David Kiely joined Atlantic Aviation Group in October 2019 and has already made an impact in the Quality team. Working as a Health and Safety Specialist, David’s role involves working on multiple projects to ensure health and safety standards are adhered to across our facilities and also delivers health and safety training to our teams. We caught up with David to learn more about his experience in Atlantic Aviation Group.
Can you tell me about yourself and your career so far? When did you join the team at Atlantic Aviation Group and how has your experience been?
I started my career in health and safety in the construction industry in 2014 and I was working all over Ireland on multiple projects. I have worked on houses, bridges, multi–story apartment complexes and factories like Dairy Gold. I think back to my first ever Job as a Health and Safety Officer and was working on the construction of the new tiger enclosure in FOTA Island – a great way to start my career. Some of the large flagship projects I have been involved in were Adare Manor and Clancy Quay in Dublin. After some time in the construction industry, I decided to make the move to AAG in October 2019 and it has been the best choice I ever made. Everyone is very welcoming here and focused on achieving high standards with regards Health and Safety. The company is supportive of everyone and is eager to reach new standards across the board – it is really refreshing. Every day brings something new.
What inspired you to work in aviation (Aircraft Maintenance/Design/CAMO/Training)?
I always had an interest in the aviation industry. When I was in transition year, I got the opportunity to work as a mechanic with Rescue115. During this time, I worked on repairs of a rescue helicopter and watch the planes land and take off from the airport. It was then I decided that I wanted to get into the aviation industry.
Can you describe to me what it is like to work in your department/team?
General every day is fun; there is a good laugh in the office most days. The guys on the team are very helpful and always there to answer my questions. Everybody works together and helps each other.
What is a typical day at work for you? What are some of your favourite tasks to do/projects to work on?
I try to be on the floor as much as possible, keeping an eye on the health and safety standards and making sure everyone is working safe. Some of my favourite tasks are the daily walks and grading each line and shop on their safety standards for the day. I also like to try to get each crew to gain 100% in their area so they can be rewarded for their hard work. I am also working on a few projects to bring AAG to the next level of safety standards which will hopefully earn AAG some Health & Safety awards.
What are the benefits to working in AAG?
Some benefits include flexi time, the use of technology and working with multiple teams that work together to achieve the same goals is a major benefit – you are never on your own.
What’s your favourite thing about working in AAG?
The comradery with everyone.
If you could have one super power what would it be?
To be able speak and understand any language.