I joined Virgin Atlantic as a Certifying Engineer in 2007. I'd deputised for the Duty Maintenance Manager over the past few years, then, in December 2011 I was promoted on a permanent basis. Moving into management has been a big achievement, and even though I've deputised before, there's a lot more involvement now.
The difference in working for Virgin Atlantic is how the company treats you. They see you as a person and while the company is growing, it still has a personal, smaller airline feel to it. There are lots of opportunities to progress and Virgin Atlantic promote extremely well within, so there's tiered progression from being a technician to becoming a certifier. It's a great way to build on your existing qualifications and skill set.
If you have a passion for aircraft then it's the job for you. There's a lot of study involved, constant exams and then when new aircraft come on board there's further training so it really helps if you have a genuine interest in the subject matter! I'd also advise anyone thinking of applying to really get some background knowledge, find out about the company and what's going on.
As well as our Engineering Apprenticeship and Graduate programmes, we also have a range of technical and engineering opportunities for hardworking and talented engineers who have gained qualifications with relevant experience at other airlines.
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