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Aircraft mechanic career transition


Benjamin Clawson Wichita Falls, TX

Hello everyone,
I was hoping to get some advice from a wide audience in here that may be able to help. I have been working as an airframe and powerplant helicopter technician for the last 25 years. My first 6 was time spent on active Army duty working on Blackhawks. Recently I have graduated with a Bachelors of Applied Arts and Science from a state college. It is a generic degree that I want to use as augmentation to my existing skill base. A major soft skill of mine is computer knowledge that I don't have anything to "prove" those skills, but I am a 9/10 when it comes to any subject.

The last 10 years of working in the EMS field have left me burned out and ready to leave turning wrenches behind me. My body is starting to show its age and the 2am engine changes are wearing me out. I have been working with my ACP mentor for a while on what to transition into and we are starting to hit a few dead ends. Mainly looking at management jobs that seem to want to promote from within instead of hiring from the outside. I am not interested in starting from the bottom in a new field to try and move up. Moving up in aviation management has too many pitfalls for me to continue with. Mainly the anger, obesity, and alcoholism that is inherent with aviation managers.

So far I have decided I would like to keep my flexibility of working remote, like I am now, working with computers in some capacity, that capture some sort of complex problem solving. So far I have come up with these fields, can anyone think of something I am missing to apply towards?

Maintenance control
Technical writer
Operations manager
Maintenance analytics

17 June 2023 1 reply Career Exploration



Richard Byrne Hillsborough, NJ

Job search:

I've added links to information & videos under these sections of my EE webpage that you might find useful:

Alternate Job Search:

For career choices, I recommend looking for your dream career in:

Then do job searches to find dream job opportunities.

Next, try to write a resume for each potential job that highlights how your experience & education satisfies the employer's requirements.

Add training and education to supplement your curent status as needed.

For example, if you wanted to do software, you could add a BSCS or try to get into an online MSCS using your current BAAS.
There are many online part-time training & certification options.

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