Contact: Jay Johnson, National Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: (720) 744-6632
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association National Executive Council is accepting applications for two scholarships. Scholarships will be $2500, payable to each recipient’s institution of higher learning. To qualify, applicants must be enrolled as a student in an A&P school, a U.S. citizen, and a demonstrated passion for the craft.
Completed applications must be submitted along with a transcript and 500-word essay entitled “safety in the air begins with quality maintenance on the ground."
Founded in 1962, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft oriented, independent aviation union. AMFA represents licensed and unlicensed technicians and related employees actively involved in the aviation industry. These technician and related employees work directly on aircraft and/or components, support equipment, and facilities. AMFA is committed to elevating the professional standing of technicians and to achieving progressive improvements in wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled craftsmen and women it represents. For more information about AMFA visit www.amfanational.org.
This year the competition will provide a designated area for recruiters and student competitors to discuss career opportunities. Corporate recruitment tables are available to bronze, gold and platinum sponsors.
For more information on sponsorship, visit www.aerospacecompetition.com/sponsor.html or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students looking for employment are encouraged to bring resumes. Sign up to receive the AMC newsletter to receive notification when early resume submissions opportunities are available.
The Aerospace Maintenance Council (AMC) Phoebe Omlie Scholarship supports students with career ambitions in aviation maintenance. AMC is soliciting $2,500 donations to fund the scholarships; contributors will be recognized during the Aerospace Maintenance Competition awards ceremony, taking place in conjunction with MRO Americas in Atlanta on April 11, 2019.
The AMC is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes and celebrates the aviation technician, promotes career opportunities in aviation maintenance, and supports initiatives to enhance aerospace safety. The organization is led by impassioned individuals deeply committed to maintaining the craft’s professional integrity and cultivating its talent pipeline.
The Aerospace Maintenance Competition—the council’s premier industry event—recently celebrated its 6th anniversary. This coming year, the competition will host 80, five-person teams from all over the world, the largest group of current and future maintenance professionals ever to compete.
In 2017, the council opted to support its student competitors by creating a scholarship in recognition of Phoebe Jane Fairgrave Omlie, the first female to receive an FAA aircraft mechanic’s license in 1927. Since then, seven aviation maintenance students have received $13,000 in education-related assistance. Our goal is to double that amount in 2019.
Scholarships were historically funded from the unspent cash balance of the AMC annual budget. In 2019, we are making a specific appeal to industry advocates so we can provide even more educational opportunities to support men and women interested in the art and science of aviation maintenance.
We hope you will help strengthen our base of support as we continue fostering new and emerging technicians. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact AMC president John Goglia at email@example.com or scholarship chair Loretta Alkalay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aerospace Maintenance Council hosts annually the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC). This year’s event will take place on April 8-11, 2019 in Atlanta.
The event showcases the talent required of aviation maintenance technicians to maintain aircraft and spacecraft in safe, airworthy condition. To further support our future mechanics, AMC is proud to provide scholarships in recognition of Phoebe Jane Fairgrave Omlie, the first female to receive an FAA aircraft mechanic’s license in 1927. Phoebe helped show the world that women were just as capable as men in repairing and maintaining aircraft.
Awards in the amount of $500-2500 are possible only through the generous contributions of our sponsors. The council is currently soliciting financial contributions in support of these scholarships. For more information, visit www.aerospacecompetition.com/scholarship.
REPEAT CHAMPIONS! UNITED AIRLINES TEAM CLEVELAND WINS 2018 WILLIAM F. “BILL” O’BRIEN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE PRESENTED BY SNAP-O
Kenosha, Wis., April 27, 2018 – A dynasty of excellence in aircraft maintenance is forming in Northern Ohio as United Airlines Team Cleveland repeated as champions in the annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on.
United Airlines Team Cleveland topped 67 other teams from around the world, the most ever to compete, in route to capturing the famed William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance. It was awarded at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on, April 9-12, at the MRO Americas Convention in Orlando.
“It’s amazing winning this award again, there’s no other way to describe it,” said Jack Waldeck, aircraft maintenance technician, United Airlines. “The support we received from United was great, we couldn’t ask for anything more. We trained very hard, which is why this is so satisfying for us. We’re very excited to bring the O’Brien trophy back to Cleveland.”
Joining Waldeck on United Airlines Team Cleveland were Harold Dschuhan, Daniel Morrison, Garrett Morrison, R.J. Peterson, David Vance, Brian Hall (coach) and Russ Peterson (captain).
“It’s very gratifying to see the commitment from United and they’re behind us 100 percent,” Team Captain Russ Petersons said. “This year we had four teams entered in the competition (Cleveland, San Francisco, Houston and Orlando); it’s great having United behind all of us competing in the AMC.”
The William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance, is the grand prize for the team with the overall winning score in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. The four-foot tall O’Brien trophy will be on display at United Airlines’ Cleveland maintenance facility for the next 12 months. The trophy, which features a bust of Charles E. Taylor, an aviation pioneer who built and maintained the first aircraft engine used by the Wright Brothers. Sponsorship of the Award is part of Snap-on’s continued commitment to the Aerospace Maintenance Competition and aviation maintenance technicians around the world.
