The shortage of certified maintenance personnel may result in lower quality servicing and maintenance of aircraft with a concomitant reduction in the reliability of both new and aging aircraft. Servicing of advanced avionics will require specialized skills, yet training in disciplines such as composite material repair, nondestructive inspection, solid-state electronics/avionics/built-In test equipment, principles of troubleshooting and human factor is currently only an option within maintenance training curricula. As the number of non-certified staff increases, the need to check their work increases.
- Acceptance of poor quality work either because of time limitations or because errors are not detected.
- Reduction in the availability of certified maintenance personnel due to tightening of controls on maintenance procedures, limitation of working hours, vision tests, etc.
- Reduction in the number of experienced maintenance inspectors.