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08/29/2012 5:51 PM  
I am getting my tickets very soon, and I'm looking at rotorcraft as the part of the aviation field I want to do. I've worked as an "mechanic’s intern" at Helicopter Academy for a few months, so I have some Robbie experience, although it’s very little it’s still something to start on. My question to the forum is what do I need to advance to in rotors? Where do I apply to get a good job? I was looking at working at Papillion or Maverick in Vegas, do these companies hired new A&P’s? What about working in the Gulf? I just want to know where to look, so if you guys have any advice for me please tell me, I’m open to anything. Thanks.
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08/30/2012 5:09 PM  
Is anyone home?

I got 42 views, yet no reply

Doesn't anyone here have any advice or tips for a new A&P?

Thanks?
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09/02/2012 7:33 PM  
First where do you live and where do you want to work?Most places send you to factory school on the model they fly.In most cases they will make you sign an agreement to stay with them for a year or so after the school.How long do you have befor you get your ticket? My company is looking for some dedicated and reliable mechanics,we do EMS work.I will be truthfull with you ,it will be a challenge to get someone to hire you with no experience on turbine powered rotorcraft.You will have to sell yourself.
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09/02/2012 7:44 PM  
I live in South Florida. I should have put that in my first post. I will have my A&P at the end of this year,then I need to look for work. I'm willing to move and do anything. I just need to know where to look.
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09/09/2012 6:23 PM  
If you are willing to move, you are ahead of the game somewhat. Having no experience is always the problem for new mechanics.

I would NOT allow this to keep you from applying for jobs. Looking local will be easier since it is going to be difficult to apply for a Vegas job while living so far away. What if you get lucky enough for an interview? are you willing to spend you money to fly out there? And remember, chances are you will not get the job because of your lack of experience, nothing personal, just the way it is. It is a numbers game. The more you apply, the more people you meet and make friends with in the industry, the better you will be. You will get turned down lots of times in the beginning, or even worse, not even called back to tell you that you didn't get the job.

I always suggest to people going to A&P school to find some type of work in the industry. Fueler or baggage thrower or even a 145 repair shop will help fill out your resume. Even if it is not in the helicopter field, it still looks good and helps remove some of the risk from the prospect employer.

The more that hiring managers see your name across their desk, the better you will be. If I have email address or phone numbers (perhaps they gave you a business card during an interview), I always contact them and see where in the process we are. I want them to remember that I am eager and I really want the job.

Once you get enough experience under your belt, things will get easier. Even though I still make stupid rookie mistakes because the learning never stops. But a longer resume tends to make employers feel better about hiring you and assuming the risk.

Just stay positive and dont feel bad if you get turned down. Apply again next time the job openings come up. If you get a interview, your goal is not to show how smart you are, but instead you need to build a rapport with the manager. Every company does things different so it is nearly impossible to know how "they do things." Make friends and smile. Some interviews are so easy because the managers are so full of themselves all they do is talk. All I had to do was smile and nod. I dare not screw it up and open my mouth.

Good luck dude, helicopters rule.

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09/10/2012 7:51 AM  
Thanks for the detailed info friend. I am willing to move, in-state or out. I've gotten calls from shops before in the past looking to hire me, but I didn't have my tickets yet. I have 5 years of line service experenance, and I've done some intership work at a Robinson shop, working overhuals on -44's and -22's. If I went to Robbie shop, will that help me out??? I just wanted some advice from working mechanics in rotors, to tell me how they got on. I will do fixed wing if needed, but I heard if you're a fixed wing mechanic, rotor shops will not look at you, don't know if that is true The other thing I can do since I'm so young, is join the military and work on rotors there, I'm sure I could get good training and skill sets. But I'm not 100% for that idea just yet. Thanks for the guys who replied back to me, it's great to have the advice of seasoned mechanics.
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09/16/2012 9:43 AM  
I wouldnt join the military yet. I would do that more as a last result. I served but honestly I spent more time filling sand bags then working on aircraft.

I think you should have a good chance of getting hired. When I got hired for my current gig, I had no experience what so ever on the airframe I am currently working on.

Your best bet is to make as many friends as you can, meet as many people in hopes that they will have connections. A personal reference goes a long way. Speaking of that, if you can get a letter of recommendation or two from some people in the industry that may help.

You can use sites like linkedin to reach out to people and make new friends. Post your resume and such.

In the end, it's all about how bad you want it mixed with a little luck. Just keep calling and knocking on doors. Never be afraid that you are bothering them. Good lucky my friend!

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09/16/2012 4:49 PM  
Thanks again for the insight. The Army would be a last straw deal, I'm still young so I could join, but I've heard even the military is stuffed with people trying to join so. I read the other forum, and some people got hired on with on the GOM ops, mainly PHI. I read the web-site and you only need your A&P and some tools to work there, so I will apply to all the GOM's and see if one sticks. I will also apply to all the Tour companies out in Vegas when I take a trip out there. See what sticks. I'm hoping to get something in rotors, but I will do fixed if I need to. Thanks again for all the info guys, hopefully this helps someone who reads this.
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03/25/2013 12:34 PM  
I can't speak for the civilian world, but I am at about 6 years current in the army. I work on OH-58s and have been lucky enough to spend nearly all my time on the aircraft. If you are going to join the army be very careful and do your research on your job. In the army everything is very specialized, engine guys, hydraulic guys, electricians etc. pick a job on the airframe you want and hope for the best. In some units you will show up and be put straight into a line company and start work your first day and other places you will get stuck in an AVIM and maybe be in the tool room. I don't know if this helped at all but I figured I could shed some light for you.
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05/02/2013 5:35 PM  
You didn’t say what part of South Florida you’re in. But there are all types of shops to look for work. Your problem is going to be able to find a job that will take someone with little to no experience. Also don’t limit yourself to just “Helicopter jobs” You need to get into the industry. Make some money, buy some tools and make contacts. That’s how you get jobs in this industry. Get in the door anyway you can. And then start looking around. It may take a few jobs to get where you want to be. You have noticed this board is slower than others. Helicopters are a very specialized industry. For more A/P information try these web pages. www.forums.amtcentral.com www.aircraftmechanic.org/forum.php Also send your resume to all of the Contract Maintenance Companies on JSFirm. www.jsfirm.com If any new guy jobs come up. They will call you. Good luck
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07/28/2013 8:03 PM  
I live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL Thanks for all the advice, and if you know of any shops I could start looking at, let me know.
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11/27/2013 10:58 AM  
If you want to be a well rounded A&P I recommend a Repair station that is also a service center for Bell, Sikorski or Eurocopter Etc. You will learn electrical, sheet metal Track&balancing and overhaul. I came out of the military and got my A&P at a testing center so, I had to learn electrical and sheet metal by OJT. It is a very satisfying career that you will enjoy. The pay will come with experience. Remember, the more you can do for your employer, the more you are worth. Stick with helicopters. We all know that if you cant hover you are...............Good luck
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02/03/2014 6:19 AM  
Bristow is hiring A&P's in the gulf right now.
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