Euan King, AMT 2018 Next Gen 40 Under 40 Award Winner

Sept. 20, 2018
35, Technical Supervisor, StandardAero, Almondbank, Perth, Scotland Years in Aviation: 6

Euan King was previously a mechanic for Jaguar/Landrover. 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] as he was previously a Master Technician with Jaguar Land Rover and had obtained “runner up” in a UK wide training competition. 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. This has helped Euan create good working relationships within and outside 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."