Suisjes From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 70 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 12464 times:
Ya, it is a hell of a sacrifice for year if it is even a year it could be more! I have worked on the airbus for a year and I have three years on the line. but, my friend and I have the test @ the same time and he has got a place to stay there. It is kinda crazy though I had a chance to work for Delta mainline in NYC, about a two months ago. But, there pay was ridiculus. Especially when my friend is up there working for Freedom (Delta Connection) and bringing down around 24 an hour and working 4 on 3 off and 3 on 4 off schedule. Which is kick ass. I should of stayed w/ them , but , it was when they had the crash eights and was'nt to gung ho on the idea to tdy out of MCO.
Unless Delta changed their test in the past few years it was more of a logic/mechanical aptitude/psych test. Any mechanic with a decent IQ should be able to pass the test. Someone out of A&P school should be able to pass it. Though I know a lot of smart people who didn't. I was in a group of about 15 in the computer testing facility and only myself and one other passed.
And unless Jetblue has changed their test in the past few years if you don't have any line experience you probably won't pass the test. The test was 100 question, fill in with a last section requiring a paragraph answer.
I do remember quite a few ATA code related questions. The last question asked what would you do if an a/c had an inbound write-up of APU INOP. I don't think "check the FIM" would have been sufficient.. Out of a group of 20 only 10 of us passed and most of those guys had at least 10-20 years experience. I got beat up during the interview portion (yes more questions..) and wasn't offered a position.
MQTmxguy From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 196 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 12340 times:
Quoting FADECFAULT (Reply 11): Unless Delta changed their test in the past few years it was more of a logic/mechanical aptitude/psych test. Any mechanic with a decent IQ should be able to pass the test.
That's pretty much exactly what the one I took for AA was like. Alot of first year A&P school type stuff with a little bit of psyche and problem solving, hard to fail. Basically to weed out the nut jobs and the completely inept. The interview and reference check were the big make or break factors.
Well at least we can all take comfort in the fact that NW will never retire their DC-9s
DALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2449 posts, RR: 15 Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 12199 times:
Delta quit giving mechanics the MMPI years ago. I was hired in 98 and it was already long gone. I was amazed how many working mechanics fail the current aptitude test we give.
Suisjes; you made a smart move to avoid taking the DL NYC job. If it was for LGA you would have hated it. The manager there is impossible to work for. Transfer out isn't an option either. I also agree the pay is terrible. I wish DL would pay a station differental for high price cities like NY, BOS, DCA, SFO.
I would have taken position with Delta at JFK over a position at B6 in JFK. Quite a few miserable guys at B6 because they couldn't get a transfer out to florida. Though I don't know if the no transfer policy is still in effect. I know the RTP plan put a stop to most transfers. Though a transfer with DAL out to flordia is impossible..
DAL LGA and DAL JFK are worlds apart as far as mx is concerned,.. would explain why so many people from LGA transfered into JFK. When I was in JFK it was a much more relaxed atmosphere.
I've been gone for almost 2 years from dal but have there been any pay increases? I thought outstations did get some sort of pay differential?
I wish my current employer would have instituted some sort of testing, quite a few odd balls here..
Boeing767mech From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1006 posts, RR: 3 Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 12182 times:
Quoting FADECFAULT (Reply 18): I wish my current employer would have instituted some sort of testing, quite a few odd balls here..
I wish my employer had a harder test, before the mass lay-off we where getting some real chocks. Amazing when you have someone tell you that they can't do something, and find out they are to lazy or stupid to look it up or every try to fix it because at there other job before this one they had a department to do that. Since when is a boost pump a avionics function?? Oh yeah it's got wires. A&P should be all purpose mechanic. I think it you can't at least try to something like avionics and sheetmetal work you shouldn't work at a line station.
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 12153 times:
Quoting DALMD88 (Reply 16): elta quit giving mechanics the MMPI years ago. I was hired in 98 and it was already long gone. I was amazed how many working mechanics fail the current aptitude test we give.
Well, you gotta wonder what genius thought that potential mechanics ought to be given a test that's used for screening out sociopathic personalities and pedophiles. That's a systems problem right there.
One of the best mechanics I ever knew-and parenthetically one of the most honest, upright people I ever met-failed the MMPI and didn't get hired by Delta back in the eighties.
Pretty much right it starts out pretty easy the last question was pilot squaks a nose steering problem though, line maintenance is this test and stuff like what color is the left nav light as well as some others about RVSM ILS oh, and which side of the canon plug is the J side, describing what LRU the ram air hits on the Airconditioning and other stuff which was hit or miss. I passed barely but, after checking out NYC alittle, and with no chance of living out of the city in one of those mansions you see when you fly in just over the water there, I don't think I'll be going to NEW YORK! I don't think the rest of it is like Queens. But, I just don't see anyone, like a mechanic really pullin down the dough unless there in at a crash pad in ozone park living with 8 others. Besides, the place was really drab and depressing. And ofcourse, I am from FLA. and I think it would be somthin like two years to transfer maybe sooner. But, he did say it would be practically impossible to get in to TPA, due to the US Airways lay off there. Shiiii you got like where you live! Oh, the passing grade is 75 percent.