College or $70,000 a year? Aviation industry scrambles for mechanics as retirements loom
The aviation industry needs to hire thousands of more people like Thomas Maharis. Maharis, recent high school graduate who lives with his family in the Howard Beach section of Queens, is earning $25 an hour as an entry-level aircraft technician. In four overnight shifts a week at nearby John F. Kennedy International Airport, Maharis, 19, repairs aircraft cabins after planes are done flying for the day for Delta Air Lines, where he started working in June.
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