AAR Corp. will honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy with an opportunity for Hoosiers to access 70 available job positions Monday at its aircraft repair station.
- The MLK Day of Service Job Fair is on January 21st from noon to 6 p.m.
- It is held at AAR Aircraft Services’ Indianapolis Maintenance Center, at 2825 W. Perimeter Drive.
- The event kicks off aggressive recruitment by AAR nationwide to staff up the five aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in its 1MRO service delivery network.
“On Martin Luther King Day we remember that economic opportunity is the key to equality; the City of Indianapolis is fortunate to have employers like AAR that offer more than just jobs, but tools for a lifelong career path,” said Maggie Lewis, president of the Indianapolis-Marion City-County Council.
They are working with EmployIndy, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s and Lewis’ offices, Ivy Tech Corporate College, Work One, Vincennes University and the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
AAR will be taking applications for good-paying jobs, with benefits, for A&P mechanics, avionics technicians, sheet metal mechanics, quality inspectors, lead technicians and aircraft maintenance supervisor. These positions require specialized skills and FAA certification, but not a bachelor’s degree.
“We’re looking for experienced professionals and people who are good at working with hand tools, even if they do not have direct aviation experience,” said Troy Jonas, General Manager, AAR Aircraft Services, Indianapolis. “We’ll train people who can demonstrate they have the requisite skills sets, aptitude to conduct and adhere to quality control standards, and a commitment to safety.”
The Company also aggressively recruits military veterans, which comprise 20 percent of AAR’s workforce.
“A lot of military people don’t have a license, but we count that military experience and we bring those people in and help them complete their training and licensing,” said Rodney Fuller, who was hired by AAR nine years ago as an aircraft mechanic and has since advanced from supervisor to recruiter to project manager.
At the end of King’s life, his focus turned to economic empowerment and defense of the poor. Fuller, who is African American, said he hopes that holding a job fair on MLK Day, when President Barack Obama will begin his second term, will shed light on aviation careers in communities of color.