The hard skills are the business-related courses such as finance, accounting, chemistry, blueprint reading, and computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM).
If you do not have a strong finance background and most A&P professionals do not, then accounting for non-accountants or accounting for people who hate mathare valuable tools to complete your education. It will help you understand the situations your employer may be facing. In this era of declining revenues (income), the smart employees are proactive to the challenge.
Many A&P professionals are aware of the pilot of a major carrier who realized he could taxi to the gate with one less engine in a similar amount of time and save 50 percent of the fuel used in taxiing to the gate upon arrival. Once that carrier implemented the process, several national and international carriers copied the idea. How many millions of gallons of JetA were saved?
In addition, if your lifelong learning or continuing education yields a benefit to the employer through a suggestion, many employers generously share proportionally with the founder of the cost savings or revenue-producing idea.
At Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA), near Pittsburgh, some aviation maintenance technology (AMT) students may return to acquire new skills as an aviation electronics (avionics) technician or stay for additional months to complete both degree programs.
The ugly truth is everyone can learn more and do a better job. However the latest statistics regarding continuing education and lifelong learning reports only 31.8 percent pursue additional learning even if it is provided with tuition reimbursement.
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This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen was developed by Gordon Dupont at Transport Canada. They are critical factors in the area of human factors and safety; they include complacency, lack of knowledge, lack of teamwork, distraction, fatigue, lack of resources, pressure, lack of assertiveness, lack of communication, norms, stress, and lack of awareness.
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