PEMCO’s teammate spotlight features employees throughout the company. Every month, we’ll introduce you to a teammate that makes PEMCO possible.
Meet Kevin Fadely…
What’s your role at PEMCO? How long have you worked at PEMCO?
My current role is interior lead for a major US airline. In the past, I’ve worked in the machine shop, and I currently spend a lot of time on Lean. Basically “Leaning” bays, finding processes that may be faster or more efficient, looking for flaws in a process and making it to where the average employee has a simpler method to accomplish his/her task (or group task).
I’ve also been part of larger projects such as reconfiguring space in our T2 hangar for a large program. We went from being able to fit four planes in the hangar to six by better utilizing the space and removing “waste.”
Of the three years I’ve been here, I’ve spent almost half of it on Lean.
What did you do before PEMCO? How did you get started in aviation?
It’s a long list. I started as a landscaper, then worked with special needs adults through therapeutic horseback riding, custom-built and fabricated trailers, water tanks and underground utilities, and ran bulldozers and heavy machinery for land developers. And the list goes on.
This is my first job in aviation. I’ve always had a passion for it. When it came down to deciding on a future and what I’d like to do for the long term, I chose aviation. I got my A&P certificate at NAA.
I owned a small business at the airport “throwing bags” and applied for a job at PEMCO seven times before I was finally hired. I’m interested in getting my pilot’s license, so if I’m ever lucky enough to own a plane, I’ll be able to maintain it myself.
“This man is possibly the most consistently hard working individual on the floor. He is nonstop at his tasks, very approachable and works well with all those who are performing their jobs around him. He fully understands we all need to work in unison to achieve our goal.”
– Chris Zielenbach, Manager of Quality Control
Do you remember your first flight?
I was five years old, flying from Tampa to Chicago to visit my grandparents. It was back when they’d let you go in the cockpit.
What’s your favorite vacation spot?
I would have to say the Dry Tortugas. It’s about 60 miles west of Key West; an old war fort in the Gulf of Mexico. You can only get there by boat or plane. I’ve been there five times. It’s very peaceful and the snorkeling is amazing. It’s probably one of the best places I’ve been to see marine life.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To cut metal without the need for tools … or X-ray vision.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut. I had a lot of family that worked for the space program and I always thought that’d be cool. This is a close second though.
“Kevin puts 100% into everything he does. We have asked Kevin to do everything from sweeping the floor to leading a team painting the parking lot to leading a team working on aircraft in our hangars, and he approaches each of these assignments with the same pride and determination to be successful. Kevin is a true ‘owner of the business,’ which is exactly what we are looking for in our future leaders.”
– Ben Macre, Director of Continuous Improvement
What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to work on cars and trucks, but the thing I like to do most is water skiing and wake boarding. I grew up skiing with a group of friends, one who is now my fiancé.
What would you tell others interested in working at PEMCO; interested in aviation?
I grew up in the area and knew a lot of people from school who came to work here. I tried and tried and tried, and I guess the waiting list was long…
I’d tell others not to get discouraged. If you have a good head on your shoulders, you’ll have no problem. Aviation has its ups and downs, and you’ll need to learn to cope with both. Sometimes you’ll have to put in a lot of hours, but it’s worth it in the long run.
We are the ones, who keep the wheels turning. Remember that without us, there would be no commercial air flights.
What’s your favorite quote?
I don’t have one really. I guess I’d have to say what rolls around in my head everyday as I get to work: Give 110% and, eventually, it’ll come back to you.