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American’s MacTiernan recognised with maintenance technician accolade

American Airlines aviation maintenance technician (AMT) Ken MacTiernan has been awarded with the Airlines for America (A4A) Nuts and Bolts award.
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American Airlines aviation maintenance technician (AMT) Ken MacTiernan has been awarded with the Airlines for America (A4A) Nuts and Bolts award.

It marks the first time an AMT has received the award while actively working in the profession since the award was launched in 1967.

The award recognises individuals who demonstrate outstanding service and achievements in the engineering or maintenance fields within the commercial aviation industry.

MacTiernan said: “It’s humbling to be recognised, but to be recognised for giving back to my profession means everything to me.

“This award encourages me to keep promoting my craft by showing others in the industry, and those entering the industry, that the work you do has a positive impact.

“It’s a win-win for the industry and American Airlines.”

Evie Garces, American Airlines’ vice president of line maintenance, said: “The entire American team is thrilled that Ken is being honoured with this prestigious award.

“He is not only a highly skilled AMT, but he is a true advocate of the AMT profession.

“Ken and his commitment to aviation maintenance are legends across the industry.”

Bob Ireland, A4A vice president safety, maintenance and engineering, said: “Ken’s passion and efforts for the AMT will be felt for generations to come. This recognition is particularly well-deserved.”

MacTiernan began his aviation career as a Boeing B-52 mechanic in the United States Air Force in Merced, California. While wrapping up his time in the Air Force, he simultaneously worked to obtain his airframe and powerplant licenses to ensure he could work on civil aircraft after being discharged.

He joined American Airlines at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in 1986 as an AMT, then transferred to SAN 11 months later.

Over the years, MacTiernan worked hard to promote his craft. He helped establish National AMT Day, which is celebrated May 24 – the birthday of Charles Taylor, mechanic to Orville and Wilbur Wright.

MacTiernan is also a founder of The Competition (formerly known as the Aerospace Maintenance Competition), an annual event that brings teams of aviation and aerospace maintenance professionals and students under one roof in a two-day competition to showcase their talents. This year’s event will be held April 9-11 in Chicago and will feature a record 90 teams from around the world.

Furthermore, American Airlines’ annual Excellence in Aviation Maintenance award is also named after MacTiernan, which honours AMTs who exhibit the qualities of professional AMTs, strive to uphold the highest standard in aircraft maintenance, and support and promote the profession.

Answering what he enjoys most about his job, MacTiernan said: “There are several things. I enjoy the camaraderie I have with my fellow mechanics. I enjoy learning something new almost every day. And I just like fixing things.”

For MRO Management, MacTiernan wrote about the pressing need for a solution to the aircraft maintenance professionals’ shortfall, emphasising the crucial role of industry and individuals in tackling the issue head-on. Read the article here.

Aviation Business News (ABN) is highlighting the staffing crisis in aviation this year with our Best Places To Work In Aviation awards which will celebrate those companies that are successfully driving new talent into the sector and retaining valuable skilled staff. The deadline for firms to enter is April 5. Click here to register.

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