My name is Mike Masters and I graduated from Spartan’s AMT program on June 26, 1987.
After earning my diploma and A&P license, I worked for a short period in General Aviation back in my hometown of Marysville, Ohio. Although I found the work and the environment to be very exciting and rewarding, the lure of the airline industry was too strong to be ignored.
In February of 1987 I began with Mesaba Northwest Airlink as a flightline mechanic in Detroit, working on the Fairchild Metro and the venerable Fokker F-27. The fast-paced, unpredictable environment of line maintenance was exactly what I was looking for, and I could not believe I was being paid for having that much fun!
In October of 1989 I began a new adventure with ATA Airlines in Indianapolis, where I would fill many roles over a 17 year career. Starting as a Junior Mechanic, I quickly progressed through Senior Mechanic, Lead Mechanic, Technical Writer, 757 Maintenance Instructor and finally 757 Technical Services Specialist. My tech services role involved advanced troubleshooting of all 757 airframe, powerplant and APU systems, as well as serving as the final authority on 757 ETOPS airworthiness.
In February 2006, an opportunity presented itself with GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently an instructor in Customer Training Services, teaching such GE engines as the CF6 and the new state-of-the-art GEnx, which will power the Boeing 787 and 747-8. This position has provided the perfect opportunity to use all of my education and experience. I provide training at both the Cincinnati customer training facility as well as with the customer at their home locations. Last year alone, I travelled to Honolulu, Cairo, Prague, Mauritius and Madrid – not to mention several domestic locations around the country. My past experience of being the airline customer for so long allows me to provide exactly what the customer wants, to see the needs from a airline’s perspective.
To say that aviation offers the opportunity for a richly rewarding and adventurous life-long career would be an understatement. If I could begin my career all over again I wouldn’t change a thing, including where it all began – Spartan School of Aeronautics. Through every tollgate of my career, in every interview setting, it was of great interest to the interviewer that I was a “Spartan grad”. I believe there is no other aeronautical educator in the world that can match the rich history and reputation for excellence that you will find at Spartan.
The enclosed photo is of me with a CF6-80E1 Line Maintenance class at the customer’s location in the island nation of Mauritius.