Future AME Discouraged

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Re: Future AME Discouraged

#251 Post by Ellas » Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:58 am

hello im currently in my first year of collage and i have a few questions regarding the aviation industry. i heard when you become an ame your able to get endorsements/ type courses. is that true? also how do i get on once i finish school?

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Re: Future AME Discouraged

#252 Post by GyvAir » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:39 pm

You sure pick a discouraging thread to post your questions in!
Here are a couple better threads related to your questions to read for a start:

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=94776
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=94535
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=87119
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=92196

There is a lot of negativity expressed on this website regarding the industry. Some of it is valid; much of it is overblown or purely situational in nature. In my humble opinion, your experience will end up being exactly of the quality that you make it to be.
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Re: Future AME Discouraged

#253 Post by IMTWOTTER » Sat May 10, 2014 4:51 am

Don't waste your money on BCIT (worst apprentices 10 yrs and counting) or this industry. If you like aviation, stay out of the industry. The reality is you'll be much happier wondering and imagining what you're missing out on.

It's on the way out... Thank corporate companies and TC. And keep in mind, there is no red seal with this trade, and skills are not transferable when you do realize you have bills to pay and want to get out. (I learned that one 8 yrs too late)

Cheers!!
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Re: Future AME Discouraged

#254 Post by BMLtech » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:24 pm

I wanted to pass along the following information, which I found discouraging, but informative. I left the industry in 2013 after 25 years as a M1/M2 license including the last 15+ years at a major airline. I was at the top of the pay scale with multiple type endorsements, etc. I have a friend who is a ticketed heavy duty mechanic. He is relocating to southern Manitoba, and just got a job with Freightliner in Steinbach. His STARTING pay is equal to what I made at the end of my aviation career.
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Re: Future AME Discouraged

#255 Post by blackbird_007 » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:09 am

@BMLTech.
Some had told me trucks in Canada never dies even in economic crisis. Drive near the Brampton area and you will see almost 65% of the road traffics are trucks related. Trucks deliver essential day to day supplies whereas airplanes deliver luxury supplies to cities and communities (this is different if you live in Yellowknife). You rarely see cuts in truck fleets but they will try extend the life of trucks by performing more preventive maintenance on the trucks they already had during bad economic times.

Airplanes mechanics got more fame but truck mechanics got more appreciation in reality.
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Re: Future AME Discouraged

#256 Post by conehead » Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:21 am

But... but... trucks aren't as cool as aircraft. :)
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Re: Future AME Discouraged

#257 Post by Nightair » Wed Sep 23, 2015 6:50 am

Try never to go or do something already pre disposed on the negative. Things change after two years of school. After 25 years in this business there certainly is one thing apparent and that is "It never Changes". It is a job that has incredible highs and lows. You really need to be able to pick yourself up when knocked down (laid off). Canada is a big place don't focus your opportunities on one city,or one place there are great places to see and there are nice people as well as those that will burn you. Bosses who are great and bosses who wring every drop of sweat and energy from you.
Aviation is a sickness in that it keeps pulling you back but keep going and listen and learn to the people who can teach you the tips and tricks.
This job has payed ( they payed) for me to travel to Australia, Europe, Africa and drink every one of those countries beers. It has led me to the Arctic and taught me not just about planes or helicopters but also about fixing cars, Herman Nelson, washing mashines, plumbing, and most importantly cultures.
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Re: Future AME Discouraged

#258 Post by motox415 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:28 pm

Well said!
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Re: Future AME Discouraged

#259 Post by Angusnofangus » Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:30 pm

I have spent over 35 years in aviation, 10 in the military and 25+ as a tin-basher. There were good times and crap times, but I've always loved the work. And I think that is the crux. Aviation to me hasn't been just a job, but a labour of love. No doubt I could have made more money somewhere else, but I've hated every non-aviation job that I've ever had. I feel that I've been very fortunate to work in a field that I have a passion for. I know lots of guys for whom aviation is just a job, and I feel a little sorry for them. Thanks to aviation I have seen a whole lot more of the world than I would of as ,say, a heavy-duty mechanic. Would have made a pile more money as said heavy-duty mechanic, but money isn't everything. Anyway, that's my two-bits worth.
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Re: Future AME Discouraged

#260 Post by helidougg8111 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:54 am

well, after 15 years in aviation, fixed wing and heli, i can say i have a pretty bleak outlook on the industry.

go get an education and get a real job!
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