Aircraft Maintenance Technology

AUG-SEP 2018

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Page 52 of 67 53 William Villanueva, 39, AMT Instructor, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Chesapeake, VA William Villanueva has always loved watching jets in the sky. He lived next to an outlying airfield where the Navy would practice their touch and go. He joined the Marine Corps to be an aircraft mechanic. “The love for working on and with aircraft always stuck with me even after I got out of the Marines.” He received his aviation training from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, VA. One of his mentors is Jerry Lee, a maintenance instructor. “His teaching style kept you attentive and eager to learn. When I went from student to peer he helped me to become a good instructor and whenever I needed help again he was always there to lend a hand.” While in the Marines, he was a shift supervisor and shop inspector, quality assurance inspector, in flight trouble shooter, aviation gas free engineer, joint oil analysis technician, and shop supervisor. Currently he is an AMT instructor at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, VA. Nominated by Timothy Murray, Program Coordinator, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and 2017 AMT Next Gen Award Winner: “William Villanueva is the kind of person who not only has a talent for aviation maintenance, but also has the ability to inspire others within the field. William came to the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in order to pursue his love for aviation maintenance in the private sector. His ability to break down complex systems, and to simplistically convey the science behind aviation maintenance technology proved a valuable asset to his fellow students. Today, Will is a teacher at the very same school he once attended. His creativity coupled with his talent for inspiring others has made him very popular among the student body. Will employs competitive games, visual ques and props, and a blend of Marine Corps discipline and humor to teach future mechanics in the field of aviation maintenance. His students applaud his methods to make class fun, including using a homemade flag that he throws to denote incorrect answers, in much the same way a referee uses a flag in a game of football. The skies are safer today because William Villanueva has taken on the responsibility of making sure future mechanics are just as capable as he is.” He gives back to the industry by instructing future aviation mechanics. As for future goals, Villanueva wants to work in general aviation, and on fabric and wooden aircraft, refurbishing the old aircraft. Adrian Rothrock, 39, Campus Executive Director, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Kansas City, MO Adrian Rothrock didn’t start out looking for a career in aviation. It found him. “I wanted to find a place where I could grow and at the same time help people. Aviation Institute of Maintenance has done that for me for the past 10 years.” Over his career Rothrock has worked with many different people that have had an impact on him. “I remember them all fondly for what they gave me. They probably don’t even realize it. As simple as it is, one important thing to do is listen. If you are reading this and know me, I have probably kept something you have said to me close to me. For that I am thankful.” Rothrock started at Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) in admissions, spent two years as a director of admissions, and the last seven years as the campus executive director. He is responsible for the operations of the Kansas City campus. Nominated by Daniel Dappen, Retired SMSgt/Aircraft Mechanic, U.S. Air Force: “Adrian’s think outside the box and innovative thinking allowed him to construct a five-week Professional Military Certification Course (PMAC) at the Kansas City AIM school. This program takes the military aviation mechanic’s hands-on experience and streamlines the A&P certification process allowing military aviation mechanics to earn their A&P certification in as little as five weeks. Over the past year Adrian has set up this program across four U.S. Air Force bases and is working to expand to other bases over the next year. His mentorship and leadership has paved the way allowing over 80+ military students to earn their A&P certification bridging the gap between the military and the civilian community. Adrian is committed to ensuring that all military aviation mechanics have a chance to earn their A&P while serving their country. His contribution has opened doors and opportunities for many transitioning military personnel when it comes to quality of life and securing jobs in the aviation industry because of this program he introduced. Adrian is passionate about producing and maintaining highly qualified aviation mechanics and the aviation community will continue to strive because of his commitment and devotion. I believe Adrian is truly a pioneer in this industry not only for the civilian sector but for the military side as well.” Rothrock’s career goal is to continue giving individuals pursuing their A&P a “high quality education at Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and have students proud of their choice to study with us.”

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