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Gary, Duty Maintenance Manager

Gary, Duty Maintenance Manager Gary, Duty Maintenance Manager

"Hi, my name's Gary and I'm a Duty Maintenance Manager"

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.

Duty Maintenance Manager

"There are various shift patterns here, so it's really important to get a decent handover. The biggest challenge is to keep everything running smoothly. The logistics are like a jigsaw, trying to allocate manpower and resources to make sure that all the critical areas fit together."

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.

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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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