Avionics News October 57-10 - 59

What do you like about your job?
There is a lot that I enjoy about my career. I love the
thrust and parry of business, learning new systems and
working with customers and staff to get a great result.
When a customer tells me that he is happy with the work
performed, it gives me a huge boost to my job satisfaction,
even if I wasn't directly performing the tasks.
What advice would you give to young people wanting to
work in avionics or aviation?
I think what must be made clear is that our industry is
continually evolving. Changes happen at almost lightning
speed. New products are released. New aircraft become
available. All of these things need to be studied and
learned so we can talk to pilots and customers, and eventually repair or modify these things. This trade is a continual
learning experience, let alone the continual changes to
maintenance systems, regulations, et cetera. If the kids
today are not up to everyday challenges and don't have a
thirst for knowledge, they will be left behind very quickly.
There are several challenging issues facing the
aviation industry today. Do you see pathways to
solving some of the issues?
My main concern is an aging technician base. I am not
entirely sure of the situation in other countries, but in
Australia, all of the kids today are encouraged to attend
university and gain a tertiary accreditation. A very noble
thought, but I personally think that not all young people
need or want that. Sometimes a trade is a very reasonable
way to make a healthy living, and you can enjoy the spoils
of that trade. Not everyone is cut out to be a lawyer, doctor
or accountant.
Couple this with a decline in trades from the armed
services and airlines and it has led to a serious shortfall
in young people being interested in our career path, or
even knowing about it. I think it would be a great idea to
promote our trade in the school system to get the kids
interested in aviation. We can encourage those who have
the aptitude to think about avionics as a career.

"I personally think the
avionics industry is very
fortunate to have an
association like the AEA.
It gives a voice to all the
avionics shops so they can be
involved as one body to help
shape our industry."
- Gordon Cox

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