ERIC Number: ED254694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of the Aircraft Maintenance Industry to Solicit Perceptions Regarding the Effectiveness of Recent Graduates of F.A.A. Approved Maintenance Schools.
O'Brian, Benjamin H.
A study examined the perceptions of employers in the aircraft maintenance industry regarding the effectiveness of recent graduates of Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA)-approved maintenance schools. Of the 100 employers who were contacted, 68 returned usable surveys. Based on responses, it was concluded that the views of employers in the aviation industry concerning the effectiveness of programs to train aircraft maintenance technicians parallel those views expressed by aviation mechanics educators in a 1979 national opinion survey conducted by Johnson and Ziegler. Ninety-seven percent of the employers surveyed felt that aviation mechanics educators should have at least two years of work experience before teaching, 83 percent thought that less time should be devoted to wooden structures, and 77 percent indicated that more instructional time is needed for turbine engines. Although more than 98 percent of the respondents advocated additional training in a variety of subjects, few wished to change or reduce training in the present curriculum. (Appendixes to this report include the survey instrument, selected responses to open-ended questions included on the survey, a list of those employers contacted during the study, and a complete tabulation of responses to the individual survey questions.) (MN)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Aviation Mechanics, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Equipment Maintenance, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, Job Performance, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Content, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, School Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Technical Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Employer Surveys
Note: Master's thesis, Southern Illinois University. For a related document, see ED 222 774.