'I work in Aviation and I live my dream': Isaak's journey from apprentice to aircraft technician 

Isaak joined BAE Systems as an apprentice at the Williamtown RAAF base in 2007, however, his journey into the aviation industry started long before that. Today, he is an aircraft technician on the Hawk LIF platform and says he is living his dream.


Ever since Isaak was a child, he had a fascination with aeroplanes and over time developed an interest into working up close with the aircraft.
 
“My father loved aeroplanes, loved flying and loved going on holidays. And so I developed my own fascination. I wanted to work with aeroplanes and be a part of the greater aviation picture,” says Isaak.
 
For someone who grew up in Newcastle, like Isaak, and has a passion for aviation, coming to work at the local RAAF base in Williamtown seemed like a logical choice.

"The most exciting part for me is when we put it back together"


“There are jets flying all the time. It’s loud at times, but it’s exciting because what we do in the workplace transforms into exactly what we see outside on the runway, during taking off, during the missions and returns.”
 

Isaak

Now an aircraft technician, Isaak attained his childhood dream of a hands-on role up-close to the airfield:
 
“I am working on the wings of the aeroplanes, performing some modifications on it. The most exciting part for me is when we put it back together and we see it back in the airframe, knowing that we have done a good job.”
 
The maintenance of the RAAF aircraft is key to continue safe flight training.
 
Once the extra safety measures underpinned by the COVID-19 outbreak were put in place, the technicians, who are a crucial part of the hangar workplace environment, had to readjust.
 
“Our team of aircraft technicians is working in split shifts now – some are on the night shift, some are on the day shift. Social distancing rules and rigorous hygiene practices are applied.”
 
However, an aircraft maintenance can often only be done with two pairs of hands. Isaak explains that when working together, he and his colleagues wear face protection.
 
Changing work habits and routines often comes with stress, but Isaak sees it as a window of opportunity.
 
“It’s an unusual time and we have to do the same tasks differently, but it allows us to look for different avenues and find new ways of doing things.”
 
Just as the roars of the jets are heard around the region, the influence of the Williamtown base has spread widely into the local community. High school students come to visit the base and Isaak puts on his tour guide hat and shares his passion with the young people:

“I explain how the wing works, what it’s made of and all the functionality. It’s very interesting and interactive for them and I think the kids get a lot out of it.

When they and their parents see it all live, they understand the significance of aviation and, importantly, the opportunities it can provide for the next generations.”
top BAE Systems logo
BAE Systems Australia 27 May 2020