On AMT Day, We Toasted the Best of the Best Technicians - United Hub

On National AMT Day, we toasted the best of the best technicians

By Pete Rapalus, May 30, 2019

As we fired up grills and prepared for National Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Day celebrations last week, the arrival of Friday's first shift technicians gathered with more than 300 years of experience at a restaurant in Humble, Texas. We hosted the event to thank them for the millions of lives they have touched through their dedication to safety.

Six of the previous year's eight Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award winners from United were able to attend the event, hosted by Technical Operations VPs Kurt Carpenter, Tom Doxey, Mark Eldred and Don Wright. Meanwhile, SVP Kris Bauer was in Cleveland for AMT Day and VP John Wiitala planned to join our teams at Houston-Hobby to celebrate and watch our newest Taylor Award recipient, Jerry Johanson, receive his Taylor Award on Friday. Jerry was also among the honorees at the dinner Thursday evening. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awards the Taylor to technicians with at least 50 years of exemplary service.

Also on hand for the Taylor dinner was the Hon. John Goglia, a former United technician who went on to serve on the National Transportation Safety Board and was instrumental in establishing the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. We proudly count him among our Taylor recipients.

As leaders introduced each of our 2018-19 Taylor honorees, they were presented with engraved aircraft windows and John also gave each of them a special AMC "challenge coin." He also made it a point to thank the spouses and partners who were in attendance for supporting the technicians through their long and distinguished careers. "Thank you for putting up with us," he said to laughs. He also thanked United for its demonstrated leadership in fostering diversity and attracting more women to become technicians, and challenged United to field an AMC-winning all-female team. "We're getting there," Mark responded, referring to the Chix Fix.

In addition to a gift, each technician receives a postcard with a message that reads:

"At United, it is clear that we have the best technicians in the business, and our recent performance is a testament to the solid foundation you provide for the rest of the airline. Take a moment today to thank your peers and the teams that support you, and to honor all the many technicians who have served since the days of Charles Edward Taylor, who as the Wright Brothers' engine builder and mechanic is considered the first AMT. All of you keep this airline flying and we thank you for it, on National AMT Day and every day."

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