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Western Jet Aviation Academy [WJAA]

In partnership with Western Jet Aviation, a Standard Aero company, we are dedicated to providing veterans with a meaningful career in Aircraft Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO Technicians). We offer tooling, mentorship, coaching, and support to help veterans successfully complete the Western Jet Aviation Academy (WJAA) and transition into civilian aviation career.

The Academy is structured into two phases. The first phase consists of a 90-day blend of classroom and hands-on basic training. In the second phase, participants work under the guidance of a team lead in the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. After accumulating approximately 18 months for Airframe or 30 months for both Airframe and Powerplant, candidates can apply for a license and receive sponsorship to become an aircraft mechanic. Beyond the academy, WIN will continue to support and mentor veterans throughout their aviation career. 

This program is not just a training Academy or internship; candidates accepted into the program are employed by Standard Aero and paid $25-$30 per hour based on their background and experience during phases one and two. Upon completion of phase two and obtaining a license as an Aircraft Mechanic (AP), candidates advance to a tech one position with a significant pay raise as technicians employed by Standard Aero as a licensed mechanic.

Through our collaboration with Western Jet Aviation, we are committed to supporting veterans in acquiring valuable skills and advancing their careers in the aviation industry. We are dedicated to equipping veterans with opportunities for fulfilling and sustainable career growth.

Getting Started

If you are a Military Veteran transitioning to civilian life, WIN is dedicated to assisting you. Please complete the form below to aid us in understanding how we can support you. As our services grow and opportunities become available, we will reach out to you.

WIN is dedicated to supporting veterans like yourself who are:

  • Seeking employment opportunities or aiming to establish a career path
  • Interested in advancing their education and honing their skills
  • Dealing with mental health challenges
  • Desiring to feel more confident and capable in civilian life
  • Feeling lost and unsure of where to begin

If any of these scenarios resonate with you or someone you know, we encourage you to join our waitlist!

Warriors in Need Project (WJAA)

As proud partners of the esteemed Wounded Warrior Project, Warriors In Need is a registered organization with the Warriors to Work Program and actively contributes as a corporate donor.

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Contact: If you are a veteran in need or a company looking to support veterans, fill out the form to the right or call us at 747-946-1775.

*If you are facing a crisis and do not know where to turn, call the nationwide mental health lifeline at 988.