Greg Dillinger, with AAR, stopped by the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics Wednesday afternoon. The goal of his visit was to inspire PIA students to consider working with the company.
AAR provides heavy maintenance inspections, modifications and upgrades to many commercial aircraft, including Airbus and Boeing.
It has five repair stations in the United States and currently employs about 4,000 certified aircraft mechanics.
Since the industry is growing, AAR knows it'll need more.
"We will need between 600,000 and 700,000 airframe and power plant certified aircraft technicians to help us make sure that we are doing aircraft maintenance to the highest degree of airworthiness or safety of flight," Dillinger said.
He said due to the industry's growing demand, the sky is the limit when it comes to economic opportunities for certified aircraft mechanics.