The Faces of PSA – Meet Julio Soza

Faces of PSA - JulioSozaName: Julio Soza

Title: Maintenance Supervisor

How long have you worked for PSA? It will be 10 years May 17th.

How long have you been in the airline industry? 16 years.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: As a Maintenance Supervisor, our priority is to make sure we deliver a safe and reliable aircraft to the public on time for departures. On the other hand, equally important is to lead a team of over 100 employees and make sure they are trained and have all the safety equipment to perform our nightly maintenance. We also help other departments coordinate aircraft and parts so we can be successful every night.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? One of the biggest challenges is training and mentoring all of the new employees.

How many roles have you had at PSA? Which is your favorite? I started as a Mechanic in 2007, moved up to a Lead Mechanic, and now I’m a Maintenance Supervisor. To be honest, I liked all the positions I have held, they all have their challenges and sometimes I find myself missing some of the aspects of other positions. There’s always something to learn when you go into a new position. When you grow with a company, you see some of the aspects of the company and see more of why things are done the way they are. (With each new role) I get to see the big picture and mentor. I’m aiming to finish up my bachelor’s degree.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Sicily.

What are some of your hobbies? Golfing, watching movies, volunteer work for my church.

What kind of volunteer work do you do? I help set up and take down the surround sound system for mass at my church. I also volunteer for church festivals and help organize retreats as far away as Atlanta.

What do you love about working for PSA? I enjoy the challenges and working with a diverse work force. I like to interact with all the different departments, specifically on daily schedules with planning and CRAs on the parts. Helping arrange non-destructive testing.

Why would you recommend PSA? I would recommend PSA because of its future growth and opportunity to advance.

What did you do before coming to PSA? I served six years in the Air Force working on C-130’s with multiple oversea deployments. The biggest difference is the electronics. The C-130s are simpler; CRJ has a lot more electronically involved.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: They say a mechanic is a “Jack of all trades, master of none,” I feel the same way about the supervisor roll.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Each day different challenges come along and you have to solve them in a timely manner. When the aircraft departs on time, this is the most rewarding for me.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I talk to my dog a lot as if he can understand me; he is my best friend after all.