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AUG-SEP 2018

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40 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Julio Soza, 37, Dayton Maintenance Manager, PSA Airlines, Vandalia, OH After high school Julio Soza joined the Air Force, and served as a crew chief working on C-130s. All of Soza’s A&P training was from the military, which allowed him to get his A&P license. While in the Air Force he completed his associate degree in aviation maintenance technology and used the GI bill to attain his associate degree in business administration. At PSA Airlines he learned on the job with the support of a training department for new mechanics. Soza has been trained on all three types of CRJs that PSA operates (200, 700 and 900), NDT (eddy current, dye penetrant, ultrasonic), GE Borescope, Principals of Troubleshooting, and GE line maintenance. Soza worked line maintenance in the Air Force for three years and then transferred to doing isochronal inspections as part of the aerospace repair department. Then he moved to PSA Airlines, then part of US Airways Express, now part of American Eagle. Soza is currently in charge of the Dayton, OH, base facility that has two hangars and currently takes on eight to 10 aircraft at night. He is in charge of over 100 mechanics and six supervisors, responsible for the overall maintenance operation at the two hangars. Nominated by Timothy L. Law, Regional Manager, Maintenance Production, PSA Airlines: “Julio Soza started his aviation career in the U.S. Air Force as a C130 mechanic performing line and heavy maintenance for six years. He has been with PSA for 11 years. During his time with PSA, Julio has advanced from being a mechanic (five years) to a lead mechanic (two years), to a maintenance supervisor (three years) and was recently promoted to the position of maintenance manager for our Dayton, OH, base. He has matured into a very effective leader who is highly regarded by not only his leaders and peers, but also by the individuals under his charge. He has made numerous improvements to not only his station performance, but also the facility while still building morale in his people. Julio is a fine example of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication to a trade. He sets a great example for others to emulate.” To give back to the industry Soza ensures that his team focuses on on-time departures and fixes any aircraft out of service in a timely manner. “We understand the importance to get our passengers to their destination safely and reliably.” Soza’s career goal is to continue working with PSA to improve overall performance and customer satisfaction. “PSA currently has many opportunities and I want to continue to learn from this aviation industry.” Catherine Chelimo, 39, Aircraft Certification Engineering Technician, Garmin International, New Century, KS As a child, math came easy to me,” Catherine Chelimo says, “and I enjoyed sciences specifically physics. I was always interested in how things work so I was naturally drawn to machines. Growing up in Kenya I had minimal exposure to aviation but still fell in love with aircraft and aviation at 9 years old.” Chelimo has been fortunate to have had various mentors throughout her career, from college instructors to her current team leader Greg Finch. She graduated from the University of Central Missouri (UCM) with a bachelor of science in aviation technology with an emphasis on aircraft maintenance and earned her Airframe and Powerplant license. She went back to UCM and earned a master of science in aviation safety. She has also received training from FlightSafety. She started her career working as an A&P technician at Midwest Corporate Aviation, then worked for over five years at Advanced Aviation before joining Garmin International. She recently took the position of an aircraft certification engineering technician. She was nominated by Gregory Finch, Garmin Aircraft Certification Team Lead: “Catherine has approximately 11 years of aviation experience and has been employed by Garmin for the last five years. At Garmin she has proven herself to be a valuable asset to any team that she is on. Catherine saw an opportunity to assist with avionics installations over and above her normal duties. On the road to gaining the necessary experience in system safety, Catherine is participating in a development path that includes working in several different roles that include engineering technician, electrical designer, and systems engineer with a final goal to fulfill the role of a system safety engineer. In each of these roles to date, Catherine has exceeded expectations and is grasping the concepts and technical knowledge at a very fast pace.” To give back to the industry Chelimo is getting more involved in Garmin’s STEM outreach program and this year she assisted in giving hangar tours and talking about different career opportunities in aviation to local middle and high school girls, when Garmin hosted various events for Women in Aviation week. One of Chelimo’s career goals is “to utilize my skills and knowledge in the system safety group and assist Garmin in continuing to provide safe and exceptional products to the aviation industry. Eventually, be involved in FAA rulemaking aspect.”

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