In the section ‘Stratt+ on-site’ (Stratt+ in het veld) we interview our colleagues who are working on location. This week we talk to Joseph Glass. He started working as a line mechanic for the Royal Netherlands Air Force via Stratt+. In this interview, Joseph talks about the challenges and responsibilities of his job. He also tells us what it was like for him to move to the Netherlands. Read the full interview to learn more about Joseph!
Why did you choose a career in the aerospace industry?
I’ve always liked working with my hands, repairing and building things. Originally, I thought of becoming a motor mechanic, but in the end, I chose a different career. When the opportunity arose to join the military as an aircraft engineer, I seized it.
What are your tasks and responsibilities as a B1.3 Engineer?
My current role is that of a line mechanic for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht). I am responsible for the day-to-day operation of the aircraft and everything that comes with it. This includes daily inspections, launching the aircraft, refueling, movements, and any required repairs. I also perform first line maintenance. This work involves inspections of up to 250 hours in total.
Can you tell us a little more about being a line mechanic? What are the challenges and rewards?
The best thing about line maintenance is that every day is different. New things can always happen. Some days everything works as it should and all the aircrafts complete their flights successfully. On other days, however, you are faced with new and challenging defects or problems. That keeps the job interesting and varied.
Why did you choose Stratt+ and how did we help you with the job process and moving to the Netherlands?
I was working on a contract in Norway that was coming to an end. Then I saw the vacancy of line mechanic and decided to contact Stratt+ about this role. Right from the start they were very helpful and showed an interest in putting me forward for this position. They answered all my queries, and made my transition to the Netherlands very smooth.
Do you have a tip for aerospace engineers that aspire to come to the Netherlands?
I enjoyed my transition to the Netherlands. So, I would say: don’t be afraid to take this step if you get the chance. The Dutch are very friendly and welcoming people. They will make you feel at home straight away, and you’ll meet great people over a tiny beer before you know it.
We look forward to getting in touch!
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