Nasos – Graduate Engineer
Tell us about your role/journey at VAA/VHL and what you were doing before VAA. What does an average day look like for you?
Having completed my postgraduate studies in Aircraft Design at Cranfield, as well as, having a brief experience in another airline, I knew that the Virgin Atlantic graduate scheme would be the ideal next step for me. I joined the scheme in October 2017 and I can admit that it is even more exciting than I could imagine. It’s been one year now and I have been in six different departments, well expanded my technical knowledge and built up a great network. The most thrilling part? There is not an average day. Every day is a new adventure, a new journey into the airline’s operations. I could be at my desk, co-ordinating new modifications for our fleet, or I could be inside a landing gear bay for a valve replacement. It all varies depending on the needs of each placement.
How did you first become interested in Engineering? What do you most enjoy about your role and what are some of the more challenging aspects of working here?
I have been an aviation geek since my childhood. I was always amazed by my uncle’s stories (an aircraft engineer himself) and I now realize it, too. Every day I deal with different departments (e.g. Planning, Tech Ops, Supply Chain, Materials, Tech Records etc) and different situations. I could be liaising with the asset management team regarding end of lease conditions, or collaborating with the Front Desk engineers (Maintrol) to alleviate an AOG situation. The most challenging part is to meet tight deadlines, whilst ensuring the continuous operation of our flying programme. However, this is also the most exciting part, since it exposes me to various scenarios that I have not seen before. This leads me to long investigations, which drive me to explore all aspects of our business.
What has been the best part of working for Virgin Atlantic to date?
My best memory (so far) would be my three month placement in the hangar and the line. I had the chance to work with our engineers on the aircraft and understand the nature of our operations. I gained a solid appreciation of the aircraft systems and the maintenance practices, while I met very knowledgeable, selfless people, who would spend hours sharing their experiences with me. Furthermore, I was given the opportunity to work on different aircraft types and I am now confident that I can apply this knowledge to my daily activities in the other departments.
What would your advice be to anyone thinking of applying for the Graduate programme at Virgin Atlantic?
Do it. Virgin offers a great culture as well as an incomparable job satisfaction. The development opportunities are endless, whilst the continuous support from all the people around the business, create an extremely friendly environment. As long as you are an aviation enthusiast yourself and you have a great thirst for learning, there should be nothing stopping you from applying.
How would you sum up Virgin Atlantic in one word?
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