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12/28/2011 5:55 PM  
Is there a reason it is so hard to find a helicopter engine mechanic to hire for employment in the USA, specifically Texas? Is helicopter engine work no longer an interesting or good paying job at larger companies? I work for a small engine repair shop and we have just one posistion to fill but it seems that every website that offers job placement assistance wants to charge a fortune for numerous posistions. I can see this working for large companies that are always hiring and firing but what about small private companies that are looking for employees to train and keep around for a long time? I believe I have looked at almost every aviation/helicopter website and still can not find someone that is in Texas that would like to learn to be a mechanic or already has engine mechanic experience. All I find are mechanics from foreign countries looking for work in the USA. Can you recommend any other websites that have engine mechanics needing work in the US?
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01/07/2012 8:59 PM  
Have you tried running an advertisement in Trade-a-plane, or find-a-pilot.com, or airjobsdaily.com (air jobs digest)?

If you're having a hard time finding a mechanic, what are you asking for in terms of experience, what type of equipment, and what are you willing to pay?

A few years ago I responded to an advertisement for a pilot position, but as soon as the operator learned I have a maintenance background as well, the job changed to that of Director of Maintenance: he wanted to hire a mechanic, and told me that he had plenty of pilots. I asked him how much he was paying, and he asked me to name a price. I gave him a very low price at the time, fifty thousand, and he choked. That much, he asked?

That much? To sign on as Director of Maintenance? It was a very low number testing the waters to see if my hunch about the operator was right. If he thought that number was high, he wasn't remotely ready to discuss real numbers. I see that a lot.

How much are you willing to pay a mechanic by the hour, week, month, or year?

If you're having a hard time finding a mechanic, I submit you're either putting your expectations too high, not looking very well, looking in the wrong places, or offering too little. Which is it?
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02/14/2013 12:52 PM  
I would also add that maybe your being to specific in the request for help. Does it have to be " helicopter engine " Instead of turbo shaft or prop engine. On the low cost classified ads. There are plenty of aircraft mechanic forums just like this one. Each with its own Help Wanted section. You didnt say where in Texas your located. But have you tried putting an ad in a Military Base paper? Like the Fort Hood one?
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