National Office Staff: Jordan Thielker, Outreach and Special Events Associate
Friday, September 06, 2013
Jordan Thielker joined the NATCA National Office Staff full-time in the fall of 2012 as an Outreach and Special Events Associate. Since then, his responsibilities have increased as he continues to work with a large number of NATCA members. As part of the continuation of our National Office staff feature series, we sat down with Jordan to learn a little bit more about him.
Insider: Where are you from?
Jordan: I am a lifelong resident of Frederick, Md.
Insider: Tell us a little bit about your family.
Jordan: I have two older brothers. As a family, we used to have picnics at the Frederick Airport so that we could watch the planes. We also would often go to airshows to see high action aerial maneuvers. My grandfather was an aircraft mechanic in World War II. My Dad has taken multiple flying lessons and my oldest brother is a senior pilot in the USAF.
Insider: Where did you go to school? What is your degree?
Jordan: I specifically went to Purdue University in Indiana because I wanted to become an air traffic controller. Purdue has an amazing aviation-related history. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Management/ATC with a focus in Airport Management. I also minored in Organizational Leadership and Supervision.
Insider: Where did you work before NATCA?
Jordan: I worked at the Frederick Municipal Airport during the summer before I started at NATCA. While there, I restored and cleaned airframes and was working towards becoming an apprentice aircraft mechanic.
Insider: What brought you to NATCA?
Jordan: Ultimately, I want to become an air traffic controller, which is why I went to Purdue. I was put in touch with a contact at AOPA (headquartered next to the Frederick Municipal Airport) who had a contact at NATCA. I believed my best course of action to finding out about the ATC world was to work for the Union. I was extremely fortunate to have been selected by NATCA as its summer intern between my junior and senior years of college.
Insider: How long have you been at NATCA?
Jordan: I am grateful to have been selected as an intern for two summers and then began a permanent position last fall.
Insider: What are your responsibilities at NATCA?
Jordan: Initially, I was an Outreach and Events Associate tasked with logistical work as well as dealing with our merchandise stock. In addition to those responsibilities, I have been focusing on the multimedia area. I help design and build some of NATCA’s websites and I am learning video and audio creation for future events. I am excited at the prospect of new challenges and the opportunity to learn new things. Traveling to events and being exposed to NATCA's activities brings me a more well-rounded perspective of the membership. I am better able to relate to the members via the website because of this.
Insider: What do you like to do for fun when you are not working?
Jordan: I try to maintain a regimented health and fitness schedule. I am an outdoors guy. Being active is what I do but I also like watching or participating in many sports. I’m most comfortable at the beach, but camping and boating in wooded areas is cool with me.
Insider: What is your favorite thing about working at NATCA?
Jordan: I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to be on the inside of this incredible organization and to have been given the direction and support that I have received. I get to see a multitude of people representing different committees and regions. I appreciate the hard work that is done for the improvement of all facilities and I cannot wait to see the implementation of NextGen, which will, hopefully, affect my working years as a future air traffic controller.