Aviation Maintenance SkillBridge Program for Transitioning Military

Flex Air is proud to offer an exciting workforce development initiative that connects transitioning U.S. military personnel, veterans and military spouses to committed aviation industry hiring partners.

The Aviation Maintenance (AM) SkillBridge program is a 60-180 day, full-time program designed to train and place transitioning service members, honorably discharged veterans and eligible military spouses into aviation maintenance and technician careers with reputable aviation industry partners who are committed to hiring them.

Applicants are not required to have an aviation maintenance background, but a mechanical aptitude is required. Since an industry work site is the duty location for active service members, full-time attendance is mandatory.

The program is currently open to military service members who are within six months of separation or retirement, as well as recently transitioned veterans with an honorable discharge and military spouses. Program attendees must meet eligibility requirements and be willing to relocate to our hiring partner locations in Olathe, KS and Kansas City, KS.

In addition to the internship, trainees will attend a 12-day FAA Airframe & Powerplant Certification Course which can be 100% funded by Tuition or Credentialing Assistance benefits. Trainees will also receive career mentorship, interview coaching, and resume writing training.

Successful program attendees will receive a guaranteed interview with our industry hiring partner Air Associates of Kansas in Olathe, KS and Kansas City, KS.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

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Who is eligible for Flex Air SkillBridge?
Any active-duty servicemember can participate with approval from their chain of command. Veterans already discharged or retired from active duty and their spouses are also eligible.
How does the whole process work?
Your chain of command has to approve you to participate. Then you'll work as an aviation maintenance technician or mechanic with Flex Air or an aviation industry partner for up to 6 months drawing full pay and housing allowance until you separate from active duty. After that, you'll be hired as a full-time employee.
How do I apply?
Servicemembers need to receive written authorization from their chain of command. Click on the Request Information button above and we'll send you further instructions.
How long is the program?
SkillBridge allows you to receive full active-duty pay and benefits for up to 6 months while you gain on-the-job experience working as an aviation maintenance technician or mechanic.
Where will I work?

We are hiring at our Manhattan, KS and Kansas City, KS locations. Temporary housing is available at our Kansas locations.

Are there out of pocket costs?

No. You may use your TA / CA benefits to pay for an optional FAA A&P license exam prep course.

Can I use my tuition assistance or credentialing assistance benefits? (CA / TA)

Yes. Our program includes an optional FAA A&P license exam prep course at the conclusion of your SkillBridge term.

How do I get my first job after SkillBridge?

You will be interviewed during your SkillBridge application process. If you are approved for SkillBridge and satisfactorily complete your internship, you receive a job offer upon separation from active duty.