NASA’s C-130 aircraft came into Rome looking much different than it does now. It wouldn’t be possible to give this craft a new look without a dedicated work crew. The President/CEO of Strategic Global Aviation John Hester says some of this crew is going through the process of certification through a program at MVCC.
"The on the job training, the internship, they get a better idea of really what aircraft maintenance is all about."
Renee Buhrow is working on getting certified as an airplane technician in MVCC’s Apprenticeship Program. She wanted to try something new and is now getting hands on experience working in the field.
"I went to school for graphic design, and they talked me into the placard shop, and then when I got in they told me about the other thing where I could learn to paint, learn to sand, do all that kind of stuff, and that sounded like something I wanted to do. It’s kind of fun, like I love telling my family like people ask me what I do now. I tell them I paint planes, and they think it’s crazy."
John Hester has around 100 candidates waiting to work for his company. He’s expecting to increase his staff from around 30 to 250 employees within the next year, and it shouldn’t take long based on his requirements. Being efficient, safe, and…
"You got to be happy to do your work here. If you come in with a bad attitude, that’s the kind of work you’re going to get out of the individual. It’s as simple as that."
It takes more than a happy employee to finish the job. Pilots like Joh Adams have to put their complete trust in the mechanics working on the craft.
"Everybody has a role to play, and without the team effort it’s going to fall apart on you."
The plane will have an entirely new look. We’re not quite ready to show you the finished project yet, but John Hester says we can give you an idea what it will look like.
"When it leaves here it’s going to be a light grey with a metal or white, with a blue pinstripe, and with the NASA insignia on it, and that’s all I can say for right now."
The plane is projected to be ready for flight by mid-November pending any unexpected mechanical issues.