Year Graduated: 2019
Program: Aviation Maintenance Technology
Degree Earned: Diploma
Name of Employer: United Airlines
Location of Employer: DenverTK facility
Job Title: Flight Simulator Technician
Why did you select Spartan College and your program of study?
I chose spartan because it was a good location in Colorado and people I knew in the aviation field went to this location in the past. I had previously worked on aircraft in the military and wanted to continue my career and passion in the aviation field.
How did Spartan College successfully prepare you for your career?
A lot of knowledge I learned in these programs have followed me through my aviation career. You use the information learned everyday wether it be standard maintenance practices to filling out paperwork after a completed task.
Please describe your career path and how you got to where you are today (Including degrees earned).
I started working for United Airlines shortly after graduating from Spartan and got my FCC license a few months after getting my A&P. I worked at the San Francisco maintenance base for a year and a half doing all kinds of maintenance from entire landing gear changes on 737,767, and 777 aircraft. I got my tow qualifications as part of a special crew out in SFO on top of engine test runs and we would even taxi the aircraft to the terminal. I am now a flight simulator technician here in the Denver location and soon I'll be completing the AET program finishing my second degree.
How has your education made a difference in your life?
My education has followed me through my entire career and has taught me to keep focused and ready to learn more everyday. It'll help yourself through your career being knowledgeable and others around you as well. It will help you in everyday work and help further you in your career and my personal opinion it makes work more fun when you understand the aircraft and all of it's systems and makes learning more enjoyable.
What advice do you have for current students?
I would recommend to keep your determination to learn even after you get your job and throughout your career. There's a lot of systems in these aircraft and each one is a little different and aircraft technology is always changing so be ready to learn!
Please describe the ways that Spartan College faculty and staff impacted you.
I still talk to a few people from Spartan college since graduation updating them on steps in my career and it's awesome to see how the faculty genuinely care how you are doing and how you are progressing even past the point of your education
How did Spartan Prepare you for your day to day responsibilities? What tools and equipment do you use?
Everyday we are reading through manuals using ATA codes or looking through schematics so there's a little bit of information you learned through school that you use everyday! I have used the tools I got through the Spartan program everyday the sockets and wrenches I use the most! Definitely a good starter set there were more tools I had to get once I started working in the field but that was more specific to the aircraft I was working on.
What have been some of the high points of your career?
I have progressed my career in united a long way in the short 2 years I've been working for them. Got my line and avionics certifications, tow qualifications and I would have been working on my taxi qualifications but the virus put a halt to training for a while. I have progressed through the AET program as well while working full time for united airlines and I finally got my simulator technician qualification and am excited for that opportunity to work as a sim tech and graduate from the AET program here in a few months.
In which branch of the military did you serve?
How many years did you serve?
What was your title/rank upon leaving the military?
AT3 avionics technician 3rd class
Tell us about your time in the service (deployments, special training, work assignments, etc.).
While I was in I was part of the emergency reclamation team in our squadron that was in charge of salvaging any high priority equipment off the aircraft in case the fire extinguishing agent had deployed. I was also the tool program manager of the avionics shop and kept tools clean organized and replaced any tools that were damaged. I was also plane captain qualified so I directed some of the ground traffic to the taxi ways where our helicopters would take off and perform daily inspections of our aircraft before flight. I went on a lot of training exercises with our squadron including military islands used for hellfire and torpedo firing practice exercises and training exercises with the USS Nimitz.
Did you receive any honors or special recognitions while serving? If so, please explain.
I received 2 letters of accommodation for special assignments through my naval career one for a trip to the base in Tucson for a decommissioning ceremony of a few helicopters that had been retired and transported them to the aircraft boneyard in Tucson and another for the training and qualification of 4 other plane captains within our squadron