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Demand for aviation mechanics remains high, industry turns to Myrtle Beach graduates

The aviation industry is turning to talent in Myrtle Beach to fill high-demand jobs. (Pic: WPDE)

The aviation industry is turning to talent in Myrtle Beach to fill high-demand jobs.

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics held a career fair at its Myrtle Beach campus Thursday.

One employer says as more mechanics retire, there is a need to fill those positions.

"The industry itself has grown considerably over time between the manned aircraft and the unmanned aircraft, there's quite a bit of demand going on," said William Foster with General Atomics Aeronautical.

"The pay is great! There's always some lateral movement that you can get into as you further your career," said Joseph Dennis, who is seeking a career in aviation mechanics.

The average pay for an aviation mechanic is more than $61,000.

Boeing says in the next ten years, it needs workers to do $4 billion-worth of retrofitting to more than 9,000 aircraft.

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