ValKiran.mtc Posted February 9, 2007 Report Share Posted February 9, 2007 I started my apprenticeship in Lights: astars and 206's. I finished my apprenticeship working on mediums and worked another year as an un-endorsed engineer in the hangar. I got frusterated at the unendorsed part; so I bought myself an Astar course-The DOM kept telling me that I had to go back to Lights before I'd be allowed on mediums. Someone higher up didn't like that at all. That person helped me get into a 212 course that I paid for myself as well; and supposedly, I had the chance to go out on the medium if I would have stayed on a little longer. I got impatient and de-mystified with all the dithering that I was seeing over the following months.. one person was saying yes, and soon; and another person was coming up with reasons why it couldn't be done..so I chose to leave. I went back to lights for the summer; and had a blast. My type courses still haven't meant jack to anyone but me; as I ended up working on 206's this summer-but I'm glad I have them. I've had the oppurtunity to work on 212's this winter; and the type course still didn't do sweet f*** all because I didn't have the experience to back it up. sucks in the biggest way and I hated it as I still find myself playing the apprentice. But I can't fault anyone but myself for it. I can't make experience out of thin air. I don't see any reason why someone couldn't go into mediums straight out of the gate. It would take a tolerant company and a lot more prep for the junior engineer-which is where most companies balk. When I looked at going out on a medium to going out on a light; I found that I might be able to handle the daily events; maybe even do rather well; but I wouldn't have the previous experience to deal with the pressures that is present on the bigger machines. Bigger machines come with bigger personalities and I've found that for some types, it doens't matter what information you have behind what you are trying to say-the fact that you haven't been there and done that gives them all the reason to ignore it. I'm the type of person that will capitulate to another engineer that has more experience; unless i feel I have the experience behind me to go 'toe to toe' with them and get things done my way; or get my opinioin heard. And going back to lights seems to be the way to go to do that. If I would have gone out on a medium I might not have had the backbone that is required to make me stand on my own to make my point clear. I may have found myself in over my head as the snags started to pile up and I would be scrambling to sort them all out. I just spend my days hoping I can get back in to mediums; because they still get to me more than any light ever did. One day......... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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