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JMC Aviation North America Contractor Q&A – A. Ssali

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  • Tell us about your career so far.

I started my career as a student / industrial engineer in a textile factory in Nytil Uganda which started in 1954. I started as trainee while finishing my studies at Kyambogo University. I graduated in 2008, left my home country in 2009 for greener pastures and travelled to South Africa. I managed to land my first job by chance as a supervisor for Aircraft Interior Technicians at SAFOMAR. It was very challenging because it was my first time working on an aircraft, but when you believe in yourself, you can overcome any challenge. I moved to Dubai after my 4 years in South Africa and joined Eirtech Aviation for 7 months and later came to Canada in 2014, joined MHIC in January 2015 and left in December 2015. Then I joined Cyclone MFG in 2018 and left in 2020, to join Aerotek but later transferred to My Atg/Triumph Group for the Bombardier Global 7500 project until COVID 19. I used the break of COVID 19 to return back to school to work on my master’s degree, whilst looking for other opportunities. In March 2023, I got a call about an opportunity at JMC Aviation as an inspector in fuel tanks and I am still here now.

  • What attracted you to aviation as an industry?

I was attracted to the aviation industry because it requires continuous learning, training, and skill development, enabling individuals to expand their knowledge, enhance their expertise, and stay updated with industry advancements.

  • What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your career so far?

My biggest challenge was my first day working in fuel tanks, and that was during my time at MHIC, but again as I said, when you believe in yourself, you can overcome any challenges.

  • How has JMC Aviation supported you in your aviation career?

JMC Aviation believed in me in every aspect, I am paid well and on time. I have gained more experience, which has improved my managerial and organisational skills. JMC Aviation gave me enough flexibility to finish my master’s in engineering and they also supported me financially by providing me with enough work to support my family and I.

  • What advice would you give to someone considering a career in aviation?

Aviation is a global industry, providing opportunities for employment in various countries around the world. This allows professionals to explore diverse cultures, work in different settings, and broaden their professional horizons. Although you have to be highly skilled and ready for many challenges.

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