The third quarter of 2015 has come and gone like a whirlwind for STS Line Maintenance. Our Miami (MIA) operation, while having a few hiccups in the beginning, has become a well-oiled machine. We are also experiencing massive expansion at many of our other stations throughout the United States; expansion that is due in no small part to the unwavering dedication and excellent collaboration exuded by all of our employees.
STS Aviation Group has internal positions that we are struggling to source, and given that a significant piece of our services’ group is based in recruitment process outsourcing, that’s a problem; not only for us but for the aviation staffing industry as a whole. I’d even go out on a limb and say that this is one of the tightest labor markets in the industry that I’ve seen in 30+ years, and the rest of this article will attempt to uncover why that is.
Recruiting has become a bidding war for employees, and only those employers who are on top of their game stand a chance. When we find an excellent candidate, our recruitment team(s) must work with customers in an effort to move immediately. In this market, when we allow a period of time to pass between the initial contact and the final offer, the door swings open for our competitors to come in and swoop the candidate out from under our feet.
The FAA is reminding US 121 operators that they have until January 1, 2020, to upgrade their current traffic avoidance system to ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) compliance. To date, this affects roughly 7,000 air transport aircraft (not including General Aviation or Business Aviation). For European operators, this mandate becomes effective January 1, 2016. Both European and US aviation agencies have concluded that there will be no extensions and/or waivers.
STS AeroStaff Services (STSAS) has seen an unprecedented increase in the volume of new orders it has received over the past three months. Many of our company’s clients continue to express a growing need for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMT’s); a fact that has allowed us to raise the number of Recruiters and Recruiting Coordinators we employ by an astounding 25% in Q3 of 2015.
In addition to all of the new bodies STS has brought in, our department has extended its hours of operation so that we are now open 12 hours a day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. Also, in an effort to keep up with the ever-increasing hiring needs of our clients, the STSAS team has further extended its operational schedule on weekends, which in turn has added at least a 50% increase in the number of hours we put in on Saturdays and Sundays.
Going to work excited every day is rare for just about everyone, but for those who work in aviation, it tends to be more common. Once aviation gets in your blood (and it seems to happen very easily), you are sucked right into the middle of it all as you find yourself involved with one of the most rewarding and dynamic industries in the world.
I have been in aviation for… quite some time, and I can truly say that there have only been a handful of days during my career when I was not excited about coming into work. I’ve always felt this way, and as I sit here and type this article, I can honestly say that, even after all these years, I am still excited about the work that I do and the industry we are in. Here are some reasons why…
My name is Brian Boje, and I am the Senior Director of Recruiting for STS AeroStaff Services. A few weeks ago, I was asked to write a newsletter article focused on answering the question, “Why are you excited to come to work every day, and how does that excitement translate into success for you and your team?”
For brevity’s sake, I could dive right into my response, but that would be disservice to those of you who don’t know me. So in an effort to avoid isolating my readers, I think it’s best to start with a story; or rather to tell you where my love for aviation spawned from and how that love led me to where I am today.
As the Senior Vice President of Engineering for STS Engineering Solutions (STSES), I am truly excited about the opportunity to build and grow a professional organization in uncharted territory. Whereas my management activities at both Boeing (for 5 ½ years) and Northwest Airlines (for 16 ½ years) were rewarding, there were always limitations due to the fact that I was working for “big business.” At STSES, there are no real boundaries for growth, and this make each day both new and exciting.
When STS Aviation Group’s Marketing Director asked me to write an article around the question, “What excites you about coming into work every day,” I had to do some digging. I was interested in exploring this not only on an introspective level, I also deemed it wise to pose the same question to members of my team and see how they’d respond.
Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me circle back and start this story again from its true beginning; when I applied for a job with STS more than 11 years ago.
My good friend and colleague, Rachel Hood, recently wrote an article about the staffing side of our business from an engineering and direct hire standpoint. Now it’s up to me to do the same for the touch labor side of things. Bear with me, folks, I’ll do my best to keep this both informative and brief.
Make no mistake… what we do at STS Aviation Group matters. Whether it’s giving someone the opportunity to provide for their family by putting them to work, or perhaps it’s the selling of certified aircraft and engine parts that help air travelers get to their destinations both on time and safely, the projects we embrace and the efforts we expel have a lasting and positive ripple effect.
Hello, everyone. My name is Rachel Hood, and I’m the Manager of Technical Recruiting at STS Engineering Solutions. Today, I’d like to briefly look back at the accomplishments our Engineering Staffing and Direct Hire divisions achieved in 2014 before jumping forward to take a glimpse into the future. Since this is my first time writing a newsletter article, it may be a bit of a bumpy flight, but when it’s all over, we will have landed with more knowledge than we started; making it an altogether productive journey.