Victor Yepez is a PlaneTechs Recruiter, recruiting for aviation maintenance jobs across the United States. His main candidate base are Aircraft Mechanics (A&P, Sheetmetal, Avionics, Interior Mechanics, etc.). Victor is bilingual, speaking Spanish and English. Victor lives in the City of Chicago and is a die-hard soccer fan. (And if you are wondering, FC Barcelona is his team.) In his spare time Victor organizes a Chicago neighborhood music festival which can see an upwards of 16,000 attendees.
Victor shared with me his background, his recruiting style, success stories and a funny recruiting moment.
How did you get into Aviation Maintenance recruiting?
There is no romantic story there. I graduated college, did some traveling and once I got back, I got a call from PlaneTechs and here I am.
How long have you been with PlaneTechs?
8 and a half years.
I understand you have won quite a few recruiting awards?
Ha! Yes, I have won a few… Employee of the year, Recruiter of the year and month, Manager of the year and a 3-time TrueBlue Circle of Excellence Winner. It’s very humbling and I am honored to be recognized for mine and my team’s hard work.
What type of jobs do you recruit for?
Positions for MRO’s, Manufacturing, DoD accounts and Business Aviation outfits, nationwide. Our customers are looking for a variety of skill sets such as Structures, A&P mechanics, Avionics Technicians, Inspectors, Sheetmetal Assembly, Interior Mechanics, just to name a few. One of the more exciting jobs I recruit for are those that are overseas.
Tell me about your candidate base? Are they mainly Contractors, or do you have many Directs? Plainly put, who are the folks you talk to everyday?
For the most part it is 90% contractors. We do have direct positions and temp to direct positions. Ultimately at the end of the day, my candidate pool (and I don’t normally separate by contractor or direct) is driven by the opportunity. Basically if you are associated with aviation maintenance then I would want to talk to you.
What is important for an aircraft mechanic to know about you?
That I want to build trust. Trust is so important in recruiting and ties into the overall experience. If I am working with someone and it is a good experience then they will continue to work with me. It is a never ending relationship. Trust enables Growth.
When a mechanic is en-route to a site to start their gig, what resources do you provide?
It’s situational but I always provide directions, links to housing, and advances if they need it. I also consider who else is already working at the site that can assist with knowledge of the local area. If we have an onsite representative I always ensure that they have made contact prior to the start date. I stay in touch the entire time.
What should a contractor know about PlaneTechs?
Our values. Our honesty to contractors. Our recruiters and their dedication to trust and honesty! We always strive to provide the most positive and financially beneficial experience.
Tell me a success story.
I have a current employee that has worked for me for 8 or 9 years. I’ve gotten to know the whole family. His wife will call me with questions or for information and I work with the whole family to get him to his next job. I’ve watched them go from not having a lot and facing hardships to the success they enjoy today. I am proud of the confidence they have in me and to see them grow.
Tell me your funniest recruiting moment.
I hired a Star Wars Storm Trooper. I didn’t know it at the time, but he was the model for a Star Wars Storm Trooper in a Star Wars video game. He really played the part onsite too. He would walk like a Storm Trooper. He had the whole floor laughing.
What else would you like to add?
I take pride in providing a positive experience to anyone looking for work in the aviation maintenance field. And I have fun doing it.