Life at MHIRJ: Christopher Lawrence

Life at MHIRJ: Christopher Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence

As an Operations Supervisor at the MHIRJ service center in Bridgeport, West Virginia, Christopher Lawrence’s workdays are spent ensuring the quality of his team’s work and the safety of the aircraft they’re working on. But on his off days, he’s all about living his best life with his family and friends in the place he calls home.

For almost seven years, Christopher has climbed the ranks at MHIRJ thanks to his hard work, dedication, and the support of his peers—who he also counts among his friends. And with a flexible schedule that allows for plenty of time to do the things he loves most; he’s achieved a balanced lifestyle that has room for both career growth and quality time.


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Much like many others who work at MHIRJ, Christopher didn’t have a background in aviation. However, this didn’t stop him from pursuing a new career path. “I was a coal miner for six years, and as we know, a lot of the coal mines were starting to shut down and I needed to make a change and find a job because I just had my son and just got married and I didn't want to be without a job,” he said. This is what led him to attend the National Aviation Academy in Clearwater, Florida to complete the 14-month fast-track program. “I fell in love with it. I've always liked to work with my hands, so it was a great fit.”

With his AMP license in hand, he applied to work at MHIRJ where he began as a technician on the floor. His skills, work ethic, and unwavering efforts helped promote him to become an Operations Supervisor. “If you look at my story, nothing's really held me back,” he says. “There's definitely a lot of opportunity for growth. I mean, if you look at where I came from as a tech on the floor and only six years later, I'm in an Operations Supervisor position, you can grow, and you can grow fast.”


We asked Christopher what the best advice he’d ever received in his career was, and he said “don’t stop learning, because your AMP is a license to learn and you will constantly learn new things every day around this facility. If you have a good work ethic and a willingness to learn, it will carry you further in this industry than anything else.” He also credits his peers who helped show him the ropes, answer his questions, and support him in his journey.

Stay tuned to WINGSPAN to hear more stories about life at MHIRJ, and explore our open positions if you’re ready make your next career move:

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