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.”

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Harold Walter | Aviation Maintenance Graduate| Spartan College

I highly value my Spartan education, acquiring the A&E (A&P) license in 1948-49. As an Aeronautical (aerodynamics) engineer, that experience was valuable in working with the Experimental Shop personnel. My career included 5 years each at Cessna, Boeing, Convair San Diego, and 25 at Beech Aircraft — almost entirely as an Aerodynamicist. I also did some time as a Dynamics engineer. Working closely with Flight Test and Experimental Test Pilots was great.

Included was support on the Apollo 11, a patent on the horizontal system used on Convair’s Model 48 Charger, Project Aerodynamicist on the Beech Super King Air Model 200, Chief of Aerodynamics R&D.

In addition to the A&P, FAA pilot’s licenses acquired are Glider, Single, Multi, Commercial, Instrument and CFI.

I was flattered at retirement when the Experimental mechanics said that I was one of three engineers that they really liked to work with. Since retirement, some aero support has been a part. I have been a member of OX5 Aviation Pioneers for several years, being Kansas Wing President, National President, and receiving several awards — presently Kansas Wing President and newsletter editor.

I couldn’t have asked for a better career.

William Dewar | Aviation Maintenance Technology Graduate

A military veteran, William Dewar, acknowledges the presence and reputation Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has in the aviation industry. Recognizing how well known Spartan College is, he decided to attend Spartan to receive his aviation maintenance degree. William is now the Training Manager for AR Corporations. Watch his testimonial below.

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Femi Oddeyo | Aviation Maintenance Technology

Below is a video testimonial from an alumni that received his Associates in Aviation Maintenance Technology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology Management. After receiving two degrees from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, Femi was hired as a Avionics System Specialist at Lufthansa Technik Component Services.


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Joe Meyers | Non-Destructive Testing Graduate

Spartan College set a great foundation to expand from. I learned the fundamentals I needed in order to grow as a technician and colleague. The hands on technical experience and the field knowledge the instructors possessed from their own time in the industry.

I was the NDE Technical Leader for Scot Forge. I became the company’s Responsible Level III and created the existing Nadcap NDE system for Scot Forge. I have written a couple of published articles on NDT and am currently a member of ASNT and ASTM.

2004 graduate of the Nondestructive Testing program.

Wayne Hade | Aviation Maintenance Technology Graduate

Hader Wayne Spartan - aviationThe training material & the Instructor Willie Middlebrooks was outstanding considering I’d never heard of NDE until a couple months before I sign up for the course. Just proir to this I I was working in a stamping plant for Ford Motor and going to college. I decided to drop out of college and quit working at he factory… Looking back on it, I’m glad I did.

Spartan gave me the education and training to start my exciting career path in aviation.

Spartan had the best equipment and instructors to obtain my training. It was a great experience to learn and train with fellow classmates that had the same interests.

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Kim Robertson | Aviation Maintenance Graduate

After graduating from Spartan College I joined the U.S. Air Force and work as an F-16 aircraft crew chief for 4 years. After that I cross trained to become an E-3 AWACS Flight Engineer. In 1998, I separated from active duty and joined the Air Force Reserves as an Instructor Flight Engineer and the same year I was hired by Delta Airlines as a Line Mechanic in Dallas. After closing the Dallas station I moved to Atlanta Georgia and worked in the General Electric CF-6 engine overhaul shop and was furloughed in 2006. I now work for the DOD.

The training that I received at Spartan definitely help me learn all the basics of aircraft maintenance to get me where I’m at today. My favorite part about Spartan College was getting the fly the training helicopter.

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James Bill Woods | Aviation Maintenance Graduate

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Job Title: Avionics Sales Manager

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I had just graduated from a 4 year college with a degree and no idea what I wanted to do. I had always been interested in aircraft and so made the decision to enroll in Spartan. Spartan gave me a well-rounded education in aircraft that allowed me to work in the industry immediately. With the basics skills I learned at Spartan I was able to quickly advance in aviation in both position and pay. Enrolling in Spartan was a wise choice for me. I have had interesting work, lots of travel, met some very interesting people and enjoyed a good income.

I enjoyed meeting new people brought together from all over the world at Spartan. We spent every day in class and shop together and became good friends, many to this day.

Wayne Davis | Aviation Maintenance Graduate

I was assigned as Manager of Aircraft Inspection; responsible to the Chief Inspector for all airframe lines of work while outsourced for maintenance worldwide. Davis Wayne Reviews Spartan CollegeI was responsible to conduct pre-site visits, audit the vendor’s quality control program, outline the their differences to our program, write policies and procedures for the vendor to comply with our program, select the on-site supervisory team, monitor and manage; while working cross-functionally with my counterparts – Manager Production, Engineering, Components, Engines, and Human Resources. I have the administrative responsibility of approximately 140 employees under my organization. I supervise the accomplishment of inspections specified for overhaul, maintenance, and repair of airframes, engines and components at maintenance bases. Supports inspections at Line Maintenance stations. I plan the development, implementation, and accomplishment of inspection programs, policies, and procedures. Monitors the daily work accomplishments, training, and assignments of personnel. I act as the liaison for Inspection to coordinate between Inspection, Production, and Engineering to ensure compliance to inspection and division policies, engineering specifications, and FAR’s. I am responsible for all NDT inspections accomplished on airframes, engines, and components, including determination of training, selection of equipment, and implementation of NDT Inspections. I am responsible for the regulatory compliance of Shipping and Receiving.

Everything counts when you are in a position of middle management and above. Education w/ a related degree will qualify you only as a candidate. Today, Business Acumen is a necessity in the managerial ranks to compliment your experience and conceptualization.

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James Backik | Avionics Maintenance Graduate

I graduated from Spartan College with a Avionics Maintenance Technology degree. I came to Tulsa from Michigan. Before attending Spartan College, I was at a traditional college for a brief period, and then I worked at a delivery company for a few years. However, I always wanted to go into aviation.

James Backik Spartan College reviewI did some online research and found Spartan College. I chose Spartan because it is one of the oldest aviation schools in the country. They seem to have one of the best curriculums.

The staff and instructors were very helpful. They made sure I understood the material instead of reading out of a book and hoping I understood it. The staff was always helpful with any problems I may have had.

I would advise anyone who wants to attend Spartan, to not expect it to be easy in the beginning. There is a lot to know in the aviation field. It’s concept learning. Even after you are done with school, you are constantly learning new things. You need to have the determination and stick it out. The love I have for aviation is what helped me stay on track.