11 Ways to Completely Sabotage Your Aviation Industry Employment
Since the inception of commercial flying, the aviation industry has grown to incredible proportions. With this growth, the industry has changed dramatically in terms of numbers. There are many different careers in the aviation industry and here is a look at how some of the most common careers have been affected over time.There are many things to love about working in the aviation industry. A few of the things you’ll really enjoy include; long term employment options, really good pay, opportunities for advancement, the ability to find a job position anywhere in the world, fascinating co-workers.
What you shouldn’t do is assume that once you’ve been hired into the aviation industry, you future is secure. When it comes to mistakes, the aviation industry isn’t big on offering second chances.
- A criminal background. Airport security is tighter than ever before and the airlines have become really careful about the type of person they’re willing to hire. When you apply to work in the aviation industry you should expect potential employers to run a complete background check. If there’s any indication that you’ve run afoul of the law, it’s likely that they’ll pass you over for a more law-abiding candidate.
- Carelessness. This is a big sin in the aviation industry. Planes are precision instruments and the smallest mistake can have drastic results. If you’re going to work in the aviation industry, you need to be willing to take an extra minute to check and double check your work.
- Not taking the time to get properly trained. The FAA requires that everyone working in the aviation industry be properly educated. This means more than simply having your GPA. You also need to complete a certification process. If you have aspirations of becoming an airplane mechanic, you need to be trained by a properly qualified mechanic.
- Disorganization. If you’re not organized, the company you work for will let you go, and finding another job without a good recommendation will be tough.
- Failing to treat customers with anything less than the utmost respect. It doesn’t matter if you’re an airplane mechanic, a flight attendant, or pilot, you will be expected to greet all passengers with a friendly smile and answer any questions you might have. If you’re rude to someone, the airline you work for will not hesitate to let you go.
- Taking shortcuts. When working on airplanes you have to do a thorough job each and every time.
- Not learning the rules at a new airport. Each manager has their own rules about procedures when it comes to airplane mechanics. It’s important to read through the policies and speak to co-workers, making sure you know all rules before inadvertently breaking one and getting fired.
- Not putting in enough study time before your exam. No airport is going to hire a mechanic who hasn’t been able to pass their exam. Since the testing process includes a written, oral, and practical portion, there’s a great deal of material to study.
- A bad driving record. Most airport insurance companies won’t allow airport mechanics that have driving infractions on their record because a history of bad driving means the mechanic won’t be insurable which means they can’t operate any vehicles while at the airport.
- Not having enough experience. The FAA requires that airplane mechanics have at least 30 months worth of experience before they can call themselves aircraft mechanics and work in the aviation industry. The easiest way to get this experience is attending a 147 FAA-approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School. The FAA considers your schooling experience!
- Not continuing your education. In order to keep your certification current, you need to take relevant continued education classes during a 24-month period. In most cases, you’ll be able to continue your education through classes provided by your employer or workshops that have been organized by a nearby 147 FAA-approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School.
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