aircraft mechanic.... or need to go back to school?
I am an A&P (aircraft mechanic) and am trying to move to either STT or STX in the next few years. I am trying to make sure that I have some sort of plan for employment. I have searched many job boards and haven't found much in the way of aircraft maintenance positions. I believe I could work on most things. Should I go back to school and get a skill/degree better suited for the islands? What would be a better field?
My only bit I can contribute to the conversation is that a good friend of mine's husband relocated them from STX to the Middle East last year to find work. He is also an airplane/helicopter pilot. She told me he couldn't find enough to keep him employed on STX. No idea about STT though.
You'd get a better feel by contacting the smaller local airlines operating in the USVI. There's also a section in the yellow pages listing, "Aircraft Ground Support and Service Equipment".
ok, I am not set on necessarily staying in the aviation field. I am willing to get another trade or degree even. I am wondering what the most marketable would be.
There is a great need for a generator mechanic on STT. One that is educated, not a liar, not insane and not a criminal. Its a great field that is yours for the taking. If you fit that mold you could make a good income inside of two years. Not in five weeks, so come prepared with your tools, ambition and parts sources.
STX also needs a really good generator mechanic for an existing business. It may be a year or two before it is completely yours but it will definitely reward the right person. Contact me privately if you're interested and I'll put you in touch with my friend who is leaving.
generator mechanic huh? that is interesting. I have worked on them before and even built large (turbine powered for General Electric) ones. I will have to look into what type of certifications would actually be needed. I believe I have the skills but not the paperwork required to back them up. Keep the suggestions coming please.