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H.R. 5701: To establish an aviation maintenance workforce development pilot program.

The text of the bill below is as of May 8, 2018 (Introduced).


I

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5701

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 8, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Mullin, and Mrs. Lawrence) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To establish an aviation maintenance workforce development pilot program.

1.

Aviation maintenance workforce development pilot program

(a)

In general

The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may carry out a pilot program to provide grants for eligible projects to support the education and recruitment of aviation maintenance technical workers and the development of the aviation maintenance industry workforce.

(b)

Project grants

(1)

In general

There are authorized to be appropriated $5,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2019 through 2023 to provide grants under the pilot program established under subsection (a).

(2)

Dollar amount limit

Not more than $500,000 shall be made available for any one-time grant in any fiscal year under the pilot program established under subsection (a).

(c)

Eligible applications

An application for a grant under the pilot program established under subsection (a) shall be submitted, in such form as the committee established under subsection (e) may specify, jointly by—

(1)

a holder of a certificate issued under part 21, 121, 135, or 145 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, or a labor organization representing aviation maintenance workers;

(2)

a State or local governmental entity; and

(3)

either of—

(A)

an accredited institution of higher education (as defined in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001)); or

(B)

a secondary school (as such term is defined in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801)) that delivers an occupation-specific curriculum that provides students with the relevant technical knowledge and skills to prepare for further education and careers in aviation maintenance.

(d)

Eligible projects

For purposes of the pilot program established under subsection (a), an eligible project is a project—

(1)

to establish new educational programs that teach technical skills used in aviation maintenance, including purchasing equipment, or to improve existing such programs;

(2)

to establish scholarships or apprenticeships for individuals pursuing employment in the aviation maintenance industry, including obtaining airframe and powerplant mechanic certificates;

(3)

to support outreach about careers in the aviation maintenance industry to—

(A)

primary, secondary, and post-secondary school students; or

(B)

to communities underrepresented in the industry;

(4)

to support educational opportunities related to aviation maintenance in economically disadvantaged geographic areas;

(5)

to support transition to careers in aviation maintenance, including for members of the Armed Forces; or

(6)

to otherwise enhance aviation maintenance technical education or the aviation maintenance industry workforce, as determined by a unanimous vote of the committee established under subsection (e).

(e)

Grant application review

(1)

Review committee

The Administrator shall establish a committee to review and select applications for grants under the pilot program established under subsection (a).

(2)

Membership

(A)

In general

The committee established under paragraph (1) shall be comprised of—

(i)

representatives of aircraft repair stations, air carriers, design and production approval holders, labor organizations, business aviation, general aviation, educational institutions, and other relevant sectors; or

(ii)

representatives of recognized industry groups representing entities described in clause (i).

(B)

Limitation

The committee established under paragraph (1) shall have not more than 9 members.