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CAREER EVENTS

NATIONAL CAREER EVENT

L3 MAS will be attending the National Career Event Fair at the Montreal Palais des Congrès on October 24-25th. Come to visit us!

NATIONAL CAREER EVENT

L3 MAS will be attending the National Career Event Fair at the Montreal Palais des Congrès on October 24-25th. Come to visit us!

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PASSION AT THE HEART OF A JOURNEY

My career path

At 17, I enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces. Passionate about aviation, I followed a technical training in aeronautical metallurgy and then specialized in aeronautical welding, corrosion control and composite materials. After six years, I continued my civilian career as an aircraft repair and overhaul mechanic. Then, gradually, a new passion was added to my career path, namely teaching.

In 2002, I joined the École nationale d’aérotechnique to teach basic airframe training for military personnel, and welding and composites for structural engineers for five years. In 2007, I had the opportunity to combine my two passions; I joined the L3 MAS team as a technical training advisor on the F/A-18 fighter jet.


My main responsibilities

My role is to analyze the needs, to design, disseminate and evaluate the skills of the technicians working on the F/A-18, in relation to the different trades. I am also the person in charge for authorizing assignments for commercial and military projects. As a member of the L3 MAS review team, I am always on the lookout for changes in processes and technologies.

My motivation

I get my energy from my interactions with aircraft technicians and in the hangars, at the heart of the action. My daily challenge is to adapt my teaching approach to various learner profiles. My goal is to maintain the skill levels of the technicians by ensuring that they meet regulatory requirements at both the military and commercial levels. In class, failure does not exist, it is a learning process!

The past and today

As a child, I looked up to watch planes fly by, and I daydreamed. Today, I always look up to watch planes fly by, but I am also aware of the importance of the work done by various trades to ensure flight safety!

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MATHIEU GRATTON

STRUCTURAL ANALYST

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MY CAREER AS A STRUCTURAL ANALYST STARTED IN 1996, WITH THE AIRCRAFT STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY PROGRAM ON THE CF-18 PLATFORM.

For a new graduate, the type of assignments were fascinating. Our full-scale CF-18 test was in its prime and many structural modifications originated from our meticulous assessments. Early on, I got involved in many parallel product development projects, such as the CL-327 Unmanned Air Vehicle (affectionately known as the Flying Peanut) and the design and fabrication of external fuel tanks for the British Aerospace Hawk Jet trainer. I quickly gained exposure to fabrication issues, testing and in-service support. Over the past decade and a half, I’ve also been involved in mechanical systems design and analyses.  

On a personal level, my hobbies gravitate around aviation. As a pilot and amateur-built aircraft owner, builder and delegated inspector for Transport Canada, my passion for aviation is well nourished at L3 MAS. Seeing a design through fabrication and onto a flying vehicle is always the icing on the cake. Every work day includes a little learning and a little innovating. That keeps me coming back.

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