My name is Tim Tyran. I am a two time graduate of Spartan. I first graduated in 1988 from the Avionics Technology program with an Associate’s Degree and my FCC license. I was hired immediately after graduation by American Airlines at 19 years old as a Junior Mechanic in Tulsa’s CAM building, shop 260-5A, Misc Electronics Overhaul. I went back to Spartan for my Airframe and Powerplant licenses in 1991 and completed that program in 1 year. I have been with American Airlines for over 22 years now. My present position is as a Senior Safety Analyst on the 757/767 fleets in our Fort Worth, Texas headquarters building. My wife Renee works in our Marketing Department in the same building.
During my 22 years with American Airlines I have held the following positions:
- Avionics Overhaul Technician
- Avionics Line Technician
- Avionics Crew Chief
- General Line AMT
- Quality Assurance Inspector
- Flight Operations Specialist – Minimum Equipment List
- Flight Operations Specialist – 757/767 Fleet Specialist
- Senior Safety Analyst – CASS
I have worked in the following locations across the country:
I also accomplished my lifelong dream of becoming an airline pilot in 2001 when I flew as a First Officer for Continental Connection. I hold Multi-engine, Commercial, Instrument ratings in addition to my mechanic’s licenses.
Spartan was instrumental in my career success and I am forever grateful for the experiences I had there. At 42 years old, the sky is limit for my career. I highly suggest that new students obtain their Bachelor’s Degree. It’s the one thing I have to accomplish here in the near future. Without it, promotions in Management will be very difficult. Also, learn as many things as you can, move positions, make yourself indispensable with your knowledge. Go above and beyond your duties and you will succeed. Spartan will have prepared you well. It did for me. In life, as well with your experience at Spartan, you will get out of it what you put it. Make it special.