A NEW dedicated aviation campus is set to be opened in Shannon this week to train current and future generations of aircraft mechanics.
Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd, formerly known as Shannon Aerospace, has made the investment in training facilities as the company moves to support the future development and growth of the aircraft maintenance business in Shannon.
The multi-million euro investment was also made to support the growth in international aircraft maintenance training business that Lufthansa Technik is experiencing at its Shannon operation.
Chief executive Pat Shine said that “the battle for talent in Ireland and the growing worldwide shortage of aircraft mechanics informed our decision to invest in our new Technical Training Campus.
“Located in the heart of our main aircraft maintenance hangar in Shannon, it provides a unique combination of classroom, workshop and on the job training facilities to enable us to train current and future generations of aircraft mechanics.
Specialising in the provision of airframe heavy maintenance services to the world’s leading airlines and leasing companies, Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd holds both European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 145 approval.
With two maintenance hangars at Shannon Airport, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company provides services to over 50 airlines and employs a workforce of more than 500.
Since 1990, the award-winning training school has been in operation and has had former partnerships with FAS who collaborated in the largest ever training programme in the country to train aircraft maintenance technicians.
To date, the training school has graduated 2,500 highly competent aircraft maintenance technicians, engineers and professionals for the aviation industry.
The new training school facility will be officially opened next Monday, May 14, by Minister of State Pat Breen.