Nate Lober | Aviation Maintenance Graduate

Aviation Maintenance Graduate Nate Lober now works as the director of maintenance at Spartan College. It took hard work and lifelong dedication to aviation to get Nate to where he is today.

Hear what Nate has to say in the video below:

Video transcript:

“I was flying on an airplane back from Florida to Maryland and got to see the cockpit. Just seeing all the buttons, controls and everything that was included in the airplane blew me away.

My name is Nathan Lober and my job title right now is director of maintenance.

What I did as a child is pretty much what I do everyday. I rip stuff apart, put it back together, but here I have to make sure we put it together the correct way because we have peoples lives at stake here.

I’ve always tried to excel, making sure that things get done on time and are on schedule and are done safely and properly.

There are various areas in the working world that look for those people that are willing to do something the right way, not just being to just turn a wrench, but turn a wrench properly and safely. That type of of mentality is what other companies desire. Even if they aren’t working on airplanes they could be working on various other types of machinery.

There’s a lot of need to working on dentist the mechanics that are involved in that, so they need EMP students who have gone though these courses- the horizon is endless.

Never would’ve thought in a million years I’d be a director of maintenance here, the reward is unparalleled. There is nothing in my mind that could put a price tag on.

Everyday I go home from work fulfilled.”

Learn more about our Aviation Maintenance Degree Program here.

William Aaron Atherton | AMT Graduate

In November 2011, I graduated Spartan. While there, Spartan presented information about me to Lockheed Martin Avionics Company in Georgia, so that I have my first job with this dynamic company in Marietta Georgia building military aircraft for our nation and our allies. The Marietta plant has been in operation for sixty years!

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics performs. It has a record of results based on hard work and diligence to meet commitments to customers. I believe there are challenges that all business face, but I am confident I and my company will meet those challenges.

I take pride in all that I have done and it is my duty to do better. The work I do directly impacts the work other do and hinging on effects of lives in the air. Flubs are unacceptable. I know what I do makes a difference for our country and nation.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is committed to making the company more efficient and agile. Making bold and responsible action is necessary to meet customers’ expectations and reduce costs. My company produces five military aircraft, in whole or in part in Marietta; customers include the United States government and those of other countries.
One of our must popular planes, the F-22 Raptor, had its final rollout on December 13, 2011. I was allowed to go to the final ceremony just to see the ‘most awesome fighters in the world! Have no fear, the best is here!

I build the C-130, a quite versatile aircraft. It is used for combat, to provide help and relief in natural disasters, watch for hurricanes, and protecting our borders. In November 1, 2011 we rolled out the 250th C-130J Super Hercules on time and on budget and recently delivered an entire fleet to one of our allies.

With such a record of excellence Lockheed is committed to C-130 production with optimal attitude. Every time I see a C-130 I think, ‘those could be my wings on that plane.’

This is a great company in which I can move forward my avionics career. It all started with my Spartan education AMT certificate. I am looking forward to completing my first year. Marietta is a city that has perks and specialty shops and lots of history. I am glad to be working at such a worthy company.

Brian Reed | AMT Graduate

I first learned of Spartan College shortly after leaving the Air Force where I served as an aircraft mechanic for six years working on the U-2. I thought Spartan would be a good way for me to expand my knowledge base and further my career in aviation maintenance. I couldn’t have been happier with the caliber of classroom instruction and how much we did in the shop. Like I said I come from an aircraft background and I loved the variety of training we get from Spartan. I believe the training I received helped to make me a better and more well rounded mechanic. Before I even finished my schooling I received an offer for employment from Bell Helicopter where I am currently a quality assurance inspector for their H-1 program. I’m loving my new career and I have Spartan College and their wonderful instructors to thank for that.

Thank you very much,
Brian Reed
Quality Assurance Inspector
Bell Helicopter

Kevin Mead | Spartan College Graduate

After graduating from Spartan School of Aeronautics in 1979, I went to work at my father’s business, Mead Flying Service in Kansas. After a few years, I branched out and spent 15 years in General Aviation Director of Maintenance positions in California and Maryland. Since 1988 I have acted as the Technical Advisor for the Malibu Mirage Owners and Pilots Association and have developed a career as a PA46 specialist. In 1998 I opened my own business in Hutchinson, Kansas. Mead Aircraft Services, Inc. became the only factory-authorized Piper Service Center in the world devoted exclusively to maintaining the PA-46 and serviced planes from all over the US, Canada, and Mexico. Over the years I have hired many Spartan grads right out of school and have never been disappointed with their level of preparation and readiness to work. Recently, I sold the business to one of those grads who had worked with me for 12 years. Now I have a business as a PA46 consultant, and do pre-purchase inspections, perform emergency road service, instruct on maintenance topics, consult with insurance companies and act as an expert witness.
The credentials and preparation I received from Spartan were an important first step in launching my career and it is gratifying to know that my alma mater’s reputation has remained strong in our industry while so many other schools have fallen by the wayside.

Kevin Mead ‘79

After graduating from Spartan School of Aeronautics in 1979, I went to work at my father’s business, Mead Flying Service in Kansas. After a few years, I branched out and spent 15 years in General Aviation Director of Maintenance positions in California and Maryland. Since 1988 I have acted as the Technical Advisor for the Malibu Mirage Owners and Pilots Association and have developed a career as a PA46 specialist. In 1998 I opened my own business in Hutchinson, Kansas. Mead Aircraft Services, Inc. became the only factory-authorized Piper Service Center in the world devoted exclusively to maintaining the PA-46 and serviced planes from all over the US, Canada, and Mexico. Over the years I have hired many Spartan grads right out of school and have never been disappointed with their level of preparation and readiness to work. Recently, I sold the business to one of those grads who had worked with me for 12 years. Now I have a business as a PA46 consultant, and do pre-purchase inspections, perform emergency road service, instruct on maintenance topics, consult with insurance companies and act as an expert witness.

The credentials and preparation I received from Spartan were an important first step in launching my career and it is gratifying to know that my alma mater’s reputation has remained strong in our industry while so many other schools have fallen by the wayside.

Kevin Mead ‘79