next generation of skilled young workers into the air transportation industry,” said IAM District 141 President and Directing General Chair Mike Klemm. 

The IAM remains committed to creating apprenticeship opportunities for potential and existing members to advance their skillset and meet the new challenges of a global economy. 

As in the case of Hawaiian Airlines, the IAM continues to advocate for strong collective bargaining agreements that include language that promotes innovative apprenticeship programs.

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