Repeat Champions! United Airlines Team Cleveland Wins 2018 William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance Presented by Snap-on
Teams of AMTs compete in skills relevant to their tasks
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UA at CLE wins for 4th year in a row
The Aviation Maintenance Technician profession is so critical to airline safety but suffers from a lack of public attention. There are reports that the supply of AMTs suffers from a rate of retirement than exceeds the numbers of apprentices entering hangars. Work needs to be done on the human factors affecting mechanics, while wearable IT equipment and the possibility of robot AMTs loom.
In the midst of these dynamic and conflicting trends, there is an annual celebration of the skills, knowledge and dedication of these women and men. It is called the Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on, which is essentially the Super Bowl of the Maintenance world. It tests the competence of individuals and teams in a wide range of contexts as evidenced by this schedule:
And these pictures of the activities demonstrate the level of competition and concentration
Here is a video taken on the floor of this “hangar”.
The premier contest is for the William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance and for the fourth year in a row the United Airlines Team Cleveland took the trophy home.
The Honorable John Goglia, president, Aerospace Maintenance Council; David Vance, United Airlines;
Garrett Morrison, United Airlines; John Waldeck, United Airlines; R.J. Peterson, United Airlines; Harold
Dschuhan, United Airlines; Brian Hall, United Airlines; Daniel Morrison, United Airlines; Tom Murray,
Director, Marketing and Business Development, Snap-on Industrial.
“’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.’
‘It’s very gratifying to see the commitment from United and they’re behind us 100 percent,’ Team Captain Russ Peterson 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 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 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.”
The AMC competition 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.
As to the future and the competition among students, 25 school teams entered the competition, with Aviation Institute of Maintenance Houston taking home top honors.
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