AAR looks to Mpls for mechanics

We told you last month that AAR Corp. was going to extend its search for certified aircraft mechanics to the Twin Cities. And now they’re doing it.

The company, which started operating an aircraft maintenance base in Duluth in November, is holding a one-day job fair Wednesday (Jan. 23) in Bloomington.

The job fair will be from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Bloomington at the Mall of America. AAR recruiters will on hand to accept applications. Applications from military veterans are especially welcome.

“We’re taking a deeper dive across the state to find people with the requisite skills and aptitude to fill these highly skilled positions,” Dany Kleiman, AAR’s vice president  for repair and engineering, said in a statement.

AAR has already hired more than 100 skilled workers for its new maintenance repair and overhaul base and has openings for 70 more mechanics. When the base reaches capacity, likely before year’s end, the base will employ up to 225 workers in avionics as well as sheet metal and related areas.

AAR is currently servicing Air Canada’s fleet of 89 Airbus jets at the Duluth base, which was built to service Northwest Airlines’ Airbus fleet.