2017 AMT Next Gen Award: Matt Neisler

Nov. 21, 2017
Matt Neisler, 27, Team Lead, West Star Aviation, Chattanooga, TN

Matt Neisler was in the automotive industry and had a friend who was in AMT school and he inspired Neisler to get into aviation. He viewed aviation as more of a career then a job. When he was younger his father and granddad helped develop him into the mechanic he is today, Once in aviation he had many aircraft leads who taught him how to perform each job in the best manner and he utilizes that guidance and self-discipline each and everyday.

Neisler went to AMT school at South Georgia Technical College in Americus, GA, where he earned his Airframe and Power Plant rating. Advanced training includes Boeing 757 General Familiarization, Hawker 800XP, 850XP, 900XP including Pro-line 21 Maintenance Initial with Run and Taxi, Honeywell APU 36-150 Maintenance Initial, and Phenom 100 Maintenance Initial with Run and Taxi.

While in A&P school he was in a co-op program at Timco Aviation, and went to school during the day and worked second shift at Timco. During this time he learned what it is like to be in the aviation field. After graduating he went to work for West Star Aviation. He started as a mechanic, and was in this role for two years. After learning what it takes, he was promoted to a team lead. He is currently responsible for a crew of three or more and participates in customer debrief meetings, identifying aircraft work scopes, and assigning work tasks to maintenance technicians. He ensures the aircraft stays on schedule for delivery, performs general work tasks on aircraft, and performs advanced level troubleshooting.

Nominated by Thomas Patrick Hilboldt, general manager, West Star Aviation: "Matt's energy and good nature keep him focused if things are going good or bad. Matt may have situations come up, but you would never know it and you never see him get upset. Matt works through every issue by staying focused and he seeks the correct technical data or information required. Even with all that is going on Matt still takes the time to mentor less experienced technicians and is always determined to utilize aviation interns so they are benefited as is WSA. Matt brings many ideas to the table to include ways to streamline processes for better efficiency and ways to improve safety. Matt's ability to multi-task is amazing and he handles everything with a smile on his face."

Neisler is currently working with West Start Aviation HR department to start a co-op program for potential future AMT mechanics to come to work half way through their AMT training to gain more experience and be more prepared for the job once they start in their AMT career. "Any knowledge that I have learned and continue to learn since I started in this career," Neisler says, "I give back to anyone willing to learn."

As for the future, he would like to continue to learn and advance with West Star Aviation, and move into a management position once he has the required experience and continue to develop himself and others in this unique business.