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Sandra Granados, 39, Lead Flight Technician, Gary Jet Center, Gary, IN

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n affection for traveling as a child is what Sandra Granados
says "brought on the curiosity of the many layers in Aviation"
for her.
"The airplanes, the apparent defiance of gravity, the speed,
and the glamour that I felt as a kid traveling every year to my
parents' hometown in Mexico. I knew very early that I wanted
to submerge myself in that environment and pursue a career as a
pilot to fulfill my dream of traveling the world. This goal would
inevitably morph into my passion for aviation maintenance and
lead me where I am today," she continued.
Granados would go on to acquire her airframe and powerplant
license her junior year of college at Lewis University. During the
same timeframe, Granados serendipitously got her first job in
the aviation world by attending a career fair at her university.
"During the career Fair, American Trans Air ATA was offering
on-site interviews as they had a high demand for mechanics at
the time. I went in for the interview just to prepare for what I
was to expect after graduating. To my surprise, I got a call from
ATA's HR department offering me a job the very next day. While
I wasn't seeking a firm job opportunity, my excitement about
entering the field right away took over and I ended up accepting
the job." Granados recalls.
She would continue to work for ATA for six years until in 2006

when the company declared bankruptcy, but
Granados credits those six years with giving
her the strong foundation that has carried
her throughout the rest of her career.
"Over the course of those six years I had
built a solid foundation and gained tremendous knowledge on the Boeing 727, 737, and
757. It was this experience on the 737 that
would land me my next job with the Gary Jet
Center contracting for the Boeing corporate flight department. I
leveraged my knowledge and experience from the commercial
aviation side and made the jump into the corporate aviation
world," Granados described.
For the next six years, Granados worked as a hangar technician for two Boeing 737 Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) and four
Bombardier Challenger 604s. She also accepted an opportunity
to be the first travelling flight technician supporting the BBJ's on
international trips, fulfilling that role for five years.
Last year, Granados was promoted to Lead BBJ Flight Technician
on three BBJ's and four CL-650s, supporting the Boeing Fleet on
international trips. Should the airplane experience any mechanical difficulties while on assignment, she and her team assist and
repair the aircraft as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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Editor's Viewpoint: Celebrate Our Industry's Young People
Product Update: Tools and Tool Storage - Tools for School
Spotlight: Tribal Knowledge
Career Development: Maintaining the Maintenance Labor Pipeline
Commercial/MRO: Never Scrap Your (Composite) Component Again
Cover Story: NextGEN Awards
Product Update
ARSA Insight: The "Good Example" Movement
ATEC Insight: Rise Above the Noise
Advertisers' Index
Editor's Sign-off: I am a Next Gen
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