Magazine article Techniques

Metro Tech Graduate Lands Dream Job

Magazine article Techniques

Metro Tech Graduate Lands Dream Job

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When he began in the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program at Metro Technology Centers, Michael Ray says, "I was willing to make the needed changes in my life to get what I wanted, and although the maintenance part wasn't my original dream, I knew that it would be a good opportunity for me to learn in-depth knowledge about the helicopters that I so desired to fly."

In 1998, Ray saw a Metro Tech advertisement while on a visit to see his mother in Oklahoma. "Up to that point, I only knew about some of the larger schools in the country offering aviation programs," says Ray, "but after checking out Metro Tech, I decided to enroll in their program."

He began his AMT training at Metro Tech in 2000, and by 2001 he was working part time at Tinker Air Force Base under an agreement Metro Tech has with the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center to employ AMT students.

He completed the program in February 2002, and notes Ray, "to the credit of instructors Herman Bounds, Robert Hensley and Mike Moreland, I left Metro Tech very confident in my knowledge as a mechanic. Herman Bounds really knows his engines and a tremendous amount about helicopters. Mike Moreland's electrical course was excellent, and the hands-on training in Robert Hensley's course helped to build the confidence that I have today."

By February 2003, Ray was employed full time at Tinker, working on KC135s, the huge planes known as the mid-air refueling planes. But another vacation trip would soon change that.

On the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Ray walked into a helicopter company--Inter Island Helicopter Tours--and talked with one of the company's mechanics about their need for an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic. …

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