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"san system support center" Discussed on The Air Up There

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"san system support center" Discussed on The Air Up There

"Transportation system specialists and that's typically how ajao announcement on usa jobs will go out. That's the position it's all everyone's kind of covered by this one. Large job series. And when you actually get to where you're going that's where you start to get a little bit. More divided up into specific groups and theoretically immune one of the concepts was that people can work on all all types of different equipment and a lot of times they do but it would be pretty much impossible for someone to get to an airport and say well. We need to be able to work on all of this stuff. It's just way too varied so they are broken up into different. Kind of subcategories. Radar is one of those subcategories and there's numerous different types of radar out there on which they might be working. Automation systems is another. One and automation systems are working on equipment. That air traffic controllers used to see crap and that's a large system and a lot of places where it's getting radar data coming in. It's getting all of this other weather information and everything and it pulls it all together onto one piece of equipment. It's right now. Usually called stars. Most places have stars at this point. They actually broadcast that information out to all of the tower so here at nc t for instance the star system actually sends that information to all of the towers in the area and so everything they see on the scopes actually translated here at nc. T- there's navigation systems and that can be broken down into numerous areas They typically work on. Bor's which is equipment that sometimes you might see in the middle of the field or on mountaintop somewhere and add equipment is used to send out signals everywhere for pilots to be able to fly on navigation technicians malls to be working on the on the instrument landing systems and those are on the airfields and they send out signals that worked with equipment in the aircraft that enable them to land without seeing very well and in some cases they can lamb without being able to see anything as well. We've got communications technicians out there. So they'll be working largely on radios and what's called the voice switch at the towers or at the centers and large trade cons. And what that does is it takes. Although the radio feeds and it allows air traffic controllers to be able to actually select a specific frequency at a specific position in a tower trae were center and then one of the most important groups we also have is what they call environmental and environmentals a very diverse group because they basically handle the backbone of what we do. All of the equipment i mentioned earlier is the equipment that's used by pilots in her traffic to kind of see and speak to one another. What environmental technician stew is they do. A lot of lighted navigates. If someone's at an airport and your landing you kind of see these lights. That are along the way they help. The pilots kinda see where they're gone and get a good angle on how they're landing. They also work on building. Maintenance electrical systems the hvac equipment. That's all those locations. They're really the folks that kind of enable everything else to work because you know without power or air conditioning in our world. You're kind of dead in the water so very important part of what we do. What advice do you have for the sinners interested in pursuing a career at the faa depending on what they wanna do and we'll touch on checkup specifically because you know. Obviously that's where i'm at but if they're interested in working in that field reach out you know find some folks that work there and if you don't know anyone that works with the agency or worse than anything like that go to the airport and find out who the system support manager is our look online. Find out who the are knock on doors. Everyone's doing everything online. But that human aspect is still vital to getting people on board. I mean we try to make it to recruitment fairs and things like that to get the word out but like with me. My father got the contact information for the manager. And i made the call you when we worked through things that way. People remember that person that they saw the remember the person that made that effort to come out actually present themselves and say why it is that they would be a good fit for that position. So i'd say that's probably my biggest advice. Try and make those contacts if you want to jump in and that's going to be. Wow it's like a puzzle. it's amazing how all these pieces fit together. You're not getting aftercare and energy. Cody ida chance the child. Jim woodring to learn more training technicians. Jim ben with agency for twenty five years and it's currently on ensure technicians at the right training at the right place at the right time so we have enough certified tax to maintain equipment nationwide. Let's hear from jim. Jim thanks so much for being here. We really appreciate you taking the time. Oh my pleasure and can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the faa sure. I grew up in ohio. One thousand nine hundred eighty two. I enlisted in to the navy and got into electronics. Was totally foreign to me at that point in my life served eight years as a radar technician and as an instructor and when i got out of the navy i taught high school public school for five years. I kept in touch with a friend who worked with in the navy. He ended up getting a job and the faa when he got out as a radar technician. Can he kept pestering me to apply to the faa so finally nine hundred ninety six one ahead put in an application. I got hired as a radar technician. I was ecstatic to get a job with the faa and get back into working. Radars couldn't have been happier then couldn't be any happier now so we'd like to explain to our listeners. What tech ops training like what they can expect along the way. How does training prepare technicians for the actual job for working on nasa equipment in the field actually very proud of the way. The fa does training. We'll take a new hire. They get theory the equipment train from trained instructors down oklahoma city than they typically come back to where they work. They'll get assigned an experienced technician. Who give them on the job training in addition to what they just received in it all finally comes to a performance exam and ed is a hands on demonstration that they can do the job that we've hired him for and performance exam basically is our way of saying yes. This individuals ready to certify equipment that the flying public gonna rely on it typically end with one certification on one piece of equipment. I know when i was in cleveland. I probably i think. I left there with about twenty certifications everything from radar to automation to communications. You name it very diverse dependent on where you end up. That's where that constant training comes into play. I love that it's all about. The people can agree. More kenya as we say mass. I people always and on another note. You wanna move to alaska kenya. What are you even talking about kristie. You like snow flying through the mountains about grizzly bears lay. What does that have to do with becoming a technician. Actually a lot just so happens. That alaska has many job opportunities technicians. I mean i knew that but there's just no way i'm moving their fishing up there. I had the opportunity to interview. Christie jepson humanities the faa facility with the coolest name ever king san system support centre. It's an anchorage and covers maintenance on equipment. All the way to the aleutian islands about six hundred miles to the southwest. Where the grisly drone. Chris ben with the faa for twenty years starting in salt lake city. That's incredible okay enough talking chris. Let's get right into the interview. I wanted to hear compressive chris. Thanks so much for taking the time it'd be here today and telling us about your journey and your unique job in alaska. What was that. Experience like moving to alaska. It was interesting. I had a lot of misconceptions about alaska. I had never visited before. So i didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if there were bears in town. Or you know. I mean everybody tells stories. It was a very long drive through canada and then to anchorage pulling a very large trailer. Full of all my worldly belongings. Every time i drive they call it the l. Can the alaska canadian highway. I remember how long it is and how long it took to get here and how desolate some areas are. Of course the fishing was fantastic. Yes there were moose in the backyard and he had some bears and different wildlife but it was a.

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