2017 Issue on pressure).The company places high importance in on time departures, but, not at the expense of Safety. Thus I believe we get a pass for this as well

6. Always do the right thing even when no one is watching. I was the DOM of a one-man AMO that maintained aircraft for private companies. I accidentally put a screwdriver into my right eye, covered it with a patch and finished the 100-hour inspection as the plane had a scheduled flight booked for the next morning. I almost lost my eye but never did it enter my mind to pencil whip the rest of the inspection or disappoint the customer by not finishing my job.

7. Belong to a voluntary association of fellow professionals. This is one of our biggest weaknesses. Part of the reason for this can be found in “The Characteristics of an AME,” an article way back in the DOM March 2015 issue or No. 7 under DOM articles on our Web site. In the article, Giselle, a close psychologist friend, recorded that we have a tendency to be loners. I doubt if more than 10 percent of us belong to a professional AME/AMT organization. We need to do a lot better here.

8. Never accept the status quo but continuously strive to improve ourselves. While I believe that we are getting better at this, all too often it is only because more things have been mandated. IA seminars and mandated recurrent training have helped improve ongoing training. That said, the quality of this training can often be called into question. There is a wealth of information today on the Internet and we have a responsibility as professionals to seek that which we can improve upon and not wait for it to come to us. For many of us there is room for improvement.

9. Have a strong pride in our profession. We can get top marks for this one. While we might not be the best in showing our pride, it is still there. Nothing makes me cringe more than an AME/AMT when being introduced as being in aviation says: “I’m only an AME/ AMT.” Why not say: “I work at keeping aircraft Safe to fly” because that is what we do. Enough, as Giselle Richardson put it, of that“humble shit.”

10. Reflect this pride in all that we do. Again, I believe that the majority of us do this. We set a high standard for ourselves and are proud when we see the results of our work take to the skies. Now the “ALL that we do” might not always apply as I’ve seen our professionals drive some dilapidated vehicles. The excuse I’ve heard is they know just how far it will go before failing. I believe that most of us deserve a pass in this category as well.


11. Are willing to share our specialized knowledge with our fellow crew. I would like to think that we would all be willing to assist a fellow professional but I have seen instances where the request for help was met with “it’s in the manual” or “go and find it yourself.” Perhaps the person didn’t know the answer either and this was his or her way to cover up not knowing. It could also come from our tendency to be loners. In any case, some of us could do better.

12. Will mentor and assist those among us who are just beginning.We were all beginners at one time and I can recall the great feeling at being able to ask a question without being ridiculed with, “Didn’t they teach you anything in school?” To me a mentor is a true professional in every way.

Appearance is a final one that is not included on

the list. However, it is also expected of the professional. Appearing neat and tidy is a mark of a professional but I don’t see it. I believe the title has way deeper meaning than how you look. Our work certainly does not always lend itself to a clean and polished appearance but we should try.

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