If you want job security, good pay, love airplanes and working on engines, you might consider becoming an airplane mechanic.

In this week’s Frontiers, “Alaska Aviation: Onwards and Upwards,” we look at what’s fueling the growing need for airplane mechanics and why meeting this demand is critical to Alaska’s economy.

Industry experts predict a shortage of both mechanics and pilots for at least the next two decades. In Alaska, it takes a special combination of talents to work on the wide variety of aircrafts used in our state. Many have been in service for more than a half-century -- still in use in Alaska because of our remote and challenging runways.

Here’s Part 2 of this week’s Frontiers: a look at the UAA Aviation Technology Center’s training program for the mechanics of tomorrow.