Kim Pritchard, Sr. Manager – Airframe Overhaul & Repair, United Airlines
Kim Pritchard is the Senior Manager of Airframe Overhaul & Repair. She is responsible for a team consisting of approximately 650 people who execute work consisting of C-checks, heavy overhaul, reliability modifications, modification projects, and out-of-service aircraft.
Prior to joining the Airframe team, Pritchard was responsible for Technical Operations Hiring Programs for United Airlines, a position developed to help address technical talent pipeline challenges. She is based at United’s maintenance center in San Francisco and travels extensively. In that role, Pritchard represented the division in a number of forums, each aimed at expanding the pipeline and development of diverse talent for critical roles within Technical Operations, particularly Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMTs), Engineers, and Tech Ops Supervisors. Pritchard’s own background includes working on aircraft while serving in the United States Air Force and as an AMT for United Airlines, enabling her to easily connect with veterans’ organizations and technical schools across the country that produce AMT graduates.
Pritchard’s past includes working as an Operating Manager in Airframe Repair and Overhaul, where she led teams responsible for maintenance, overhaul, modification, and repair of Airbus and Boeing aircraft assigned to the San Francisco maintenance center. Her experience includes a variety of leadership posts at United Airlines. During the course of her 32 years with the company, she has worked in a supervisory capacity in Maintenance Training, Mechanic Employment, Continuous Improvement, and in the role of Sr. Production Controller.
Pritchard’s career includes a stint in corporate aviation as Chief Inspector and General Manager/Director of Maintenance at a large, Bay Area-based company that offered MRO services and drop-in maintenance support for business and private aircraft.
Pritchard believes being successful in a non-traditional career has equipped her to handle challenges well beyond United’s hangars and offices and actively works to encourage others to consider work in Technical Operations as an interesting and fulfilling option. To this end, she currently serves as co-captain of United Airlines’ all-female international aerospace skills competition team known as the “Chix Fix;” is a board member of the Aviation Technical Education Council (ATEC) and co-leads its “Choose Aerospace” national marketing campaign project (under development); is a member of United’s Operations Diversity Council, works on multiple occupational workforce councils at the high school and college levels; is the founder and President of an AWAM (Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance) chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area; and provides input to a number of member organizations which help individuals within the community prepare for viable work in the field. Pritchard writes a monthly article focused on mentoring for United’s Business Resource Group known as “uIMPACT” that was established to support females within the enterprise achieve their career goals.
Pritchard holds a B.A.S. degree in Aviation Maintenance Management and an FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification.