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Meet Stephen Hehir

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Why did you decide to do an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer apprenticeship?

I was always interested in aircraft. After starting a design course in UL, I went on a tour to Atlantic Aviation and got inside an aircraft that was being worked on. This sparked my interest and I enquired about the apprentice programme. I’ve always been more of a hands-on person and a bit more practical minded so this type of job suited me a lot.


Were you always interested in aviation?

Yes, I’ve always been obsessed with Aircraft’s. I broke my parent’s hearts when I was young as I was always building and flying planes around the fields at home.


What did you like about the apprentice training provided by Atlantic Aviation Group?

The course is very practical and moves very fast, even the classroom training is really fast. People are trained to the highest standards when they are finished the Atlantic Aviation apprentice programme. Even now in my new role, I have up most faith in third year apprentices and their capabilities.


How would you describe the trainers at Atlantic aviation group?

The apprenticeship is very fast paced. It was tough to keep up at times but some excellent trainers brought me through it and coached me through to the end. I found that some of the trainers really took me under their wing which was a great help.


What was your typical day like working as an apprentice aircraft maintenance engineer?

Every day is different, apprentices get exposure to great challenges but there is never a problem that cannot be fixed. We have a very experienced team in Atlantic Aviation who understand and mentor each of the apprentices. There is a really friendly atmosphere working here and everybody does their best.


Now that you are qualified, do you think you have chosen the right career path?

Yes, I have definitely made the right decision. It is hard work at times, but people are very approachable and they are there to help you. No two days are exactly the same, that’s what makes it so interesting.


How has your career progressed since you completed the apprenticeship?

I have found that I’ve been given a lot of responsibility which I would never have expected so soon. But after such an intense four year apprenticeship you’re ready to take on these responsibilities. If you have the right attitude, you can achieve whatever you want in AAG. The company has incredible people working here and it’s a great place to work.


What would your advice be to someone thinking of doing an aircraft maintenance engineer apprenticeship with Atlantic aviation group?

I would say that having a mechanical mind set would be very beneficial because it is a very logical industry. If you are thinking of doing an apprenticeship I would highly recommend Atlantic Aviation as the best place to do it.


 

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