St. George-based SkyWest Airlines has received the Federal Aviation Administration's Aviation Maintenance Technician Gold Award for outstanding attendance in initial and recurrent maintenance training.

SkyWest received the Gold Certificate of Excellence, as 15 percent of its eligible employees received individual AMT awards. AMT awards are presented to companies based on the percentage of employees who receive individual AMT awards each year.

Employees in Colorado Springs, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tucson received Diamond-level participation in the program. Portland earned a Ruby Award and Salt Lake City a Silver Award. Each of the five award levels, beginning with the Bronze Award and ending with the Diamond Award, require additional training beyond standard FAA training on regulations and policy.

SkyWest has approximately 8,500 employees and serves a total of 106 cities in 30 states and three Canadian provinces with approximately 1,500 daily departures.