Australia’s aviation industry remains in safe hands with the latest CASA scholarships underscoring the high calibre of the next generation of aspiring aircraft engineers.
Pictured: Prue Zamora, Pip Spence, Luke Dufficy, Hayden McDonald, Samuel Philpot, Mark Binskin and Pete Ball
Our aircraft maintenance engineers’ (AME) scholarship program recipients were announced at Rotortech 2022 in Brisbane by CEO and DAS Pip Spence yesterday.
Queenslanders Luke Dufficy, Hayden McDonald and Samuel Philpot, along with Jack Callow from Western Australia and James Gaha of NSW, will all receive $5000 each to help them achieve their Part 66 licence.
With more than one hundred applicants, the quality of the applications for our annual AME scholarship program exceeded the evaluation panel’s expectations.
‘This scholarship program focuses on applicants who’ve already started their structured training towards a licence outcome or AMEs who have not gone through a structured training program but are currently working in the industry gaining experience,’ Pete Ball, aviation safety advisor, explains.
Pete, a licensed engineer with more than 30 years’ experience, was joined on the selection panel by Victorian-based aviation safety advisor Brad Johnson and Prue Zamora, senior strategic engagement advisor.
‘There was a wide variety in the applications, and it took us a few weeks to deliberate on a shortlist,’ Pete says.
‘From there, we interviewed 11 potential candidates and the quality of the interviewees just really blew us out of the water.’
‘There’s an obvious commitment to aviation safety from all of them and it’s evident that they they’re in this for the long-haul, career wise.
‘We really want to help those who have demonstrated an interest in aviation maintenance, who’ve made progress through their own initiative and portrayed a high standard of aptitude and safety culture.’
The scholarships are just one of the ways we promote aircraft maintenance engineering as a viable career option for those who might be interested in becoming an AME.
Pete and Brad (who also holds a CASA B1 engineer’s licence) regularly hold AvSafety engineering seminars across Australia throughout the year.
We also have several products available from our online store for anyone considering a career in aircraft engineering including our Engineer career guide booklet. It profiles both female and male aircraft engineers who have made the leap of faith and carved out rewarding engineering careers.