Worked as an Aircraft refuel tech and Mechanic Apprentice working with Cessna 402 and 404 twin engine aircraft.
Entered the operation as a sheet metal technician with my A' license. Worked on DC8 series aircraft. One of the best jobs I ever had.
The first year with Spirit Airlines was interesting. I was hired as a line mechanic with my A&P license. We worked out of a panel van at DTW servicing a line of DC9-30 aircraft. After that first year the company leased an old Delta Hanger and we finally found shelter. Things began moving along as the airline started to grow. I was promoted to Lead mechanic and then foreman. Once I topped out in pay, the company offered to pay tuition to continue my education in engineering studies - That include a promotion to engineering liaison and a big pay cut... ha. it can cost to move up. This promoted me to a newly created position as an engineering liaison person. I studied along with several compliance engineers who were consultants with the company at the time. With advise from these consultants, I added mechanical drafting to my college curriculum, I am grateful for that good advice today. After a while I began to supplement my promoted pay cut with my new found drafting expertise with aviation related drawings. I continued to be promoted to engineer, then Sr. manager of engineering and eventually appointed as an FAA DER. I left the company in 2005 to strike it out on my own as a consultant FAA DER in the areas of Structures and Interiors.
Currently I own ASI Solutions Inc. I work as an FAA DER Consultant and provide engineering support for Light and heavy transport category aircraft finding compliance to certain aspects of FARs. Services include finding compliance to regulations, writing reports, compliance documents, engineering orders, and of course, thanks to some good advise, 2d and 3d CAD.