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A resolution to declare May 24, 2023, as National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, May 24 is observed to commemorate the work of aviation maintenance professionals; and

Whereas, National AMT Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions AMTs have made to the aviation industry and recognizes the important tasks carried out by AMTs every day; and

Whereas, National AMT Day was selected in honor of Charles Edward Taylorís birthday, who worked with the Wright Brothers and built the engine used to power their airplane; and

Whereas, Today, our nationís AMTs are responsible for ensuring the safety and mechanical reliability and support of thousands of aircrafts every day and have a critical role in keeping millions of people safe each year; and

Whereas, AMTs are responsible for servicing aircrafts, aircraft engineers, and aircraft components, as well as avionics systems according to airline and FAA specifications. They also perform inspections during assembly of parts and after repair or installation of components, document maintenance procedures including component damage, origin, and condition. AMTs also practice safety conscious behaviors in all operational processes and procedures; and

Whereas, But the need for highly skilled aviation professionals such as AMTs continues to grow. Boeing projects 60,000 new AMTs will be needed to maintain the global commercial aviation fleet over the next 20 years; and

Whereas, Airlines have partnerships with Maintenance Training programs across the U.S. including many here in Michigan. Through these partnerships, they offer tours and career guidance for the schools as well as training opportunities for instructors; and

Whereas, AMTs consist of the aviationís top talent and enjoy competitive compensation. The job of an AMT is a career position and within seven years, a two-licensed AMT will make a salary of more than $100,000 a year; and

Whereas, Recruiting and workforce development strategies in the coming years will be necessary; and

Whereas, Airlines will need to have a multi-pronged recruitment and professional development effort to help identify, source, and support the next generation of AMTs; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare May 24, 2023, as National AMT Day in the state of Michigan; and be it further

Resolved, That we recognize the contributions of these important airline professionals and the need to shine a continued spotlight on these important aviation careers now and into the future.