As a Dedicated Crew Chief of the B-52H Bomber, I was directly responsible for the maintenance and repair of the aircraft at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA. Within 9 months of arriving on base, I completed my CDCs (Career Development Courses) and was promoted from a 3-Level to a fully qualified 5-Level (apprentice to journeyman). Once a 5-Level, I was put in charge of my own aircraft and responsible for training airmen working below me. As a Crew Chief, I has a strict set of technical data that had to be followed to the letter for every task and repair made on the aircraft. Every task required accurate documentation in the hard copy of aircraft specific forms as well as in CAMS (Computer Automated Maintenance System). In addition to simple and complex repairs I was required to service the aircraft with JP-8 fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid, nitrogen, and LOX (liquid oxygen). I performed daily pre/post flight inspections, ensuring the jet was safe for takeoff before flight, and promptly serviced after every landing. I assisted the pilots with engine startup as well as taxi out procedures. I was tow certified and was required to tow aircraft into hangers when required. I became very familiar with powered and non-powered AGE equipment, such as: power carts, nitrogen carts, LOX servicing carts, ect.
As an Assistant Manager, I was responsible for supervising and running shifts. I managed a team of drivers and was responsible for the preparation, cooking, and serving of food to customers in accordance with internal procedures as well as national and state food service regulations. At the end of each day I took an inventory, balanced the till, and tracked cash for deposits. After 2 months, I was promoted to acting General Manager and became fully responsible for the store as well as the hiring and training of employees. My added duties included the ordering of food from our distributor, writing weekly work schedules, balancing the cost of labor to ensure daily profit, and keeping orderly financial records.
At LifeCell, I am responsible for the completion of all scheduled preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs on equipment that aids in the processing and packaging of human and porcine skin tissue. I repair and maintain a variety of equipment, including: Tissue splitters, blade grinders, heat sealers, Virtis freeze driers, -80 C freezers, walk-in refrigerators, Incubators, aspiration systems, Girton washers, Getinge autoclaves, Reverse Osmosis water systems, a variety of medical presses, DECS units, Gerber cutting tables, and more. After each and every task performed, I enter a detailed record of all maintenance activity into our online maintenance documentation system (BM RAM). I am currently the SME (Subject Matter Expert) on the tissue splitter, blade grinder, Gerber table, Heat sealers, and aspiration systems; with the tissue splitter and blade grinder as my specialties. I constantly refer to blueprints, wiring schematics, repair manuals, and parts catalogs to diagnose and repair equipment. As SME on the tissue splitter, it is my responsibility to perform routine inventories and ensure we have a sufficient amount of parts in stock. I also carry the on-call phone which is linked to the REES monitoring system, which monitors all equipment that contains millions of dollars worth of product. If temperatures are out of spec, the system dials out to the phone, and I respond to the alarm ASAP.
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