Leanne McComb, 2Excel Engineering Production Planner
“I joined the RAF when I turned 17 years old and worked on ground radar equipment as an electronics technician for the four years which followed. I was drawn to the RAF as a career choice as I liked the idea of leaving Newcastle to do something different. I was studying A levels and found it quite boring. I discovered I could in fact learn a new career whilst getting paid and also develop skills you can’t achieve anywhere else. I would say my qualifications are the least important thing that I took from my time in the RAF and the life skills developed have served a far greater purpose.
“I left the service in 2005 after having my first child. As the end of my maternity leave approached, I started to look for a move back into aviation. That next opportunity was with JetCare joining the engine gas path analysis team. Gas Path Analysis is a tool used for engine performance monitoring and targets the detection of engine core deterioration. We were able to identify potential engine performance issues by comparing trend data against in-house engine models. This was then reported back to the customer which enabled them to act which could reduce maintenance costs and stay operational
“My next move was into helicopters. I started with Cobham helicopter services in July 2017 in the tech records department. I enjoyed the insight into the tech records role this job offered me. The company worked closely with the RAF at Shawbury and looked after the training helicopters they used. Working with a small focused team provided opportunities to see most parts of the business.
“I was made aware of 2Excel through my current line manager who contacted me about a role he thought I would be interested in. In October 2018 I made the move to 2Excel as the team’s Production Planner – a role which I was excited by, and I haven’t looked back. Teamwork and the people here is what I enjoy the most about coming into work each day.
“My main role is to prepare and administer the ‘Work Packs’ for each Aircraft Input, depending on the job requirements at the time. This can be a very busy role as we offer flexibility with our customers, and sometimes, aircraft will come in with limited notice; but I enjoy the challenge.
“Day-to-day, I provide support to the check manager to ensure the aircraft check progresses effectively – which ultimately means to budget and timescales.
“Just recently, I joined the Check Management Unit. My role largely remains the same, but the work processes as more streamlined. In February, I completed my first planned aircraft input on G-POWS which was delivered on time and on budget and gained some great feedback from our customer, Titan Airways.
“To be asked to feature in a company video was a great opportunity for me talk about the great work the company does and I’m always keen to talk about the different careers available in aviation.
“When time permits, outside of work I enjoy playing netball and I currently play for RAF Odiham netball team in a local Basingstoke league.”