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#LoveMySafranJob: “Safran has allowed me to turn a passion into a career”

Human resources

Michael Hodge is Maintenance Centre Manager and Noria/Warranty Coordinator at Safran Helicopter Engines Australia. Knowing that he contributes to keeping Safran customers flying safely every day is the thing he loves the most in its job.

Trust and support is a critical part of a great team.
Michael, Safran Helicopter Engines Australia

How long have you worked for Safran Helicopter Engines Australia?  

I have worked at Safran Helicopter Engines Australia since February 2014.


Where did you start with the company and where have you progressed up to now? 

The first role I held with Safran was as an apprentice aircraft mechanic. An opportunity arose in the Supply Chain team as a Material Planner which I was fortunate enough to be offered. From there I moved into the Front Office working as the Noria* and Warranty Coordinator for Australia, New Zealand and Japan. I have recently been promoted to the role of Maintenance Centre Manager and Noria/Warranty Coordinator.


What drives and motivates you to progress your career?

I have always had a passion for aviation, and Safran has allowed me to turn that passion into a career. I always strive to give my best no matter the task at hand; whether it be training and learning as an apprentice or liaising with our biggest customers, I will always try to give 100% to ensure the success of both myself and the Company. This drive is also encouraged by the mentors and leaders around me at Safran which further feeds my drive and motivation to continually learn and develop personally and professionally. 


What’s the best thing about your job?

Knowing that I contribute to keeping our customers flying safely every day and to be able to walk outside our offices at Bankstown Airport, look up and see helicopters flying with our engines provides me with a great sense of achievement. 


How would you describe the workplace culture at Safran Helicopter Engines Australia?

It is very much focused around being a team and this is something that comes quite naturally.  With the diversity within our employees we are able to draw from many backgrounds and experiences to tackle business challenges.  What I personally enjoy is working with colleagues that have grown to be my mates.  To be able to have the trust and support in those working alongside you each day is a critical part of a great team. 


Why do you think people work so long with Safran Helicopter Engines Australia?

This is a credit to the management who create an enjoyable work environment for their employees.  As a Company, we are continuously creating projects to implement innovation and improvements to existing practices as well as encouraging a strong foundation for career growth within the company.

Additionally, Safran has a great deal of focus around the health and wellbeing of its team with access to employee benefits including private health insurance and attractive leave conditions. 


*A Noria consists in the embodiment of technical modifications at the operators' premises in order to improve the engine in accordance with the Safran Helicopter Engines policy regarding Flight Safety. A Noria is time-limited and customers are contacted proactively by the Noria teams on each of the zones of the Front Offices.