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Ashley Rodriguez, 32, A&P Mechanic, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Tucson, AZ

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shley Rodriguez has always had a natural interest in how
things worked and how they are put together. When she
was young, she took apart her sister's blow dryer, trying to see
what was in it and how it generated heat. "She wasn't too happy
about it, even when I tried to put it back together," Rodriguez
recalls. "I suppose it's in my family's bloodline to turn wrenches
with a constant need to fix things." She comes from a family of
mechanics and electricians who work on classic car interiors
and sheet metal. "Aviation happened to come across my path
through fate, and I'm glad it did. I appreciate the hard work
everyone puts into making a plane fly and stay in the sky - to
take a step back and see it is truly amazing and I'm happy I
have a small part in that accomplishment."
One of her most influential mentors is Mary Krough. "I sometimes look at her like she is my work mom," she says. "I admire
her work ethic, knowledge, willingness to help anyone and
everyone, and she never stops until the job is done." Coming
into this industry, Rodriguez was nervous being a woman in
a male-dominated field. "You sometimes get this anxiety, not
sure what to do or say without looking incapable. From day
one, Mary took me under her wing, showed me tricks and
techniques to get the job done, and taught me not to let ego
get in the way of doing good work. She has been my mentor

for the past five years and I will be very
sad to see her retire one day. Until then, I
am learning everything I can." Rodriguez
is now a member of Women in Aviation.
Rodriguez served in the Marine Corps
for four years. After attending college for
general studies, she transferred to Pima
Community College's Aviation Program
where she received her airframe and powerplant certification and associates in applied science. She quickly
found a job with Bombardier with their Learjet Program. "This
has been a learning experience where I have been able to grow
and I would eventually like to step out my comfort zone and
learn avionics and sheetmetal."
She spends time mentoring high school students, showing
them what the aviation industry has to offer as a career. Not
everyone is made for college, she says, but taking a look at
vocational schools that focus on jobs that provide an avenue
for a career in a short amount of time is something that not
many advertise. "I look back and thought college was the only
way to go," Rodriguez notes. "I have given tours of the school
I went to and job I work at to help interest others."

Nick Vartanian, 22, Mechanic, Helitender Inc., Pacolma, CA

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ick Vartanian took to the sky as a kid, setting in motion
his career to follow.
"I was always around aviation as a kid, my dad took me on
my first helicopter ride when I was eight-years-old and I have
been hooked ever since. I like the challenge of working with
my hands, and all aspects of the aviation industry," remembers
Vartanian.
Jumping into A&P school straight out of high school, Vartanian
received his training at the North Valley Occupational Center.
He has also completed Bell Helicopter Maintenance training,
as well as Pratt and Whitney Engine training. His passion for
aviation also propelled Vartanian to take night classes to receive
his private pilots certification.
Since completing his training, Vartanian has worked as a helicopter mechanic at Helitender Inc. - a helicopter maintenance
facility specializing in Eurocopter AS350/355, EC120/130/135/145,
Bell 206/412 and MD 500 series helicopters - for three years.
Vartanian's other job responsibilities include completing
paperwork and return to service for all the work performed
by Helitender.
"Nick started A&P school right after high school, he completed and received both his ratings, he attended night school
and received his airplane private pilot, he is in process of

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obtaining his IA certificate, he works as a
mechanic in FAA 145 repair station in Los
Angeles, he is very involved in safety in all
aspects of the job, he is a very dedicated,
bright and detail oriented person who will
be a great asset to the aviation maintenance
industry when all us "old guys" start retiring," wrote Armen Vartanian, president of
Helitender Inc., when nominating Vartanian.
And while the work that he does helps put people into the
sky, for the future, Vartanian is keeping his career goals straightforward and down to Earth.
"My goal is to continue operations of the company and I will
maintain helicopters for the next 30 years in the Los Angeles
area," Vartanian said.
Vartanian also tries to give back to the industry that has been
a part of his life since a young boy by attending events such as
HAI HELI-EXPO, mentoring those around him and maintaining
a positive outlook.
"I give back to the industry by bringing a positive attitude to
work every day and being ready to do whatever is required of
me," described Vartanian. "The aviation industry is a very fun
and rewarding career path. You learn something new every day."

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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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