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Joshua Harrison, 32, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Textron Aviation, Highland, NY

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oshua Harrison always wanted to work in a mechanical field
because his dad was a truck mechanic in the Army Reserve and
Later in the Air National Guard. Then, in 2005, Harrison went to
the Boy Scout National Jamboree and met some Army helicopter
mechanics/crew chiefs and decided he would become a helicopter
mechanic.
Throughout his time in the military, Harrison says he had many
great and impactful mentors. Almost all of his non-commissioned
officers preached the ethics of aviation mechanics.
Harrison started his aviation career in the Army as a 15T, UH-60
Blackhawk general maintainer. Then he went to A&P school in
Massachusetts at the National Aviation Academy of New England.
After getting his A&P, he later landed his current job as a aircraft
maintenance technician with Textron Aviation service center New
York. Ending six months ago, he was an acting lead technician for
two years.
"Joshua has been with Textron Aviation in a 145 repair station
for more than four years," explained Joe Stack, inspector, Textron
Aviation and the person who nominated Harrison. "In that time, he
has worked his way up from a grade 7 technician to a grade 3 and

is up for promotion to a grade 1 lead. He has
been acting as a grade 1 lead on the weekend
shift for almost two years. He is thoughtful
in his approach to the work packages we perform, which can be in the hundreds of man
hours. He refers to our manuals religiously
and maintains situational awareness with
his crew when handling multiple aircraft,
which is all the time." Stack also notes that
Harrison's commitment to carrying out his tasks in a highly professional manner make him worthy of this award.
Harrison received his training at the Fort Eustis Virginia 15T
School and Hanscom Airfield A&P School; he also received advanced
training at the King Air Familiarization School, Textron Aviation.
Just as his Non-Commissioned Officers preached the ethics of
aviation mechanics, Harrison makes it a point to do the same. "I
try and teach new mechanics aviation maintenance ethics and
practices," Harrison noted. He says his current goal is to become
a lead technician at Textron Aviation service center New York.

Michael M. Smith, 35, Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, Embraer Executive Aircraft, Palm Bay, FL

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ichael M. Smith has always had a passion for aviation. "When I
was younger, my parents would take my sister and me to watch
planes at Miami International. There was an area at the end of
the runway with picnic tables for people to watch planes take off
and land. In high school, I learned to work on cars and rebuilt a
couple of Mustangs. I realized then that I like to fix things," Smith
said. "I did not immediately go into aviation when I finished high
school. It was not until the year 2010, after the housing crash, when
I entered aviation as a structural technician, building parts for
Boeing aircraft," he continued.
Smith started his career working for Triumph Aerostructures
in Stuart, FL. There, he worked as a structural technician building
747 cargo doors and 777 inboard flaps. He then moved to Boeing
Defense in Macon, GA where he worked on the A10 center wing
replacement program building the wing. In 2012, he started working
at Embraer in Melbourne, FL. "I started on the Phenom production line, testing avionics, loading software, testing pneumatics,
hydraulics and rigging flight controls," Smith said. Within three
years of working at Embraer, he obtained his A&P license and then
went to work for Embraer's service center as an AOG technician. A
year later, he was promoted to the lead A&P for the 145. Then, in
2018, he started his current position as an aircraft maintenance
specialist for Embraer's demonstration flight operations team. "My
job is to maintain the airworthiness through our CAMP program

and perform periodic light maintenance on
the aircraft," Smith stated.
Smith has had many mentors throughout
his career. The first is Manny Rodriguez who
was Smith's lead working on the Phenom production line and flight line for Embraer. "He
taught me how to be a mechanic and pushed
for me to pursue my A&P," Smith said. He
worked with his other two mentors, Mike
Forehand and Jeff Sneden at the Embraer 145 service center. "Both
taught me a lot about the aviation industry and gave me insight
on how to become a better leader," Smith stated.
In 2018, Smith enrolled in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
and received his Associate Degree in Aviation Maintenance. He
is expected to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation
Maintenance in May. He has also attended Collins Aerospace Proline
Fusion avionics training as well as Flight Safety International's
Embraer EMB-550, Honeywell's HTF7000 series engine and 36-150
APU courses.
Smith enjoys introducing people to aviation and mentoring young
AMTs. "I enjoy it when I see someone I have mentored grow and
become a safe and proficient technician," Smith said.
In the future, Smith hopes to become a manager of a 145 repair
station or maintenance department in a flight capacity.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology

Editor's Takeoff: The Young and the Restless
Industry Inspection
40 Under 40, Who Made the Cut?
Keeping Sharp on Blade Maintenance
Protect Others, Protect Yourself
Nimble at 65
Flightdocs' Journey Lands at ATP
How to Address Systemic Safety and Quality Issues
Professionalism: Owning Your Impact
ARSA: Maintenance Professionals Share Career Stories
Advertiser's Index
Shop Talk: Maintenance Records, or Lack There Of
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