Aircraft Maintenance Tech Certification Training for Veterans

Troops to Technician Program Launch

Veterans and Military Community can qualify for Aircraft Maintenance Technician Certification

~ Program part of State of Florida’s “Get There Faster Grant” ~


TAMPA, FL – CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB), CareerSource Polk (CSP) in collaboration with Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services/Pemco Conversions, and MacDill Air Force Base has a career training opportunity for Transitioning Service Members and others who qualify for Aircraft Maintenance Technician Certification training. The grant will recognize skills attained in the armed forces and support transference to civilian life.

The “Troops to Technician” program is part of the Get There Faster Grant, provided by the state of Florida, and is open to veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. The grant provides a career pathway to high-demand positions in the aviation sector, assists in talent development to address the unique needs of the military community and relocate or transition military members to civilian life.

“We anticipate providing more than 100 individuals with this unique training opportunity over the next two years,” said Doug Earle, CSTB’s Veteran and Military Family Representative. “This program will also help provide training in well-paid aviation careers. This is a great opportunity for those who qualify.

” CSTB and CSP will partner with Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (Pemco Conversions) to launch the Troops to Technicians program. The partnership will focus on skills attained in the armed forces that have a transference to the aviation maintenance sector.

This career pathway culminates in earning the FAA Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Certifications while building civilian career experience with the Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services team. Additional program expansion opportunities exist in growing Airborne’s operations, including Polk, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties.

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Click on this link for more information. or contact Zachariah Pearson at [email protected] or call at 813.296.2517.

About CareerSource Tampa Bay

Programs and initiatives are sponsored by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the state of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity, and fully supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture as part of awards totaling $23,321,277.

CareerSource Tampa Bay works with businesses and candidates to leverage their training, retraining, and competitive opportunities in the workforce. CareerSource Tampa Bay provided 173,319 services to 37,054 active Wagner-Peyser individuals during the program year 2019- 2020. CareerSource Tampa Bay, with our five career centers, is the single largest source of job candidates in the region, from entry-level to executive-level candidates. We work closely with all Veterans.

Businesses can access CareerSource’s wide range of services that include recruiting, training for new and existing employees, targeted hiring events, and retention support strategies. All resources and services are provided at no cost to both businesses and job candidates. Programs funded through CareerSource Tampa Bay are equal opportunity programs with auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Persons using TTY/TTD equipment use Florida Relay Service 711. A proud partner of the American Job Center network to learn more, visit

About CareerSource Polk

CareerSource Polk is a private, nonprofit administrator of workforce funds. Its mission is to be the innovative leader to ensure and sustain a quality workforce for today and the future. CareerSource Polk assists both businesses and job seekers through a wide range of quality programs and services at no cost. During the 2020-2021 program year, CareerSource Polk provided 76,610 services to 44,644 job seekers and 8,837 services to 802 employers.

As an equal opportunity employer and program, CareerSource Polk is supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Agriculture as part of awards totaling $12.1 million (revised annually).

CareerSource Polk is a proud partner of the American Job Center network. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. For more information about the programs and services offered by CareerSource Polk visit,

About Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services, Inc.

Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services operates separately certified repair stations offering 320,000 sq. ft. of hangar space in Tampa, Fla., and 315,000 sq. ft. of hangar space in Wilmington, Ohio. Airborne provides a range of services to the aviation sector, including scheduled heavy maintenance, line maintenance, engineering services, material sales and manufacturing, and cargo conversion through its PEMCO Conversions division. Services at the Tampa, Fla., location are performed by Pemco World Air Services, Inc., pursuant to its Part 145 Repair Station Certificate. Airborne is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. For more information, please visit

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