The benefit of experience

“I never had aircraft technicians mentor me when I first decided to start a career in aviation,” Zeeb says. “That is why these programs are important to me. He has worked with a local high school for its career day event program. “I would bring "tools of the trade" with me so the students could visually see what we did. Sometimes I would bring a borescope and a part with me so they could simulate an inspection. I would bring a multimeter and a large wiring print and demonstrate how a circuit worked and troubleshooting procedures. Usually the students came away with a better understanding of the complexities that today's aircraft exhibit.”

 “As far as mentoring others,” Fuller says, “I have one A&P in particular who worked for a customer of mine. The customer hired this AMT right out of school, so when asked to mentor him, I couldn’t resist the challenge. Turns out, his skills are far above mine and all he needed was an occasional nudge. I think I learned more from the experience than he did.

“Today, my mentoring lies primarily in writing magazine articles on various aspects of aircraft maintenance,” Fuller says. “While this doesn’t have the same immediate satisfaction of one-on-one contact, I occasionally do hear from others that the articles have helped them in one way or another. That keeps me going.”

One of the best ways you can thank your mentor is to utilize their help, become very successful in the aviation maintenance field, and then pay it forward to another newbie by mentoring an up-and-comer some day.

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