We recently spoke to Bilel Babay a B2 licenced engineer, we asked why he chose to join the aviation industry, what his schedule is like and and key tips for aspiring aviation professionals.
Why did you pursue a career in the aviation industry?
Since I was a child, I always thought that the aviation field was mysterious and not like other industries. I was always asking myself how these big metal birds fly in the sky.
What path you have taken to become a B2 licensed engineer?
After I graduated from Technology class in high school, I have decided to solve the mystery so I attended an aircraft maintenance course at university and I chose the avionics section. I found it in the combination of the most courses I like: electricity and computer sciences.
What is your schedule like as a B2 engineer?
It depends on whether I am working in Line or Base. Line maintenance requires working in rotary shifts (Morning, Afternoon, Night) to make sure teams fill the 24h of the day.
Base maintenance schedule is not special and can be performed in regular work hours, with some exceptions depending on work in demand.
Can you share what it costs financially?
I only paid for university fees, then the companies I worked for took charge of all additional training I had.
How do you manage your work / life balance as an engineer?
One of the good things of working as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer is no need to prepare or work at home, no remote work too.
What has been a highlight of your aviation career so far?
Getting my type qualification on Airbus A320, then obtaining my Aircraft Maintenance Licence.
What 3 tips would you give to an aspiring aviation engineer?
1) Hard work
2) Focus on every detail
3) Never let stress, control you