Many young people dream of working on big machines one day. For Justin Andrews, this dream has become reality, as he’s training to become an aircraft mechanic at TUI UK&I’s engineering base in Luton, which undertakes the maintenance of Boeing 737 and 787’s. This means that he helps to looks after the maintenance and repair of TUI Airlines' aircraft, and a unique combination of classroom learning and on-the-job experience enables him to put everything he’s learnt into practice.
Justin has already completed all the exams that are part of the Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance and is proud of the fact that he did well in all of them. "The theoretical foundation that the college provides is an important part of the training and, along with on-the-job experience, gives me confidence that I am becoming a competent engineer," Justin said.
However, working safely on an aircraft requires more than just theoretical and practical knowledge. As well as a driving licence for aerial platform work, good organisational skills are also vital, particularly when it comes to completing the required documentation after each job.
Justin is certain: "This kind of on-the-job training is key to developing competence and allows me to use all TUI's resources when I need them." But now it’s time for Justin to get back to work, as a thrust lever unit in the cockpit of a Boeing 787 needs removing to check that it works properly.
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