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Did you know that the Aviation Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) industry is projected to face a shortage of approximately 47,000 new technicians by 2027? If you're currently working in the aviation maintenance field in the military, chances are you possess the valuable experience required for FAA certification and a promising career in the civilian MRO industry.

Given the demand for transitioning military veteran talent in the MRO industry, companies are fiercely competing to attract individuals like you. Signing bonuses and attractive perk packages are being offered as incentives. Your technical training, hands-on experience, and essential soft skills make you an ideal candidate for success in the civilian MRO world.

This blog post will demystify the path to entering the MRO industry after serving in the military and highlight how Orion Talent can provide valuable assistance along the way. Orion is dedicated to helping candidates prepare for a career as an FAA-certified Maintenance Technician (AMT), guiding candidates through the process of obtaining their Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) license. Our Military Aerospace Recruiters collaborate closely with candidates on Active Duty, guiding them through the documentation of their experience, obtaining necessary signatures, and applying for FAA certification. Candidates should be ready to complete the testing and examination phase for their A&P License by the time they exit the military.  For a visual representation of the entire process, see the graphic below:

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Regardless of your branch of service, the hands-on experience and advanced technical training you gained in the military as an aircraft mechanic, technician, or specialist position you as an excellent fit for MRO roles and your experience may count toward your FAA certification. While we touch upon how specific Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) translate to civilian aviation mechanic experience in this blog post, it's important to note that this is not an exhaustive list. Be sure to discuss your experience with your recruiter.

The MRO industry is not only in high demand but also offers competitive pay and benefits. Orion Talent believes that military candidates are the perfect solution to the MRO Industry talent crisis. We serve as a bridge, assisting you in preparing for and succeeding in a civilian role within the aerospace industry with one of our MRO client companies actively seeking skilled mechanics. If you have military aviation maintenance experience and are contemplating a career in the civilian MRO industry, we would love to connect with you. Visit our Military Veteran FAA Certification for the MRO Industry page and complete the form to get started on this exciting journey.

*We are not FAA certification or licensing experts. Please note that licensing processes and requirements may change, so always refer to the Federal Aviation Administration website for the most up-to-date information. 

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