Miguel Cruz has been with AAR since 2014. He started as a support technician with little experience in aircraft maintenance, but quickly rose through the ranks.

“I worked my way up from support tech, utility, someone who doesn’t know the front of the plane, and to managing a line with over 50-80 people, multiple planes and types,” he said. “As far as heavy maintenance, I’ve done everything from small to removing an entire vertical from an aircraft or modifying an entire pylon and I’ve been very exposed to heavy maintenance , heavy, heavy on any type – 737, 747, 733, 757, 767, even we were lucky enough to work with Maxs recently,” he said.

Cruz was introduced to the AAR through his involvement with Civil Air Patrol as a cadet. He visited the site in support of an aviation event for youth recruiting for the Civil Air Patrol. Seeing the type and amount of work done up close and personal intrigued Cruz. He called a few weeks later to inquire about a job while completing an internship with American Airlines.

“I spent almost a month doing heavy maintenance with them, then line maintenance as well. So it got me more and more interested, and that’s how I ended up doing what I do,” he said.

One of the things Cruz says he enjoys being a part of the industry is how he thinks it’s about to grow and become more and more important to people.

“I think it’s one of those things that develops quickly, and it’s evolved so much from the beginning. It’s something that I think has a future that will never end. He’s not going to stay there. It’s going to evolve more and more and more, and it’s going to get to the point that we’re going to depend on it more than cars or anything else. He’s going to control the next generation for the next hundred years or something. It’s amazing that you’re part of something like this,” he said.