Western Michigan University
237 Helmer Road N
Battle Creek MI 49037-7917 USA
Austin graduated from Western Michigan University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance engineering technology. He had an internship in 1995 with United Airlines assisting aircraft maintenance management teams. Then went back to WMU’s aircraft maintenance department and worked for several years as a part-time aircraft technician and was hired full-time in Feb. 1997.
During 1999-2003, Austin was the lead aircraft maintenance technician for the college and then on to chief inspector and manager of logistics and compliance until Febuary of 2009. Presently, he is director of aircraft maintenance for the College of Aviation and WMU’s Part 145 repair station for limited instruments and radio, FAR part 91.411 and 91.413 recerts.
Austin currently holds an airframe and powerplant license with an Inspectors Authorization—IA. Other courses and schools he has attended would be Teledyne Continental Motors advanced technician training, Flight Safety’s Cessna Conquest I (C-425) maintenance training, Simcom’s Piper aircraft maintenance training and Pratt and Whitney’s small frame PT6 engine maintenance training. Also received certified training with Avidyne, S-Tec and L-3/Skywatch.