2012 AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition

The 2012 AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition continued the tradition of the previous four years. This year there were 27 teams with international representation from China and Australia, with additional teams from aviation schools and military branches.

This year two events were removed and eight introduced. Two were created by mechanics that participated in the event last year. It shows that the event has struck a chord in the industry and people who want to give back to the industry have a way to do so; it’s a win-win. The mechanics went back to management and said they wanted to do this and the events were created with sponsorship by Boeing and Alaska Airlines.

A mechanic from PPG introduced a product and an event at this year’s show, an aircraft windshield hump seal repair kit. A mockup of a 767 fuselage made a colorful and bold attention-getter as part of the event.

This year’s event was more successful in terms of awards presented. Each team that achieved the fastest score for an event won tools. A thank you to all the companies that provided events along with judges; the event wouldn’t happen without you.
It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of this. It’s a positive event, and I’m lucky to be a board member and chairman of the event. And wait till next year, it promises to be even bigger. Mark your calendars for March 12-15, 2013 in Las Vegas.

— Ken MacTiernan, MSC Chairman/AMTSociety Director

Toolbox raffle

The winner of the AMTSociety toolbox raffle is Richard Sanders. He works for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, GA. He is going to donate the Snap-on toolbox and tools to the Institute of Aeronautical Technology, Craven Community College, Havelock, NC. Thank you Richard for giving back to the industry.

O’Brien Award

The U.S. Coast Guard team was first in the Military category and also achieved the overall fastest score among all 27 teams that competed this year for which they received the William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance Award. Marie O’Brien, Bill’s wife, presented the award.