TEAMMATE SPOTLIGHT – NICK VAN SLYCK
AIRBORNE’s teammate spotlight features employees throughout the company. Every month, we’ll introduce you to a teammate that makes AIRBORNE possible.
Meet Nick Van Slyck…
What’s your role at AIRBORNE?
Production Control Coordinator
– Evaluate work packages, set flow requirements to help ensure on time delivery.
– Establish pre-draw and tools needed for each visit.
– Write, edit, and revise subject matter material in support of production and customer needs.
– Ensure all documents comply with customer requirements, AD, SB, and FAA/EASA regulations.
– Point of contact between production and customer regarding workscope additions/deletions, questions, concerns, and Budget.
How long have you worked at AIRBORNE?
6 yrs, 10 mo. Started as Avionics Tech Jan 2012, later that year was promoted to Lead. In 2015 transitioned to Production Supervisor. Recently started as a Production Control Coordinator with the Planning Dept.
What interested you / how did you get started in aviation?
I grew up around aviation, it kind of runs in the family in one way or another. A few years after high school I decided to join the Navy and the ASVAB placed me as an Aviation Electrician. The rest is history.
Do you remember your first flight?
I was about 5 yrs old, my Great-Uncle Ward Seeley flew down to Topeka, KS from Saginaw, MI and took the family out flying one afternoon. I vaguely remember, but it was a pretty cool moment in my life.
What’s your favorite vacation or travel spot?
Anywhere quiet, where very few other people are. I like spending time at the family farm in Missouri.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Power Replication – why choose one when you could have many?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What do you like to do outside of work?
– Tinker with old cars/trucks
– Spend time with my kids
What would you tell others interested in working at AIRBORNE; interested in aviation?
It’s not for everyone. Aviation, not just Airborne/Pemco, is a commitment. Every day of your life will challenge you in this field of work. Be prepared for things to go every way but your way and learn to adapt. There will be days you wonder why anyone would put themselves through this. In the end, when you watch what you and your team have accomplished fly away, it’s worth it. Hard work and the right attitude will lead you to success, doing the bare minimum will not.
What’s your favorite quote?
I don’t really have one, but if I had to choose-
“Some people see the glass as half full, others see it as half empty.I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.”–George Carlin.