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Aviation Institute of Maintenance to Open Chicago Campus

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The AIM Chicago campus will offer aircraft maintenance training and other programming to expand workforce development in the working class neighborhood of McKinley Park.

CHICAGO, July 21, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is in development of a campus in Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood. The build out of the new warehouse facility at 3711 S. Ashland Avenue is nearing completion. The new facility will be AIM's 14th and their largest aviation maintenance campus to date. The building features 32-foot clear height, 28 exterior loading docks, two drive-in doors, 100 percent premium Ductilcrete concrete paving and 138 car parking spaces. AIM has also purchased 14 aircraft for the campus, including a Learjet that arrived at the facility in late June.

The location is just six miles from Chicago Midway International Airport, 20 miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport and within close proximity to Interstate-55, I-90/94, and the CTA Green Line. Michael Conway and Gavin Stainthorpe of https://www.us.jll.com/ urban industrial team led site selection for AIM's newest campus. Once complete, the school will have the capacity to accommodate 1,000 students. Graduates focusing on the field of aviation maintenance in the Chicago metropolitan area will have the potential to earn an annual mean wage of $72,000 per year, according to the https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493011.htm in May of 2020.

"We're thrilled to welcome AIM to Chicago," said Conway. "From its urban location in the McKinley Park neighborhood, the institute has an excellent demographic pool for both prospective students and staff, large traffic counts and immediate access to Chicago's airports."

AIM's current flagship campus is in Norfolk, VA, with 109,000 square feet—two large aircraft hangars, dozens of laboratories and classrooms, an expansive Veterans Center, and a basketball gymnasium. The second largest is in Atlanta, at 104,000 square feet. AIM enrolls 4,200 of the roughly 20,500 students attending A&P schools around the country (21%), and roughly 23% of all new A&P certified graduates come from AIM campuses annually.

Says Executive Vice President, Dr. Joel English, "There is no school offering an FAA-certified aviation maintenance program in the Chicago area. The closest options are in Rockford, two hours northwest, and in Joliet, an hour southwest. None of these schools meet Chicago citizens where they are, and AIM is here to change that. One of the ways we've had such a deep impact is that we develop deep relationships with the communities in which we reside; in fact, we start those relationships well before we come to town."

AIM received an Illinois Economic Development for a Growing Economy ("EDGE") Tax Credit to expand into Chicago and has already hired three Chicago-based employees. They anticipate hiring approximately 40 people from the Chicago area by the end of 2021, and 75 by the end of 2022.

For more information about AIM, please visit https://aviationmaintenance.edu/ or call 888-FIX-JETS (888-349-5387).


About Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast in the United States and headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration exams necessary to obtain their mechanic's certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM's campuses are in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando, and Norfolk. Learn more at http://www.AviationMaintenance.edu or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AIM.edu.

  • AIM Chicago is a branch campus of AIM Orlando Metro. AIM Orlando Metro is FAA Approved A&P School. AIM Orlando Metro is Accredited School, ACCSC. Not all programs available at all locations. For consumer information, please visit http://www.aviationmaintenance.edu.

Media Contact

Nicole Gleaton, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, 7579712766, ngleaton@centura.edu

SOURCE Aviation Institute of Maintenance