Nominate for Mechanic of the Year Award

Posted Friday, April 11 2014 as Industry News

2014 Helicopter Maintenance Magazine’s Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award Nominating Instructions

Nominate for Mechanic of the Year Award

I hope that if you were at Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, CA, you saw our 2013 Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award presentation. Our winner, Derek Weeden, received a well earned trophy and a check for $8000.00! The check was due to the great companies that sponsored the award and recognize the value of the helicopter maintenance professional. We are hopeful that the 2014 award will be even larger! With that said, it is now time to think if your company has a deserving helicopter maintenance professional that you would like to nominate for the 2014 award.

Before going through the instructions, please take a moment to make sure that your nominee meets the eligibility requirements. They are:

  •          The nominee must be currently employed in the helicopter industry as a helicopter maintenance professional and have at least 3 years experience working on helicopters.
  •          The award is NOT for DOMs or employees of Helicopter Maintenance magazine or the Helicopter Maintenance magazine Advisory Board.
  •          The nominee may be an A&P mechanic, avionics technician who may or may not be an A&P mechanic and any other non-managerial maintenance professional. Supervisors who actually perform maintenance are eligible.

The nominee can work for a federal (non-military), state or city helicopter flight organization. This can be a publicly traded company or private enterprise.

If your nominee does not meet the conditions above, we are sorry, but they do not meet the eligibility requirements for this award. If your nominee does meet the conditions listed above please continue.

The nominator can be a DOM, supervisor, pilot, another mechanic, medic, or anyone else in the company that thinks this individual should be given consideration for this award.

Please see the 2014 criteria below.

On a separate paper, either using MS WORD, or PDF format, the nominator must answer the questions below and email them to the attention of the editor, Helicopter Maintenance magazine elicopter Maintenance magazat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline to receive nominations is November 15, 2014.

  1.      Please state in detail (no more than two examples), of why this person exhibits a level of professionalism that makes them an outstanding individual.

2.   How do the communication skills of your nominee make them exceptional either in or outside of the workplace? Please give no more than two examples.

3.   We value the importance of passing on or sharing knowledge acquired through experience.  How does the nominee participate in this process with their co-workers?

4.   Being able to see the need for change in workplace protocols, tooling, recordkeeping, etc. is often a valuable capability.  Please offer us examples (no more than three), of how this person has been an innovator, or helped to make changes in the workplace that made progress for the business and/or coworkers.

5.   How has the nominee demonstrated their willingness to learn or broaden their professional horizon?  We know not everyone is offered the same sort of learning opportunities, but we are interested in how motivated your nominee is to expand their knowledge base or take on tasks and responsibilities that are new to them (no more than three examples.)

6.   Does the nominee participate in any professional organizations or programs? Also include things such as presentations or specialized training that the nominee has offered to coworkers or other interested parties. No more than three examples.

Also, we also require the following information on your nominee:

Their Name

Job Title

Name of Company Currently Employed With

Company Address

Company Telephone Number

Email Address

 We would also appreciate the same information on you, the nominator, your name, job title, company name, etc. This is in the event we have some additional questions we would like to ask you about your nominee.

 In all cases, the information you provide will not be given away or sold to any third parties for any reasons whatsoever.

As a final thought, if your company would like to become a sponsor for the 2014 Helicopter Maintenance magazine’s Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award, please contact me at the email address above for more information. Whether or not your company is or is not a sponsor will have no affect on choosing the winner.

Thank you and good luck,

R. Fred Polak

Editor – Helicopter Maintenance magazine