Meet Gavin McPhillips, Crew Leader
Gavin McPhillips began his career at Atlantic Aviation Group in 2013, joining the team as an Apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. Since then, his career has progressed to his current role as a Crew Leader in the Avionics team. Working in our MRO, Gavin spends a lot of his time on the aircraft overseeing the CAT A and Apprenticeship classes. He also outlines daily tasks and addresses any issues or possible work stoppages that may arise. We caught up with Gavin 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 aviation here with AAG. I was one of the lucky six who was offered an apprenticeship that started in September 2013. I started learning the trade as a mechanic working with the wings/tail crew. This was a good insight but only lasted a few weeks as we had to move through the various A/C zones to gain experience.
For the next month, I moved onto Avionics and this really interested me so I gave up the grease gun and spent the rest of my apprenticeship learning all about wiring and the many electronic systems that are involved on an aircraft.
During my training, I was introduced to various different roles and responsibilities that a Crew-Leader has to carry out. This intrigued me and 1 month after completing my apprenticeship I was asked to temporarily cover my previous Crew-Leader for a 2-week period. In that period, I discovered another side to aircraft maintenance and the work that goes on behind the scenes. I was so engrossed in the job that today I am still carrying out the role permanently three years on!
What inspired you to work in aviation (Aircraft Maintenance/Design/CAMO/Training)?
For me, growing up in Shannon next to an international airport, I don’t think you have any choice but to be interested in aviation. My interest expanded at a young age when I saw the Concorde training here. I knew I would enjoy a career in aviation and once I turned 17, I applied for the apprenticeship here with AAG.
Can you describe to me what it is like to work in your department/team?
I think it is very important to find the right mix between fun and getting the job done. I am lucky to have such an outstanding crew on Line 2 but also, we are part of an excellent avionics crew throughout the hangar. Together we enjoy the work we do and we set a high standard. This shows with the quality of work on the aircraft that leaves the facility.
What is a typical day at work for you? What are some of your favourite tasks to do/projects to work on?
My day starts before 8 am. It usually consists of a crew meeting before we start work. Together we outline the tasks for the day ahead and address any issues or work stoppages we may encounter.
Usually, I have various meetings to attend throughout the day but where possible I stay on the aircraft to try and work with the CAT A and Apprenticeship classes. This way I am able to monitor their progression to ensure they are able to carry out the range of different tasks that the training department and I set out for them and making sure that they also keep that high standard we strive for.
What are the benefits to working in AAG?
For me, the benefits of working in AAG is the progression throughout the company. AAG is always looking to up-skill and for me, coming out of an apprenticeship into a Crew Leader role I can definitely see the benefits for sure.
What’s your favourite thing about working in AAG?
My favourite thing about AAG is the people. I have the joy of working with some of the most experienced and professional people in the aviation industry here on the production floor. We are lucky to be working for a company that is always trying to develop its workforce to the highest standard and this is thanks to the training and support that is given behind the scenes.
If you could have one super power what would it be?
I would like to be a super-healer so that I could get rid of the coronavirus. That way, pubs could open up again and we would also be able to go and watch matches!