2023 AMT 40 Under 40 Maintenance Professional: Douglas D. Speight — Aircraft Mechanic, Wiggins Airways

Aug. 10, 2023
Douglas Speight
Douglas Speight

Douglas Speight is one of the senior mechanics at Wiggins Airways. He has 10 years of experience with the company and has been an inspector for the past five.  

“I like to consider myself one of the ‘self-proclaimed’ engine guys. I'm always willing to give a helping hand or help with the knowledge and tricks I've learned over the years,” he said, adding it was a proud moment for him becoming an inspector and someone that the company could rely on at a young age. 

Speight said he’s always enjoyed tinkering with anything that he could get his hands on, taking things apart to try to fix or figure out how they worked. 

“I believe he is one of the best mechanics I know of any age. He has always impressed me with his technical skills, his drive to learn, his natural mechanical aptitude, and his great work ethic. When you add these skills to the genuine kindness he shows towards others and his willingness to help us all out whenever we need anything, you have one of the best employees we have ever had,” added Myriah Carreiro, mechanic lead, Wiggins Airways. 

His favorite aspect of his work is the challenge it brings. 

“I work on older cargo planes, so there's no computer systems that tell you what the problem is. Also, you never really know what tomorrow will bring, could always be something new,” he said.