When you buy a new machine, it’s a new job, says plane mechanic
A new machine is a new one, and for many, that means a new set of responsibilities.
But for the airman who used to spend all his time with the same old machines, that new job isn’t a big deal.
It’s all new to him, and he’s looking forward to it.
“That’s a lot of pressure to put on me, I’m not going to lie, but it’s going to be great,” said the former pilot, who requested anonymity because he is still on active duty.
The job of an airman with a mechanical keyboard is a challenging one, he said.
There’s no time to rest, and you have to constantly learn new skills.
“I get to do all the things I never did before,” he said, noting that some of the new tasks are more difficult than others.
“I’ve got to learn how to do the whole thing.”
And he’ll have to learn it while he’s in the field, as well.
He’ll have more than 40 new mechanical keyboards to learn.
“This is a very different job than a mechanic,” said Tom Vincenzi, a former maintenance technician who retired in 2015.
“It’s a very, very demanding job.”
Vincenzis career ended when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.
And after years of trying to put the cancer behind him, he decided to go back to work as an aircraft mechanic.
“My wife passed away and we had to start over,” he told Fox News.
“So I thought it was time for me to get back into the business and get a new career.”
Now, he’s doing that with his new machine.
It costs him more than $150,000.
But he’s not just making ends meet.
He has to keep his wife healthy and happy, as he’ll be working on her for about six months before she needs any more medical care.
“It’s not something I could have done without her,” he explained.
“She’s always been my rock.
She’s always kept me grounded, and I know that’s important to me, and it’s important for her.”
As a mechanical engineer, Vincensi has to deal with an array of different parts, including computers and electronic components, which he says can be tricky to deal.
He said he doesn’t have a good explanation for why he needs to take on all these tasks.
“To put it simply, they’re just too much,” he admitted.
And I’m hoping that people will come around to it.””
But I think I’m going to do a pretty good job.
And I’m hoping that people will come around to it.”