Michal Karkut - From Trainee to Trainer

Meet Michal! Aircraft engineer, instructor and OJT (On the Job Training) supervisor for Bostonair! We asked Michal a few questions about his experience and journey through working with Bostonair…

Hi Michal! Tell us a bit about yourself! What’s your background and what made you get into the aviation industry?

Hello, my name is Michal!

I am an aircraft engineer, instructor, and OJT supervisor for Bostonair, working with cargo planes such as the A300, 757, 767, and 777.

I am the first person in my family to work in the aviation industry professionally, but not the only one interested in aviation. My grandfather used to construct flying aircraft models, but unfortunately, he had to remain the sole breadwinner. I grew up near a city with an aircraft factory, and throughout my childhood, I used to gaze up at the sky, watching metal birds soar. Years later, I joined an aviation technical school and then an aviation university while working at the same aircraft factory. I assembled military transporters and helicopters and tested them with pilots once they were ready. It was excellent experience and a great start for me.

When did you start your OTJ (On the job training)  and what did you get up to?

I started my OJ Training 4 years ago, during which I was also completing an Airbus A300-type rating course simultaneously. This was a big challenge for me, as I was in a new environment with new people, aircraft, and tasks that I had never encountered before.

However, I was fortunate to be part of a group of people who treated me like family and gave me the chance to see the aircraft systems and resolve defects. They assigned me issues and observed how I dealt with them. When I needed help, they were always by my side, explaining things to me.

The OJT program is long and demanding, as you are required to perform tasks related to all aircraft systems, such as flight controls, hydraulics, fire protection, landing gear, avionics, engine systems, and more. When performing tasks like installation, testing, and adjustments, every detail matters, including every single bolt, connector, and lock wire, even the smallest mistake can have catastrophic results.

Why did you choose Bostonair?

After gaining experience as a mechanic in heavy maintenance, I wanted to take on the next challenge and become an aircraft engineer. I began searching for companies that had programs for young engineers, not many companies have programs like that. Bostonair was my first choice to apply. I had heard good opinions about this company, and the most important factor for me was after I had completed my training, an aircraft engineer position was guaranteed. Now, I know it was the best choice, and I am extremely happy that this company gave me the opportunity.

What things have you been up to? Where have you been? What do you enjoy most about your job?

I have worked in many places around the world, (including Europe and Asia),  building aircrafts in factories, working as a Sheet Metal Worker and mechanic, and performing heavy and line maintenance duties/tasks. With Bostonair, I flew as part of the AOG team to places where aircrafts were grounded, to get them back in the air. I also flew as a crew member, serving as a flying spanner where there was no maintenance available.

Every position is different, and an aircraft is a very complex machine. An aircraft engineer is in charge of all systems, you never know what’s going to break down the next day or which malfunctioning aircraft will fly to your base. The most spectacular things I have done with my team are engine changes or landing gear replacements, and so on. The most challenging tests I have faced are engine tests, where I need to be focused 100%. The parameters and indications change very quickly, and my reaction needs to be appropriate to the situation.

What’s best about my job? The people. The opportunity to meet new people gives me a sense of excitement. I’m curious about their culture, point of view, and values. Of course, the second-best thing is the satisfaction of seeing an aircraft fly after I’ve done my job. I know that someone who entrusted their life to my hands can safely return to their family in any condition or at any time.

What are you looking forward to? What’s next?

There’s still a lot for me to achieve and learn. In the near future, I would like to gain experience working on the newest aircraft in the fleet, such as the 777 and A330.  My biggest dream is to work on the most beautiful aircraft for me, the iconic 747. What’s next? Only time will tell.

What advice would you give others looking to start their training/career with Bostonair?

I believe that everything is possible if you really want it and have a target to reach. Work hard and believe in yourself. Don’t worry about making mistakes; it’s a part of learning. When I started at Bostonair, I felt that I was worse than others, however, after some time, I realized that everybody is the same, regardless of nationality, background, religion, etc. We have the same fears, doubts, and make mistakes in the same way. So, don’t hesitate! If you want to be a part of the Bostonair family, just join us!

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