Welcome to our Anniversary Interview with Allan Veskioja. He works as an NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) Inspector in our Tallinn facility and has recently completed his 5th year at Magnetic MRO!
On behalf of celebrating his past years amongst us, Tiina Shein (a.k.a. our Marketing Manager) asked a few moments of Allan to share his experiences with us.
Tiina Shein: Hello Allan! For how many years have you been working at Magnetic MRO (including AME years – before rebranding)?
Allan Veskioja: 4 years since I started to work here officially in 2014; and 6 months of internship before that.
TS: How did you get involved in aviation?
AV: My aunt’s husband has been working in Germany as a B1 Licensed Engineer under Air Berlin for the past 35 years. I always found his job and the field he’s been working at very fascinating; therefore, when I first learned that it is possible to study the same EASA Part 66 Program in Estonian Aviation Academy, my mind was already set to go for it.
TS: So you are keeping the aviation blood in family? Good for you!
Can you please name the departments and job titles you’ve worked under at MMRO so far?
AV: From 2013 to 2014, I have worked both as an intern and an apprentice under both Base Maintenance and Workshop Units. From 2014 to 2015, I was working as a basic mechanic apprentice and gaining hands-on experience. There are so many sub-units in Base Maintenance and you see some different action from various departments every day. That’s how I got intrigued by NDT Workshop and ended up as an NDT Inspector in 2015. Ever since, I have been working on the same position and enjoying discovering the small details behind curtains.
TS: Well, someone has an OCD tendency! J You’re not alone, my friend. But go ahead and tell us more about your current job? What are you doing exactly as an NDT Inspector? What are your daily/weekly tasks?
AV: Mainly our team looks for structural defects (cracks, corrosion, water, delamination etc.) on components and aircraft structure. As we can easily find the defects that are barely visible to the naked eye (or under/between different layers), we support check runners by sharing our findings and insights, evidently resulting in contributing to the general aviation safety.
In the beginning of bigger checks, we are given a list of inspections and modifications ordered by the client. Our top priority is to finish these inspections as quickly as possible with the aim of providing the most accurate findings; so that other departments can have enough time to respond to the case by replacing or repairing the relevant parts. These are, of course, preplanned works. In addition, we also have periodic non-routine tasks to check the structure of repair areas, open holes of removed parts as well as to measure thickness on certain areas where specific parts are removed due to nicks, gouges, corrosion and so on.
TS: Wow! It seems to require A LOT of focus and attention-to-details. You must have collected so many interesting memories with such to-do list. Can you remember your best memory at Magnetic MRO? Do you mind sharing it with us?
AV: Oddly enough, my best memories are all about night shifts. I simply love staying up till late here with the colleagues and working on some challenging tasks, caused by emergencies that require my/our intermediate assistance. During those times, we have to get together and finish the job as soon as possible in order not to jeopardize the aircraft departure time. The more puzzling the task is, the more interesting and exciting for us. *Nerd Alert*!
TS: Haha! Don’t worry, we love nerds and geeks here! I’d even say, the nerdier is the better J I mean look at you! You are doing a brilliant job and making the most fun out of it at the same time. Inspiring! May I ask how you would define all these years spent in Magnetic MRO?
AV: I’d say “the people”. The people here are the real treasure chest of the entire company. I must say that being surrounded by so many great people is a huge trigger for motivation and performance on many levels.
TS: I couldn’t agree more! Quality result is never a coincidence. Beside hard-work and dedication, it also requires a good leadership and great teamwork. I am glad you are happy about all these determining factors. Would you say working at Magnetic MRO has changed your life in any way?
AV: Definitely. On top of many other things, life here has taught me that sometimes it is necessary to walk that extra mile to achieve the desired goal.
TS: And I can see that you have everything you need to go that extra mile and make us all proud. On behalf of Magnetic MRO, I am confident to say that we are happy to have you on board, Allan! Thanks for sharing your time and memories with us. We wish you best of luck and have a successful life ahead.