The pofessionalisation of Human Factors in Aviation: some reflexions
Posted on 25 abril, 2018
Today I have had the opportunity of participating as speaker in the Aerotelecom Forum organised by students of the EETAC (Escuela de Ingeniería de Telecomunicaciones y Aeroespacial de Castelldefel-Barcelona), after been proposed by the COITAE (Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Técnicos Aeronáuticos) to the organizers.
I have participated on name of the Human Factors Eng Group of the RAeS (Royal Aeronautical Society), to which I belong since last year representing Habock Service & Support. Between the objectives of this specialist group is the promotion of the Human Factors in universities to future generations of professionals, so it was a great chance to do it in Spain (and in particular in the university where I studied).
While preparing the presentation I had to focus on the target audience so I had quite clear the need of presenting the topic but, I wanted to go further. Because I know that when you are finishing your studies the more information you get, the more choices appear in front of you. Also, because the Aviation industry is plenty of opportunities but sometimes far from home, so you need openning your sights, go away of your confort zone.
I say that because fortunately, while working in UK I started to become more interested in the Human Factors field because it appeared to me to be more present in the same aviation industry, which requires more specialists, and there were events and great courses I had the chance to attend. I also say that because for first time I saw job offers looking for Human Factors Specialists and famous aviation universities as the Cranfield University or the Embry Riddle offering specialisation courses, the MSc or the PhD or other degree options, as the BSc, that the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors shows in its website.
So during the presentation I have tried to give the message of the importance of having knowlegde and awareness in all types of organisations (not only maintainers and flight operators, where completing Human Factors training is mandatory) but also, manufacturers, suppliers, designers, authorities, etc at all the organisation levels. But also to challenge the students and future professionals of completing Bachelors, Masters or even PhD in aviation Human Factors if they want to specialise in this field, where is so required and lack of professionals.