Licensed to Learn

I’m so happy with my job that it doesn’t even feel like work.
Kathryn Lapp
Hagerstown Campus, MD

Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)

MHIRJ Aviation, Avionics Technician

After working as an engine mechanic for Cobra and Iroquois (“Huey”) helicopters during her enlistment with the U.S. Marines, Kathryn Lapp fell in love with aviation and decided to pursue it as a post-military career. She graduated from PIA Hagerstown in 2021 and took her new A&P license north to MHI RJ Aviation in West Virginia, a company formed from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ acquisition of the CRJ Series program from Bombardier.

Given her long-term goal of becoming an engineer, Lapp says her current role as an avionics technician is ideal because it provides her with fresh opportunities to discover something new each day: “An A&P license is a license to learn, and there is no limit on learning in this field. I want to learn as much as I can. There is so much to do, so many places to go, and so much room for advancement that becoming an AMT was definitely well worth it. I’m so happy with my job that it doesn’t even feel like work.”

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