An Interview with Pat Dye
Pat is an Atlanta-based commercial aircraft inspector with over 12 years experience in inspection and 28 years experience as an airplane mechanic. He is part of the highly specialized Borescope Team and through hard work, discipline, and continuing education he has become an expert in every plane and every engine that his airline flies. Pat is a superb example of how taking pride in your work, having a strong work ethic, and being self-motivated will enable you to achieve anything you set your mind to.
How long have you worked in aviation and what inspired you to pursue this career?
For someone who wants to do your job, what steps should they take?
Do you need a college degree to become an aircraft inspector?
What are your primary responsibilities as an aircraft inspector?
Is your job very nerve-racking?
What does the Borescope Team do?
What does a typical day look like for you?
How has your career affected your lifestyle and/or family life?
What are some of the challenges associated with being an aircraft inspector?
What skills does someone need to have to be successful in this profession?
Is your job physically demanding?
What do you do when you find something that's not right on an airplane?
Is there room for advancement as a commercial aircraft inspector?
What is your favorite thing about being an aircraft inspector?
What is your least favorite part of being an aircraft inspector?
What advice would you give someone who's hoping to become an aircraft inspector?
Was your first year as an inspector very stressful?
What salary could someone expect to earn as an aircraft inspector?
Is there anything on your mind, that we haven't discussed, that you'd like to share with someone hoping to follow in your footsteps?
If you had a do-over, would you choose the same career path?