Bronco Spotlight: Christopher Charlier

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Bachelor of Science in aviation technical operations, 2018

Current Job Title:

Aircraft Mechanic 

Current Employer:

SkyWest Airlines 

Describe your current job:

I currently work for SkyWest Airlines. I am responsible for taxiing planes back and forth from the terminal to the maintenance hanger. I perform 100 flight hour inspections and regular service checks of Bombardier CRJ 200 and 700 regional jets. I also perform heavier maintenance tasks such as A-check inspections and other major component troubleshooting and replacement. 

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

The most rewarding part of the job is the extremely fast promotion rate and the different qualifications you can earn for extra pay. Working for SkyWest Airlines also allows you to get flight benefits through different major airlines. 

What activities, resources, or people helped you prepare for your career?

The Aviation Maintenance program at Western Michigan University really helps you to understand the aircraft very well and how the basic systems work. Working on the Boeing 727 at the school was honestly very beneficial going into a career where I work on turbine aircraft. 

What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college? 

Definitely pay attention in the classes provided for they can help you tremendously in the long run. Also, try to get in touch with companies well before your graduation date. Some companies may hire you even while you are in school. I was hired at SkyWest Airlines and I still had my last semester left in school and did not yet have my Airframe and Powerplant license. 

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