At Atlantic Aviation Group (AAG), we take pride in guiding our people to set and achieve their career goals. In this week’s #TalentThursday, meet Tony Maher our Technical Training Instructor in our EASA Part 147 Training School, Atlantic Aviation Institute (AAI).
What inspired you to work in Aircraft Maintenance?
I was working in an electrical/electronics industry in the early 90’s and saw an advertisement for trainee aircraft maintenance technicians at a start-up company in Shannon. It looked exciting and new and I was attracted to the challenge of learning new skills. Work was very scarce at that time and aviation seemed to be an industry with prospects.
Where did you work prior to AAG/AAI?
I trained at Shannon Aerospace in Shannon and Swissair in Zurich and received good training and experience there. I achieved my first Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence while working there and held Team Leader’s positions.
How long have you been an employee in AAG/AAI and what positions have you held since you began your career here?
I joined SRS Aviation (A previous name for AAG) in 1998 and achieved certifying staff approvals on the B727 within six months. Over the next few years, I attended B757 and B767 maintenance courses and added those ratings to my licence. I was promoted to the position of Senior Avionics Supervisor, with responsibility for the avionics team and held this position until 2012. The company added the B777 to its approved maintenance capability and I added this type to my licence after successful completion of an approved training course.
The company expanded its training department in 2012 and began offering approved aircraft maintenance courses to internal and external customers. I was appointed to the role of Technical Training Instructor and delivered mainly avionics-based elements of B767 and B737 training courses to customers at Shannon and Moscow over the next few years. AAG added B757 and B777 to its list of approved training courses and I and my colleague have delivered B1 and B2 theory and practical training courses at Shannon, Milan, Copenhagen, Cologne, Kiev, Kuala Lumpur and Casablanca. I have also delivered some practical avionics courses that were specifically designed to meet customer needs.
Recently, the company achieved Cat A Basic Training approvals from the Irish Aviation Authority. We welcomed our first class of trainees last June and are looking forward to our second class of International students, due to start next week.
What is your current role in the AAI and what does a day in AAI look like for you?
My current role is that of Technical Training Instructor, delivering aircraft type training courses: (B737, B757, B767 and B777), Cat A Basic Training Course Modules: (Digital, Electronics and Electrical). I also develop and deliver bespoke training courses to meet customer training requirements, for example, Electrical Troubleshooting Practical Techniques.
A day for me could involve delivering Type or Basic training or preparing course material. Courses are delivered in Shannon, other locations in Ireland and abroad.
What are the benefits to working in AAG/AAI?
Aircraft maintenance, in whatever of its many facets that is chosen, is a very interesting and rewarding career. AAG as a company is long established and has a well-deserved reputation for quality service. New employees who join the company will enjoy the sense of inclusivity and comradery among work colleagues and will benefit from the professionalism and skills of fellow workers.
AAG is an organisation that encourages employees to develop themselves professionally and supports staff members to up-skill. The prospects for promotion are good and effort and talent are recognised.
What’s your favorite thing about working in AAG/AAI?
What I like most about working at AAG are the interactions between work colleagues. The work itself is interesting and rewarding, but the contacts that I have developed over the years have created a friendly, inclusive atmosphere that is necessary for a happy relationship.