Award-Winning Alumnus’s recent Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine issue highlighted those who constantly showcase their passion for aviation by excelling in their work to keep our skies safe. These aviation maintenance technician (AMT) professionals are awarded for their leadership, professionalism, and achievements in their roles.

Each year, Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine recognizes 40 young professionals in the AMT industry. Among those in their 40 Under 40 AMT Magazine Professionals Award recipients is a National Aviation Academy alumnus!

A Mechanic’s Dream

Joshua Harrison wanted to become a mechanic from a very young age. In fact, his father was a truck mechanic in the Army Reserve and the Air National Guard! After attending the Boy Scout National Jamboree in 2005, he met some Army helicopter mechanics, and from then on knew he was destined to become a helicopter mechanic.

After joining the United States Army, Harrison began his aviation journey while working as a 15T, UH-60 Blackhawk general maintainer.

After his time serving in the Army and deciding to continue to pursue his aviation dreams, Joshua attended National Aviation Academy’s New England campus to earn his Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) licenses!

Textron Aviation Technician

Upon becoming an NAA alumnus, Harrison landed a spot with Textron Aviation service center in New York as an aircraft maintenance technician! In his four-year tenure with the company, he has progressed to grade 3 technician and is up for a promotion for a grade 1 lead position!

Joe Sack, inspector at Textron Aviation, is the person who nominated Joshua. Sack complimented Joshua’s persistence with referring to manuals and commitment to carrying out tasks in a professional manner. Harrison’s end goal? To become a lead technician at the same Textron Aviation service center in New York that he started with years ago.

We are so proud to call Joshua Harrison a NAA alumnus. His work ethic and drive for performing quality work are what we hope to instill in every National Aviation Academy graduate. We wish Joshua all the success in his future aviation maintenance dreams!

Joshua is reaching for his dreams, and you could, too! If you’d like more information about training as an aviation maintenance technician, please fill out the form below!