The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) is partnering with NextOp to assist veterans and active military personnel transition to civilian careers in avionics. NextOp is a nonprofit and AEA member that recruits, develops, and places middle-enlisted members into industry careers.
“This collaboration will help our member businesses find highly qualified technicians in a tight labor market and introduce these veterans to rewarding opportunities in the high-tech avionics industry,” said AEA president and CEO Mike Adamson.
Under the collaboration, NextOp will assist AEA member companies with developing veteran hiring and retention plans. It also will connect those companies with pre-screened candidates who have the skills needed by the company, as well as develop and facilitate tailored corporate training on best practices for veteran recruitment and retention. Additionally, NextOp will help those companies participate in events and programming that connect them with veterans and military members.
“There is a good percentage of aircraft mechanics and service members who are mechanically inclined and are quick learners transitioning out of the service,” said NextOp employment coordinator Patrick McManus. “NextOp partners with companies that have a need for avionics technicians and aircraft mechanics in the workforce and provide vetted quality candidates for open roles. With the AEA’s broad membership base across the U.S., this opens up a large number of opportunities for the veterans we serve.”