PEMCO’s teammate spotlight features employees throughout the company. Every month, we’ll introduce you to a teammate that makes PEMCO possible.
Meet Vishal Rawana…
What’s your role at PEMCO? How long have you worked at PEMCO?
I’m a production supervisor. Basically my job is to go over flow, make sure we’re hitting tasks at the right time and nothing’s missed, schedule parts, and whatever else comes up during check. At the end of the day, we’re here to meet the deadline.
I’ve been at PEMCO since 2013. I started as a mechanic, and then became a lead, and I’m now a supervisor.
What did you do before PEMCO? How did you get started in aviation?
Before PEMCO I was contracting for airlines and worked on regional and heavy jets.
I’ve always been mechanically inclined. I love tearing things down and putting it back together. Since high school, I was always into cars, but I wanted to take it to another level. Since I was young, I wanted to be an aircraft mechanic. It’s a much bigger scale than cars and that’s what led me here.
Do you remember your first flight?
I can’t remember my first flight, but the first flight I remember was to South America. I was very young, probably eight or nine, and the flight was nothing like it is today. It was a lot less regulated. It seemed like a free for all.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I wish I could change people’s mindset. I’d just like to show people that there’s more than one way to do something.
“Vishal has exceeded expectations in several ways. He’s become a “go-to” source for information and an advocate for Lean and continuous improvement. Vishal is very engaged and proactive, and his attention to detail has reduced turnaround times and increased profits. He is a very valuable asset to PEMCO and deserves to be recognized for his actions, attitude, and contributions.”
– Richard Castillo, Program Manager
What do you like to do outside of work?
I’m a big family man. I spent a lot of years working on cars and doing what I want, but now I’m focused on my family. If I’m not at work, I’m hanging out with my kids … watching movies, going places, or doing homework.
What does Lean mean to you?
Lean has been great for our company. I’ve seen a huge turnaround since I started. Lean allows us to accomplish much more in the time that we’re here and keeps us organized.
It also helps the new mechanics coming on board familiarize themselves with our processes quicker and, in return, gives us more production. Lean leaves less room for error and helps us maximize production.
What would you tell others interested in working at PEMCO or in the aviation industry?
I came in contracting to try it out and it allowed me to move back to Tampa. I like that there’s so many variations of work we do here: heavy checks, modifications, interior refreshes, structures, line maintenance, and the list goes on. In the first few months I was here, I worked on a number of different projects, and I think having the opportunity to work on a number of different areas is a plus for everyone.
PEMCO is a great place to get accustomed to various aspects of the industry. It gives you a chance to figure out what path you’d like to take.
What’s your favorite quote?
You get what you give. I think that works anywhere you go.