“The Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on is designed to demonstrate the highly technical skills and knowledge that’s required of aviation technicians today,” said Tom Murray, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Snap-on Industrial. “We’re very proud of all the participating teams, and especially the talented professionals at United Airlines Team Cleveland for repeating as champions. When you take home the William O’Brien trophy, you’re the best of the best in the MRO profession.”
The Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on, and hosted by the Aerospace Maintenance Council (www.aerospacecompetition.org), is an event that gives teams of licensed AMTs, AMEs, international military personnel and qualified aviation maintenance students the chance to test their aviation maintenance skills against those of their peers. The competition included 28 challenges in areas such as avionics, safety wiring, fiber optics/flight control rigging, hydraulics, jet engine troubleshooting, workplace safety SMS and other tasks. Teams had 15 minutes to accurately complete each task; teams that finished their tasks in less than the allotted time received higher scores.
“The Aerospace Maintenance Competition is about raising awareness among the public, and within the aviation industry, about the knowledge, skill and integrity that today’s aircraft and spacecraft engineers and technicians possess. The AMC was created to promote the craft so that others know what our responsibilities are, and newcomers know what to expect,” said Ken MacTiernan, chairman of the Aerospace Maintenance Competition.
School Category; Other Top Finishers
This year, 25 school teams entered the competition, with Aviation Institute of Maintenance Houston taking home top honors.
“When they announced we won, I think the tears started flowing a little bit,” said Michael Riccardelli, team captain and instructor, Aviation Institute of Maintenance Houston.
This is the school’s first championship in nine years at the AMC. Riccardelli said the team put in more than 200 hours of practice in preparation for this year’s event, and three returning team members collectively had more than 500 hours of practice.
“The reason why it’s important we come to the AMC every year is to get our students noticed and let the industry know that we have some really good technicians coming out,” Riccardelli said. “I’m very proud of our team, and excited for their futures as they embark on their careers.
Top finishers in other categories included:
General Aviation Industry
Female Team Category
United Competing with Professionalism Award
Charles E. Taylor Professional AMT Award
Phoebe Omlie Scholarship Award (Phoebe Omlie was the first female to receive an FAA aircraft mechanic’s license in 1927).
In addition to the William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance, Snap-on provided all the tools and equipment used by the participants during the competition, and donated more than $75,000 in tools and equipment prizes to top finishers in the competition. More than 50 other companies, educational institutions, community organizers and individual volunteers contributed time, resources, prizes, product and airline miles to the event. Premium sponsors included American Airlines and Pratt & Whitney.
For more information about Snap-on, call 877.740.1900, or visit http://www.snapon.com. For information on the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, visit www.aerospacecompetition.com. To watch a recap of the 2018 Aerospace Maintenance Competition, visit https://youtu.be/sI0YcHDVyqo.
About Snap-on Industrial
Snap-on Industrial is a division of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics, equipment, software and service solutions for professional users. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as customers in industry, government, agriculture, aviation and natural resources. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distribution and Web-based channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $3.7 billion, S&P 500 Company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
About Aerospace Maintenance Council
The Aerospace Maintenance Council is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the aviation maintenance profession. The council’s flagstone event, the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, recognizes and celebrates the aviation maintenance technician, and raises awareness of the knowledge and skill required to maintain safe, airworthy aircraft, worldwide.
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The Aerospace Maintenance Competition showcases the talent required of aviation maintenance technicians to maintain aircraft and spacecraft in safe, airworthy condition. To further support of our future mechanics, AMC is proud to provide a scholarship in recognition of Phoebe Jane Fairgrave Omlie, the first female to receive an FAA aircraft mechanic’s license in 1927. Phoebe helped show the world that women were just as capable as men in repairing and maintaining aircraft.
Awards in the amount of $1,000-$2,000 were presented at the 2018 AMC on April 12 in Orlando. This year's recipients were:
The scholarship is supported through the generous contributions of AMC participants and sponsors. For more information and to apply, visit www.aerospacecompetition.com/scholarship. Applications for next year's award are due March 15, 2019.
Bob Whopperer, VP of Business Development, from Spectro Scientific visited West LA College to hand deliver their prize for the team with the fastest score in the oil analysis event. The school received a MiniVisc 3050 and standard accessories. This package has a commercial value of $11,269!
Thanks to Yolanda "Yolie" Gong who crushed the event with a score of 4:16 minutes, all of the students at West LA College will be able to have hands on experience with cutting edge training material.
Thank you Bob and Spectro Scientific for a challenging event and the generous prize!
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Top finishers of the 2018 Aerospace Maintenance Competition were as follows:
General Aviation Category: Phillips 66
Female Team Category: United Airlines – Chix Fix
United Competing with Professionalism Award: Broward College Team 1
Charles E. Taylor Professional AMT Award:
Bill O'Brien Award: United Airlines - CLE
Individual Event Winners
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