The Faces of PSA – Meet Kris Oberjohn

Kris OberjohnName: Kris Oberjohn

Title: Stores Clerk, CAK (Canton-Akron)

How long have you worked for PSA? Since Feb. 25, 2000.

How long have you been in the airline industry? February, 2000.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: Work day shift in the Stores Department doing shipping and receiving of repaired parts and other parts to help keep the planes flying. Occasionally, getting parts for mechanics when there is a plane in the hangar. And last, but not least, sending comat (company material) to the other bases to help fill their parts needed for nightly maintenance.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Receiving in Assemblies (APU’s, Landing Gears, etc). I have to make sure that all the children are on the parent and are correct, along with clearing times on them and if they are a life-limited part where they would have to come off for possible recertification or just replaced with a new part.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? So far, Germany.

What are some of your hobbies? Riding my bicycle on some of the trails near where I live, skiing, when my knees can handle it, and listening to various kinds of music.

What do you love about working for PSA? Seeing the planes when they’re getting worked on. I think it is interesting watching the mechanics working on something like the engine and figuring out the problem and fixing it.

Why would you recommend PSA? The experience of working for an airline has given me a “behind-the-scenes” view of what goes on with an airline that I never thought of before.

What did you do before becoming a Stores Clerk in Akron? One of the jobs I did that I enjoyed before PSA is working for The Longaberger Company in nearby Hartville, Ohio.  I was a lathe operator. I was also an over the road truck driver and worked for a local refuse company.

Are you from Ohio? Yes. I am from a small town 20 miles east of Akron called Alliance.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years, what kind of job? I hope to still be with PSA, maybe in a different position.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? The travel.

What have you learned about aviation that people outside the aviation industry don’t know? For me, I never thought of what went on “behind the scenes” at an airport or for an airline. There were more things going on than I realized. It was something I never thought about and I’m sure there are other things that I don’t know about.