Thai AirAsia funds mechanic courses

BANGKOK, 25 July 2017: Thai AirAsia has signed an agreement with Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep and Bangkok Aviation Centre (BAC) to provide an aircraft mechanic development course through an intensive one-year course.

Graduates will have an opportunity to be employed by Thai AirAsia.

The airline’s CEO, Tassapon Bijleveld, said the aviation industry is experiencing rapid growth, especially in the low-cost carrier segment. 

(From left) Dr Sathit Puttachaiyong, President of Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep; Mr Banyat Hansakul, Director of Engineering of Thai AirAsia; and Wg Cdr Piya Tregalnon, Chief Executive Officer of BAC, ink a joint agreement to officially launch the aircraft mechanic development course on 3 July, 2017.

“The expansion has created high demand for experts in the sector, including aircraft mechanics to support operations,” he said.

Thai AirAsia currently employs 321 aircraft mechanics, 105 are aircraft engineers while the other 216 are maintenance personnel, all managing the airline’s 54 (to be 58 by the end of 2017) Airbus A320s.

The company is targeting to hire 100 more mechanics over the next three years, he said.

Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep provides European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standard aircraft mechanic courses, while BAC, is a leading aviation training provider.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has indicated Asia will require over 40,000 employees in aviation including mechanics.

The 12-month course is specifically designed to meet the needs of Thai AirAsia and students will receive a salary from the airline like other employees during their training.

Interested individuals can find information and download an application form at until 31 July. The course begins 16 October this year.