Aeronautical Technology Faculty
I have been an instructor at South since April 2012. I am a proud graduate of South's aviation program which led the way to make my aviation career lot more exciting. After earning the A&P license & AAST, apart from being an Aircraft Mechanic I continued my education completing my Bachelor's at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
David has been teaching at South since 2009. He discovered his interest in fixing aircraft when he was studying to be a pilot. Along with being a certified A&P mechanic, he brings with him knowledge and experience from a diverse background. David has studied and graduated with degrees in Construction Management and Business Administration.
Jim earned his AAS in Aviation Maintenance Technology at South in 1983. He then spent 27 years as a mechanic for United Airlines, the last 11 of which he led a crew of mechanics in the repair and maintenance of heavy aircraft. In spring quarter 2012, the day after Jim retired, he began teaching in our AMT program. Jim is also the faculty advisor for the college's Aviation Club.
Frank Daehne has 35 years of experience as an A&P mechanic working on 20 different aircraft. He has been teaching at South Seattle College since 2005 and tenured in 2009. Frank has also been a FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner since 2011.
I earned my BBA in business management from Wisconsin State U. in 1971, and my A&P license from Colorado Aero-Tech in 1985. Since then through 2013 I have worked continually as an A&P mechanic, holding various positions in general aviation and Part 135 passenger and cargo operations, including Inspection Authorization, lead mechanic, shift supervisor, Chief inspector, and Director of Maintenance. Aircraft maintenance has been interesting, challenging, and profitable to me, and at this time I am happy to be able to use my years of diverse experiences to help train the next generation of aircraft maintenance technicians.
Eric has been an AMT Instructor at SSC since 2002. He is a graduate of Northrop Institute of Technology who spent most of his working career with Western Airlines and Delta Airlines. He started out as an A&P mechanic in 1966 in Los Angeles. In 1970, he transferred to San Francisco and was promoted to Lead Mechanic and then Foreman in charge of both heavy maintenance and line maintenance. Before retiring in Seattle, he was also based in Honolulu and San Antonio, Texas. Eric worked through the transition era when airlines converted from propeller aircraft to "jets". He was Avionics, Auto-land, ETOPS, and Taxi qualified on most Douglas, Boeing, and Lockheed airliners. Eric is also a pilot and has an Advanced Amateur Radio License. His hobbies have been owning and restoring classic aircraft, aviation history, sailing, and motorcycling.
It is an honor to be here to help the future of our Aviation Maintainers to establish a firm foundation in launching their career choice. I once made that choice about 33 years ago, not knowing where it would take me. I began by serving in the US Army, then on to maintaining helicopters at Ft Rucker, Alabama with industry leaders such as Sikorsky, DynCorp, and L-3, I grew to love each day looking forward to the new maintenance challenges brought my way. I then went to work for the Department of the Army as a civilian helping provide government oversight for a 145 repair station. Landing here with SSC is an amazing and humbling experience. I look forward to blending my experiences with the FAA requirements to present to the students a strong foundation for their learning experience.
Bernie has had a lifelong love of anything that flies. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Institute of Aviation in 1980, earning Airframe and Powerplant Licenses, as well as a Commercial Pilots License. After working in the field, Bernie moved to Seattle and was hired at SSC to work as a tutor, eventually becoming a tenured faculty member in the AMT program. Continuing his aviation education, Bernie earned multi-engine and seaplane ratings, and earned an Inspection Authorization. In 1994, while teaching full-time at South, Bernie and his wife, Diane started Pro-Flight Aviation, a full service FBO at the Renton Airport. Pro-Flight continues to employ graduates of the AMT program at South.
I have been a full-time Airframe & Powerplant FAA Certificated Technician since 1972, and hold an FAA Inspection Authorization and a Pilot's Certificate. I served four years in U.S. Navy Aviation including two Western Pacific cruises on board an aircraft carrier. I have owned my own aircraft maintenance business, and worked General Aviation maintenance in several different maintenance organizations over the course of my career. To be able to teach this great aircraft maintenance profession to aspiring new SSC aviation technicians is truly a joy for me.
Charlie Daehne (Tool Room)
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, I moved to Washington when I was almost three years old. Having a father whose career was aviation maintenance, it was only natural I’d end up working in a place dedicated to training the best aircraft mechanics. I have been with South Seattle College Aviation Maintenance Technology since August 2010. Though I have a degree in journalism, I feel at home working in the maintenance shop repairing broken tools and machinery, handling purchases for the department and managing the tool room. Of everything I do, the biggest job perk is getting to know the students who come from all over the country and beyond to share in the dream of aviation.