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AUG-SEP 2018

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36 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Mohammad Usaid Khalid, 26, Maintenance Controller, Endeavor Air, Bloomington, MN Mohammad Usaid Khalid was introduced to aviation by his dad, an aircraft engineer. “He would always tell me how the aircraft works and that motivated me to work on aircraft myself. Having an aviation background helped me a lot.” Khalid was lucky to have great mentors and teachers who always helped him achieve his goals. They include Shawn D. Wyatt (teacher), Dave Boris (CRT mechanic at Bombardier), Katie Mosher (trained him for maintenance control position) and his dad. He received his training in Pakistan. He started as a technician at Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and worked his way up to become an engineer through on-the-job training. At PIA he was the youngest EASA SARI qualified engineer. He has his A&P and also an EASA license which qualifies him to work on aircraft in European countries. Currently he is maintenance operation controller with Endeavor Airlines. Nominated by Keith Norton, Maintenance Controller, Endeavor Air: “Attaining a maintenance controller position at such a young age is one example of Usaid’s exceptional abilities. I believe he is the youngest maintenance controller at our company and yet he is one of the most skilled and respected. He is highly intelligent, highly motivated, safety conscious, very helpful to his co-workers, personable, calm under pressure, and diligent in his work. On a personal note, I am twice Usaid’s age. We both started with the company last summer and Usaid has become my most trusted mentor. He has helped me develop as a controller more quickly than I thought possible.” Nominated by Kathryn Mosher, Maintenance Control, Endeavor Air: “Usaid Khalid was selected as maintenance controller with Endeavor Air due to his intellect and professionalism. Usaid’s degree in engineering and technology has given him a good foundation in troubleshooting new generation aircraft. Usaid has a solid background as a programmer and application developer. As his mentor and trainer, I can attest to his ability to quickly pick up the nuances of maintenance controller position. This is a challenging position even for someone with years of experience. Usaid is able to make the accurate and timely decisions and take the necessary course of action required to maintain the integrity of scheduled operations without jeopardizing aircraft safety or airworthiness in accordance with the appropriate regulations and manuals.” His goal is to become a maintenance controller of a major airline and work up to a manager of a maintenance operation controller or director of maintenance. Keilah Bias, 25, Industrial Engineer, StandardAero, Summerside, PEI, CN Keilah Bias was always interested in solving problems, trying to improve processes, and being creative. This led her to becoming an engineer and landing a job as a summer student with Vector Aerospace in 2013. Bias has been mentored by many people over the years including her previous professor and now friend, Libby Osgood, who is an aerospace engineer. “My current supervisor, Sharon Ross, and the women I work with at StandardAero since our Vector Aerospace days greatly contribute to building my skill and knowledge in the aerospace industry and my personal development.” She received her diploma in engineering from University of Prince Edward Island, and finished her industrial engineering degree with cooperative education at Dalhousie University. Nominated by Alex Youngs, StandardAero Director of Sales and Marketing Business Intelligence: “StandardAero’s Summerside facility utilizes a broad range of KPIs to manage processes related to customer, financial, and productivity. Keilah has been instrumental as a bridge between the business and the technology team responsible for data warehousing. By developing a suite of management dashboards, Keilah equipped the leadership team with effective management tools for day-to-day decision-making. Keilah was a key resource for leaders during the C3 (cost, cash, competitiveness) campaign where $8M in annual savings were identified, realized, and sustained. She set dashboard expectations and then coached many teams to help them track savings and ensure balancing metrics were visualized and monitored.” Bias constantly advocates to promote engineering as a career choice for young students, especially for women “I believe that many girls don’t even consider engineering because they never knew it was something they could do. Outside of the industry, I do my best to be involved in community projects as I believe engineering, or any career, is meant to help better our society.” “My greatest career goal is to add value to other people in whatever role I am in. I also desire to increase my knowledge of the aviation and aerospace industry, along with different areas of business operations. I would like to pursue a teaching role in the future, whether as part of my role, or in a sessional capacity. Since I was a child I believed that teachers can have a lasting effect in the society. Finally, I want to be in a position where I can inspire others, especially young girls to pursue engineering as a career choice and aerospace as an industry to build their career.”

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