Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)

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Faculty and Staff

Marshall PryorMarshall V. Pryor
Marshall is the Faculty Department Chair for the Aviation Maintenance Technology program. He began his career in aviation right out of high school, completing an A.A.S. in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Portland Community College. Gaining his Commercial Pilot certificate, as well as CFI, Marshall and his family enjoyed a four year experience as a pilot/mechanic family, providing flight support for humanitarian efforts in central Africa. Marshall has been at PCC sixteen years.
Steve PhillipsSteve Phillips
Steve’s passion for fixing things began early. First on bicycles, then on cars, then on aircraft in the US Navy. He worked in a small aircraft shop before going to A&P school. After receiving his airframe certificate, he was a service engineer for the Bendix ABSD in South Bend, IN.
Upon returning to Oregon to finish his AAS degree and powerplant rating, he returned to the old aircraft shop as a maintenance administrator. He took teaching position at his A&P school and then moved to an international parts sales position. There he was also an inspector and a DAR for exporting functions.
After several years, He accepted a position as QC manager for the American Blimp Corporation. He was a DMIR and also the Director of Maintenance for the repair station. Steve started teaching at PCC in 1992, got his IA and was department chair from 2002 to 2009. He has conducted IA renewal seminars; consulted to companies on QC issues; and was a Designated Maintenance Examiner (DME).
Robert FrascoRobert Frasco
Bob Frasco has provided organizational support to the PCC AMT program since 1994 as an Instructional Support Technician and as an Adjunct Faculty member. Prior to arriving at PCC, he was a manager for a Fortune 100 manufacturing company and owned a successful business in residential real estate development. Bob retired from the Oregon Army National Guard after 35 years of service repairing U.S. Army aircraft, performing aircraft maintenance technical inspection and restoring/maintaining artifacts for the Oregon Military Museum. He holds an FAA Private Pilot – Glider certificate and an FAA Airframe & Powerplant certificate along with an AAS in Aviation Maintenance Technology from PCC.
Anders RasmussenAnders Rasmussen
Anders grew up in Central Wisconsin, less than 2 hours from Oshkosh, home of the EAA AirVenture fly- in, which he attended with his father, a certificated aircraft mechanic and private pilot. In high-school, he became interested in pursuing aviation as a career.
Anders received his FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic certification and Associate’s degree from Spokane Community College in 2005. He went on to receive a Commercial Pilot and Advanced Ground Instructor certifications while working towards a Bachelor of Science degree from Moody Aviation, which he received in 2008. During this time, he also assisted in the restoration of an antique mail-carrier biplane (the Boeing 40C).
After graduation, Anders moved to the Portland area for a job with a local aviation company. He served in a number of roles, varying from line maintenance, inspections, Robinson helicopter overhaul, and facility lead technician. In 2011, Anders received his FAA Inspection Authorization (IA). Anders also volunteered a significant amount of time working with international students and refugees, both in the community and through a local non-profit.
In 2012, Anders and his family moved to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he served as the Director of projects at a non-profit aid and development organization for a year. After returning to the States and taking a TESOL Certification course, Anders and his wife made the decision to remain due to the deteriorating security conditions in Kabul.
Anders aviation background and affinity for the Pacific Northwest led him to begin teaching courses at PCC in the Fall of 2014, which was a natural fit with his education and training, love of teaching, and passion for helping people develop their potential.
Thomas Laxson
Thomas began his career in aviation by enrolling in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at PCC in 2000. After graduating from PCC with Airframe and Powerplant certifications, and an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology, he enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
His first job in aviation was as a helicopter mechanic for a small aerial spraying company, based in Salem, OR. After six months in that position, he accepted a position at Horizon Air (Portland) as an aircraft technician. While at Horizon, Thomas graduated from Embry-Riddle with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, majoring in Professional Aeronautics.
After specializing on Bombardier CRJ aircraft, Thomas accepted a position in the Maintenance Training Department of Horizon Air. In 2009, he left Horizon and joined Flightline Training Services, based in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. There he worked at a CRJ SME/Technical Instructor and a courseware developer. Working for Flightline, Thomas delivered aircraft technical courses in countries of North America, Europe, & Africa. He has also developed technical training courses for an array of commercial aircraft, such as Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Cessna, LearJet, & Dornier.
In April of 2015, Thomas began teaching courses at PCC.
Dave ParishDave Parish
Dave's first encounter with aviation was at a young age. He grew up going to airshows and lived right under the flight path of a local airport. His father was an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air force and has a passion for aviation. That rubbed off on Dave, and for his 16th birthday he took an exploratory flight. At 17 years old he had the opportunity to fly a DC-3. It was years later that Dave decided to pursue a career in aviation. After one weekend of helping a friend work on an airplane, he found himself enrolling into the PCC AMT program. During his time at PCC he helped in the hangar through the student work program. After graduating, he worked for Airline Transport Professionals, Hillsboro Aero Academy, and Aero Air. He then decided to take a job overseas working with PACTEC where he maintained Beechcraft King Air 200's, Quest Kodiak 100's and a Cessna 210. During his time working overseas he had the opportunity to teach some aviation courses for ICAO, and realized he enjoyed teaching. After returning home to the U.S., Dave decided to turn his aviation career focus to teaching. He joined the PCC AMT faculty member team and taught a few years before moving back overseas to teach aviation maintenance. After spending several years teaching overseas, he returned to the U.S. and went to work for Life Flight Network as a Maintenance Training Manager. More recently Dave came back to the PCC AMT department to rejoin the faculty team. Dave really enjoys teaching entry level technicians and hoping they catch the aviation "bug" like many others that have gone through the PCC AMT program.