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Vandermaelen - Technical Instructor - Branford, CT, USA

Mike Vandermaelen

Branford, CT, USA


Technical Instructor

Work History

Senior Product & Process Analyst; Dynamic Components Group

Sikorsky Aircraft

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Senior Product & Process Analyst UH-60M assembly

Sikorsky Aircraft

Quality Engineering duties for the rotor head and transmission assembly, engine assembly and precision hydraulic assembly departments. Duties included the defining of root causes, implementing corrective and or mistake proof actions for all quality issues or concerns. Interfacing with a large number of inside plant departments as well as many suppliers for the dynamic components group. The addressing of quality issues from commercial operators as well as military throughout the world. The assurance of completed and accurate First Article Inspections (FAI's) as well as addressing engineering concerns with vendor processes and testing. Assembly line functions included the identification of airframe tooling and component installation issues. The identification of flight safety concerns as well as the writing of and the implementation if re-inspects or product safety alerts. In addition, Subject matter expert (SME) for UH-60M Blackhawk/Seahawk implementing a well-received three day introduction to Blackhawk course as well as courses in aircraft processes, basic hydraulics, aircraft rigging and aircraft hardware.

K Force Contractor

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Senior Technical Instructor
Senior Mechanical Instructor responsible for the writing and the subsequent teaching of various aircraft mechanical and difference data courses for the U.S Navy and U.S. Army UH-60M model aircraft. Travel to various military locations both domestic and foreign teaching aircraft specific difference data courses to both military and civilian technicians as well as helicopter rigging, hydraulics to drive train familiarization and repair.

Helicopter Mechanic S 76B

U.S. Helicopter

Helicopter mechanic for New York city helicopter shuttle service operation based in Stratford, CT. responsible for the maintenance of two S-76B type aircraft. Maintenance included all routine as well as non-routine aircraft maintenance and repairs.

Helicopter Mechanic UH-60A/L

1107 AVCRAD National Guard aircraft repair depot

Helicopter mechanic for the U.S Army National Guard aircraft depot repair facility. In addition to major phase type inspections and routine flight line maintenance, the complete disassembly, inspection and servicing of Sikorsky & Bell aircraft assemblies and sub-assemblies to a very demanding schedule.

Engineering Technician /Draftsman

Ozone Industries

The assembly and testing of complex aircraft hydraulic components for a wide array of aircraft manufactuerers. In addition to assembly and test requirements: the maintenance, fabrication and repair of several high pressure hydraulic pumps, test stands and equipment. Drafting duties utilizing AutoCad included two dimensional assembly and sub assembly prints.

Ground Test Engineering Technician

Sikorsky Aircraft

Hydraulic Engineering technician for the Ground test engineering departments. Responsibilities included the fabrication and design of high pressure hydraulic test stands and fixtures. The operation of main and tail rotor test stands and equipment. The conducting of a wide array of tests on helicopter components and assemblies utilizing various data acquisition devices. The modification and subsequent testing of aircraft hydraulic components and assemblies to a very demanding schedule.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Dynamic Component Inspector

Inspector for the transmission and rotor head assembly group. Inspection of various rotor head and transmission assemblies and sub-assemblies. Inspection lead for component overhaul team that traveled both domestically and internationally moodifying US Army and Navy aircraft

Helicopter Component Overhaul Technician

Helicopter Support International

Helicopter dynamic component overhaul technician. Responsible for the disassembly, modification, repair and reassembly of helicopter transmissions, rotor heads and hydraulic components

Qualifications & Certifications

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Aviation Maintenance technology

HH Ellis technical School

Mechanical Drafting and Design

Porter & Chester Institute

University of New Haven

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