Job role: Calibration Engineer Trainee
The 2Excel Engineering Calibration Back Shop is integral to supporting the engineers working on the hangar floor to ultimately ensure aircraft is released to customers on time.
The Calibration team enables the engineers to have access to equipment and tools needed to complete repair and maintenance tasks. Crucially, the team oversees that this equipment is performing to the highest standard and reads the correct measurements to ensure that the engineers can do their job accurately.
We caught up with Calibration Engineer Trainee, Ryan Langley, about his role and the department:
‘I joined 2Excel in November 2017, but I started with Calibration at the end of March this year. Recently, I’ve been busy with lifting and GSE (Ground Safety Equipment) inspections as well as Aircraft Jacks. Due to COVID-19, I’ve also been doing some online training, but I’m looking forward to attending training courses when permitted. I enjoy learning on the job and I’m enjoying my role so far but there’s a lot to learn. I have great support from the Avionics team, and our COO Matt Caswell.
‘Calibration, in our line of work, means measurement. For example, you have to make sure that the torque wrenches are reading exactly the same as what they are expected to be, gauges need to be incredibly accurate and we make sure they are not reading anything different to what they should be. As part of my role, I will check our equipment is reading correctly because for example, if someone over-tightens a bolt on an aircraft this could cause damage later on.
‘It’s only when we’re 100% satisfied with the tool that we will release it to the engineers. If a tool isn’t reading correctly, then it will be either fixed on site, sent off for repair or replaced by a new tool.’
The department is kept busy as an abundance of engineers will be in and out every day, therefore the Calibration team ensures that the tooling is prepped and ready to go, quickly and safely.
‘My day can be a mix of tasks. Most recently, I’ve been calibrating our crimp tools which is what the Avionics guys use for wiring modifications or loom manufacture. My job is to make sure that they’re performing as they should be. Given the different types of aircraft that we work on, the equipment is diverse and there’s lot of it. The process has to be meticulous.’’
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