These trades’ tournaments, developed by ATG, are an amazing opportunity for raising awareness and planting seeds in potential technicians in their early years. The ASTs will create excitement, raise awareness & attract students to the aircraft college and trade schools, and renew interest in researching aero trades as a rewarding career. The industry is growing rapidly – the future is bright, however there is an issue of serious concern – the Skills Gap Crisis. Younger individuals are not being attracted to the trades in sufficient numbers to replace those techs retiring from the industry. Through open invitations to everyone including grade schools and other potential students to attend and observe the contests, these tournaments will be a catalyst to stimulate that much needed interest and lead to increased student enrollment. Our long-term strategy is to create a synergy and network across the world-wide industry through the AST program, creating other opportunities, efficiencies and reliabilities for everyone.
The tournament, for technicians, apprentices and journeypersons, will offer them an opportunity to demonstrate their skills individually and to compete against one another fabricating aircraft parts in a competition format. The event will bring together MROs, trades people, museums and other interested individuals along with representatives from colleges, trades schools as well as interested and invited public and students. Entrants will be competing on a level playing field with their own tools where the successful winner for each location will be awarded a trip to Las Vegas for the finals. There they will compete head-to-head with the winners from the eight different regions for a cash purse of $15,000.