West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) is pleased to announce a vacancy within the Aviation Department for an Aviation Maintenance Instructor. The instructor is responsible for the effective delivery of the Aviation Maintenance curriculum in the classroom and laboratory setting. Primary duties will i

Aircraft Maintenance Instructor

West Michigan Aviation Academy • 
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:

West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) is pleased to announce a vacancy within the Aviation Department for an Aviation Maintenance Instructor. The instructor is responsible for the effective delivery of the Aviation Maintenance curriculum in the classroom and laboratory setting. Primary duties will include consultation and conducting technical training for students in the classroom or workshop on a variety of aviation maintenance subjects and may also include tasks within the professional skills of the instructor.

The position also involves building and completion of a Carbon Cub experimental aircraft.  These aircraft have roughly 8,000 parts. The aircraft will be a functional product built by students, supervised by the instructor, mentors, and classroom paraprofessional.  During the process students will also  learn about logistics and supply chains. At all times safe procedures will be emphasized. Content includes engineering requirements with strict adherence to technical data and related high standards.  This project mirrors the same quality control standards as industry aircraft builders.  Experience in the related field of airframe structures and repairs would be an advantage.

 General Summary

The Aviation Instructor is responsible for the effective delivery of the Aviation Maintenance Curriculum in both the classroom and laboratory setting.  The instructor will be expected to conduct classroom and shop training while utilizing appropriate instructional techniques and follow an approved curriculum.  Equipment and training aids should be incorporated in daily lessons to create hands-on opportunities for students. Classroom and laboratory areas must be maintained in a  highly professional manner with a special emphasis on tool control and accountability.  Student attendance, grading, and assessments must be accurately managed.  Create project-based learning experiences and effectively integrate lab equipment into student learning and assessment. Instruct students by lecturing, demonstrating, integrating audiovisual aids and other materials to supplement presentations.  Seek to integrate industry expert guest presenters as well as organize field trips to further inspire students to join the aviation industry.   Administer assessments on a regular basis to evaluate pupil progress, record results, and issue reports to inform students, parents, and school officials of student progress.  Order required supplies, tools, and equipment as needed for the build-a-plane project, classroom activities, and other aviation maintenance related projects . Ensure that students follow all established policies, procedures and safety practices.

 Major Duties

  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, technology skills, be detail oriented, and have excellent communication skills.
  • Must be a team oriented, self starting leader capable of independent decision making with an outward infectious passion for aviation.
  • Must be able to develop and deliver curriculum, utilize best practice and web technologies to deliver instruction, develop authentic learning projects, and assess student learning.
  • Must be able to develop and maintain contacts and partnerships with those in the industry; guest speakers, field trips and demonstrations.
  • Preference given to candidates with experience working with high school age students and a diverse student population.
  • Effectively communicate and demonstrate knowledge of the specific technical skills required in all areas of aviation maintenance, to include general aviation and airframe subjects.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with fellow professionals, parents, and students.
  • Plan and present organized, accurate, creative and interactive lessons to high school students.
  • Keep accurate academic and attendance records in an electronic gradebook.
  • Maintain a positive system of classroom management.
  • Meet with parents and colleagues to discuss student progress and challenges.
  • Participate in faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training related workshops.
  • Ensure a safe lab and classroom environment to include a special emphasis on tool control and accountability.
  • Monitor all aspects of safety in a manner that aligns to current industry practice.
  • Enjoy working with students regardless of age, ability or background.
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check.
  • Follow all policies as outlined in the employee handbook.
Job Requirements:

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be willing to seek State of Michigan Career and Technical Education (CTE) Instructor Certification if not currently certified.
  • Required experience
    • Must possess a valid FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate
    •  3 years relevant experience.
    •  Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. 
    •  Knowledge of relevant Federal Aviation Administration regulations.


Desired Qualifications

Interim Occupational Certificate (IOC) or Standard Teaching Certificate OR possess a valid Occupational Education Certificate (OEC) or Professional CTE Certificate OR have a minimum of two full years (4,000 hours) of recent and relevant work experience AND must possess a minimum of an associate's degree. Current knowledge and experience with modern light aircraft (Cessna 172) is an advantage.

Physical requirements: Moderate work occasionally working in difficult positions or with physical demands such as continuously lifting or moving materials from 25 to 50 pounds and occasionally lifting or moving materials greater than 50 pounds.


Working Conditions

Work is performed with exposure to any number of elements which may occasionally require some precautions such as safety glasses, protective clothing, ear protection, etc.  This description indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees in the above job. It is not intended to be a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.


Commensurate with education and experience

Salary Range: Neg-Neg
Relocation: Negotiable
Travel: None
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