Aircraft Maintenance Technology

AUG-SEP 2018

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Page 54 of 67 55 Kevin Ketterer, 38, Vice President of Technical Operations, Via Airlines, Maitland, FL Kevin Ketterer’s father has been in the aircraft maintenance industry since the late 1970s. “Growing up in Minneapolis, MN, I really enjoyed visiting the numerous Northwest Airlines shops and hangars. They used to have a “bring your child to work” program that made a real difference in my career path.” Ketterer attended Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN. He says that right out of A&P school “I learned the ropes from the more experienced mechanics I worked with.” He started as a line mechanic at Ryan International Airlines in Minneapolis, and quickly transitioned to the position of 727 flight mechanic. Post 9/11 he relocated to STL, ATL, DFW, and MCO working charter/DOD contracts. In 2004 he decided to take a chance on a very young airline: JetBlue Airways. In 2013 he was promoted to maintenance supervisor. He also worked at Allegiant as a maintenance supervisor, and then AAR Miami as a shift manager. Presently he is the vice president of maintenance/119 director of maintenance for a Part 121 carrier, Via Airlines in Orlando, FL. Ketterer has received the FAA AMT Ruby Award in 2004 and 2007 and the Diamond Award in 2015. He has attended specialty training classes from Airbus, Boeing, International Aero Engine, numerous Honeywell classes, and many others. Nominated by Amos Vizer, Chairman, Via Airlines: “Kevin joined Via Airlines as the director of maintenance for our EMB120 fleet. Kevin quickly earned the respect of the FAA and fellow managers by working very long hours, attention to detail, and forward thinking solution-oriented approach. This feedback was brought to my attention with the recommendation to promote Kevin to vice president of technical operations of the whole organization. Kevin has excelled beyond any level of expectation by significantly improving fleet reliability, reducing cost by almost 25 percent, improved safety, clear communication, and stronger relationships with the FAA. There is no one else I have ever encountered that has made an impact as Kevin has, not even people 20 years older. Kevin has proved that talent, dedication, desire to learn, and hard work are the valuable tools a person needs to make a true effect on an airline and the whole industry.” His career goal: “To continue to be an advocate of both safety and integrity, and to continue to learn, network, and grow professionally.” Euan King, 35, Technical Supervisor, StandardAero, Almondbank, Perth, Scotland Euan King was previously a mechanic for Jaguar/Land Rover. He has always been interested in aviation and was looking for career development. “I needed to find a better work/life balance. Working at StandardAero (previously known as Vector Aerospace) provides the challenges I seek but allows for that balance.” He joined Vector Aerospace in 2012 and was involved in activities such as the Improving Quality (IQ) Steering Group which helps to monitor and identify any potential issues with the work area. King worked to promote company values throughout the workplace and was also part of the continuous improvement team which strives to make beneficial changes to processes/procedures in the workplace. King was appointed fuels and propellers technical supervisor in 2015. He is responsible for the day-to-day activities of 20 technicians who repair and overhaul the various fuel components and propeller assemblies international and inter-site customers. Nominated by Kerry Howard, UK HR Director, Vector Aerospace: “Euan was well suited to this new challenge [moving into aviation]. On joining Vector Aerospace, Euan was able to use his transferable skills and his enthusiasm for learning. His [current] responsibilities include working with departments such as planning, procurement, technical support, customer service, and quality to ensure the timely completion of work for customers. Euan enjoys the varied aspects his role provides. This includes financial oversight, people management, and mentoring apprentices within his section. In August 2017, Euan embarked on a Business Improvements Techniques NVQ and is currently working toward achieving this qualification. The techniques he is learning will help him to further implement improvements in his work area. One of these recent improvements, delivered in 2018, has been the move of the fuels components section within the facility. Euan helped create a work shop floor layout and liaised with facilities and information services teams to ensure a quick and successful move of all workshop equipment.” In the role of mentor, King works closely with StandardAero’s current apprentices and continues to provide a mentoring role to the company’s graduate apprentices and technicians. “Looking to the future I would like to become more hands on in the (changing) Almondbank Apprenticeship Scheme, developing and mentoring talent within the industry,” King says. “I would like to become involved in things such as STEM events and career fairs which would help to encourage young people into the aviation and engineering industries.”

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