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RF System Lab is counting down the days until the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, taking place at the 2015 MRO Americas: April 14-16, 2015 in Miami, FL. We’re proud to be a sponsor of the event, but what we’re looking forward to the most is giving away a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to the winning team in the school category.

We reached out to the schools competing with a goal of getting to know more about their schools, the members of their team, and what they’re looking forward to at this year’s Aerospace Maintenance Competition. We were extremely impressed with their replies, and wanted to showcase a few of the schools competing on the RF System Lab blog.

The first of these schools is South Seattle College, a school that has two teams competing in this year’s AMC. Below are answers from both teams, Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) Team 1 and AWAM Team 2. These teams are made up of the following individuals: Maxim Zuev, Michael Clyde, Agnes Choung, Renae Muniz, Kevin Barrett, ‘Troy’ (Yeshi) Qui, Brian Louderback, Cedric EBROTTIE, Mark Brutke, Michael Cooke, Anthony Clark, Miles Craw. Elise R. Levi, Secretary of AWAM Chapter 19 and A&P Student at South Seattle College, was our contact at the school and was kind enough to interview students competing for us.

We selected a few answers to each of the questions asked to share below:

Question 1 (Q1) : How many years have you been competing in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition?

Answer 1 (A1): “This will be the first year I will be competing in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, and the second in our school’s history. We are always looking for more opportunities to gain experience and test our knowledge outside of the school environment. Through training for this competition we have been introduced to various aviation maintenance related products used in the field that we would have otherwise not been able to test, putting us a step closer to working out in the field.” –Mark Brutke

A2: ‘’This is my first year competing in the aerospace maintenance competition. I decided to compete because I knew this would be an amazing opportunity for me to make friends among aviation enthusiasts and show what My Team and South Seattle College AMT program are made of.’’- Tony Clark

A3:  ‘’I competed last year, this year I’m a student coach/project manager.’’ –Jennifer Lasher


Q2: If you have attended previously, did you have any memorable experiences?

A1:  ‘’Yes, last year it was very exciting to come together with so many other professionals and students and to get an idea what the future holds for me.’’ –Jennifer Lesher


Q3: If you have not previously attended, what made you decide to participate in this year’s competition?

A1: ‘’Having the opportunity to get more hand-on on Aviation stuff, and enlarging my professional network for my future career in aviation.’’- Cedric EBROTTIE

A2: ‘’The supplementary training and opportunity to learn aspects of aviation maintenance that I have not yet covered in school sounded like a good opportunity to further my education.’’ –Michael Clyde


Q4: Which skill-based challenges are you looking forward to the most at this year’s competition?

A1: ‘’JT8-15 Pressure Ratio Bleed Control.’’ – Brian

A2: ‘’The events are mostly in my areas of interest but I look forward most to showing how hard my team and I have worked to perfect our skills at safety wire, power distribution troubleshoot, Charles Taylor exam, and weight and balance.’’ –Tony Clark

A3: “Im looking forward in building a strong and well controlled skill set under a pressurized environment such as being timed and evaluated by a team of judges. I can also relate this to license testing. “ –Maxim Zuev


Q5: Tell us a bit about your school’s aviation and aerospace maintenance program.

A1: ‘’For being almost at the end of my program, the strength of the school is the instructors.  Having five different instructors throughout my program, their specific backgrounds in Aviation helps me have a wider view in the aviation field.   From the military to commercial and from general aviation to the cargo company.’’ – Cedric EBROTTIE

A2: ‘’Our school and instructors do an excellent job with limited resources to provide us with everything we need to succeed as aircraft mechanics, except our own enthusiasm and drive.’’ –Tony Clark

A3: “It is Two-year program which has a long history.  We even have a hanger at Boeing field to keep airplanes.  Our instructors have varied backgrounds, which helps us understand the fields of aviation.’’    -Agnes Choung


Q6: RF System Lab is donating a VJ-Advance video borescope to the winning team in the school division. How would winning the VJ-ADV assist your program?

A1: The VJ-Advance video borescope would be a vast improvement over the borescopes our school has currently. We have used these devices to inspect compressor blades in turbojet engines for damage, but their effectiveness has been limited because honestly aren’t very good. With a better, professional-quality borescope, I’m sure we would find many more uses for it.’’ –Mark Brutke

A2: ‘’Thank you RF System Lab for donating the VJ-Advance borescope for the school division winner of the AMC. If my team from South Seattle College wins our division that boroscope will be amazing for our powerplant class this coming year.’’ –Tony Clark

A3: ‘’It would be very helpful because we need one with a small head that can go into a J52.’’ –Brian

A4: ‘’Winning the borescope would be most excellent, as our school’s current borescope situation is less than desirable.’’ –Michael Clyde


Last but not least… final remarks: 

‘’Thank you to everyone else from South Seattle College, our families and community (including but not limited to Alaska Airlines and Boeing) who have made it possible for us to compete this year and helped us to hone our training. ‘’ -Tony Clark

‘’I’m looking forward to experiencing and learning new stuff in at the AMC competition, and especially to WIN.’’ – Cedric EBROTTIE

RF System Lab would like to thank South Seattle College for taking the time to let us learn a bit more about their school and AMC goals. We wish them good luck and are looking forward to meeting them at this year’s AMC!