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ACís youngest Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME); A true example of perseverance

ACís youngest Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME); A true example of perseverance

Old Jan 5, 21, 12:57 pm
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ACís youngest Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME); A true example of perseverance

An interesting read I thought worth sharing.

https://skiesmag.com/news/air-canada...-perseverance/

When Sidhant Sharma first started along his path in aviation, he never imagined he would earn the title of Air Canadaís, and possibly the worldís, youngest Boeing 787 engineer. Sharma has been around aviation his whole life ó from being in Air Cadets from a young age, to his father being a loadmaster for Japan Airlines, and his brother becoming an Airbus A320 first officer ó but he was especially drawn to the often-overshadowed maintenance side of the industry.

ďI did find the technical aspect of [aviation] pretty interesting,Ē said Sharma, ďbecause you have to take such a methodical approach in order to resolve an issue within an airplane. Itís just the kind of person that I am, as well.Ē
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Old Jan 5, 21, 1:20 pm
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Nice story. Thanks for sharing.
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Old Jan 5, 21, 7:05 pm
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Great achievement for sure.

Are they required to have their P.Eng.? Doesnít seem so by the article.
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Old Jan 5, 21, 7:18 pm
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Great achievement for sure.

Are they required to have their P.Eng.? Doesn’t seem so by the article.
No. IIRC, most AMEs complete a two-year community college course and then get further aircraft- or specialization-specific training from their employer or manufacturer. It's a gig I looked at briefly in another life and quickly realized it was beyond my extremely limited technical ability.
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Old Jan 5, 21, 7:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Prestige View Post
Great achievement for sure.

Are they required to have their P.Eng.? Doesn’t seem so by the article.
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No. IIRC, most AMEs complete a two-year community college course and then get further aircraft- or specialization-specific training from their employer or manufacturer. It's a gig I looked at briefly in another life and quickly realized it was beyond my extremely limited technical ability.
No need for P.Eng. since they're federally licensed, if that's what you were wondering.

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Old Jan 5, 21, 10:24 pm
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I'm surprised their allowed to use the title "engineer" then.
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Old Jan 5, 21, 11:03 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
I'm surprised their allowed to use the title "engineer" then.
It's complicated, but generally legal use of "engineer", with or without the "professional" prefix varies by province.

I'm not a constitutional scholar, but I believe that the Feds own Aeronautical stuff. Much past that and you start getting into the wonderfully arcane BNA Act of 1867.

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Old Jan 6, 21, 1:06 am
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I'm surprised their allowed to use the title "engineer" then.
There are exceptions, ie: Flight engineer, sound engineer etc.
AMEs are apparently one of the exceptions too.
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In many places in the world it is called mechanic or technician but I guess that is like Software Engineer, Solutions Engineer and the latest I've heard Business Engineer. But in reality this comes more from Locomotive Engineer or even Flight Engineer.
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Old Jan 8, 21, 5:42 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
I'm surprised their allowed to use the title "engineer" then.
my point exactly. It’s been a debate with provincial associations and īorders’.
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Aviation is Federally regulated and those Federal Regulations are derived from ICAO requirements.

Canada specifics:
https://tc.canada.ca/en/aviation/lic...-engineers-ame

Get a copy of ICAO Annex 1 and read Chapter 4.

The U.S.A is one of the extreme few member states that does not use the word "engineer" for its licensed aircraft maintenance personnel.
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Old Jan 9, 21, 3:42 am
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Originally Posted by jaysona View Post


Aviation is Federally regulated and those Federal Regulations are derived from ICAO requirements.

Canada specifics:
https://tc.canada.ca/en/aviation/lic...-engineers-ame

Get a copy of ICAO Annex 1 and read Chapter 4.

The U.S.A is one of the extreme few member states that does not use the word "engineer" for its licensed aircraft maintenance personnel.
Not sure what the eyeroll is for as people are merely pointing out that the definition of engineer in aviation is quite different than in other industries in Canada. AMEs are not the only example of this. It's the same in railways, the military and some legacy professions that are regulated provincially like stationary engineers (variously called operating or power engineers in different provinces).

It's not merely a question of parallel regulatory regimes - unlike some employees of the federal government who do engineering work that would plainly require a PEng if done in an area of provincial jurisdiction, AME is also a unique profession from the ones regulated by provincial engineering associations.

Congratulations to Mr. Sharma for his achievements. Interesting that he worked as ramp crew for 8P while putting himself through school at BCIT and later in maintenance after graduating. It demonstrates how important smaller airlines are for giving people a place to get started in the aviation industry.
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This reminds m of the battles I saw at my University between the Computer Science department and the Faculty of Engineering as to who should be able to offer a program in Software Engineering.
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Old Jan 9, 21, 8:36 am
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This reminds m of the battles I saw at my University between the Computer Science department and the Faculty of Engineering as to who should be able to offer a program in Software Engineering.
It's all academic.
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Old Jan 9, 21, 11:47 am
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This reminds m of the battles I saw at my University between the Computer Science department and the Faculty of Engineering as to who should be able to offer a program in Software Engineering.
I was smack in the middle of that when, years ago, me and my EE study group attempted a build-your-own degree in Computer Engineering. Two Deans from two colleges who wouldn't even talk to each other in the same room. An education in petty campus dťtente.
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