What’s that you’re doing, Mr. Pamukcu?

Mr. Pamukcu, aircraft technician at Hamburg airport, is inspecting the engine
© Sonja Brüggemann/LH Technik

Özkan Pamukcu, 39,

aircraft technician

… has been working for Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg for nine years


“I’m checking an engine for damage. This type of visual check has to be done every seven days. I use a flashlight to inspect the engine interior and look for possible scratches, patches of rust, holes or anything that might be coming loose. I have just found a crack in one of the engine blades. Now I need to take a look in the maintenance handbook, which describes not only every possible type and degree of damage, but also how to proceed. In other words, nothing is left to a technician’s discretion; each step is clearly defined. Minor damage is not considered critical so it does not prevent a plane from continuing to fly. If damage is more extensive, I have to mill it back into shape. In some cases, I even replace the entire engine blade, and that can take roughly two to three hours. I also work on other aircraft components, such as brakes, wheels and tires, and also on parts inside the cabin. But working on the engine is what I enjoy best.”