Ken Lecky, Training and Development Manager
StandardAero is one of the largest independent Maintenance Repair and Overhaul and aviation service businesses in the world.
They have over 6,000 employees working out of more than 30 facilities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Singapore, and Australia.
“In the last year, we transitioned from Vector Aerospace to StandardAero,” says Ken Lecky. “The acquisition took place in November 2017, and we are still feeling a bit like a new company.
“StandardAero has created three different Centers of Excellence and has reorganized its primary Canadian MRO facility, which will be in Langley BC, Winnipeg MB, and Summerside PEI. StandardAero Winnipeg has moved its P&WC PW100 MRO engine services and P&WC PT6A work to its facility in Summerside, making it the Turboprop Engine MRO Center of Excellence.
“More service and support for our customers along with achieving better organizational efficiency are StandardAero’s objectives for the reorganization. Reducing similarities allows the company to align engineering, testing, and technology investments.”
Expansion and hiring needs
The Summerside location works on the PT6A and the PW100 turboprop engine lines, as well as the JT15D fan engine. “We are currently expanding to add 50,000 square feet to our shop, which is quite significant.
“In the PEI facility, we need technicians and people to do support work, and we are poised to hire around 50 more staff due to the expansion. We already hired 25 people in six weeks. There are some growing pains with that, but it is a good problem to have.
“We, as well as other companies in the industry, are all struggling with the local talent pool to find employees with aerospace experience, so we have modified our hiring & training strategy to accommodate for this.”
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