REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (July 5, 2017) -- Michael Vourcos is an aerospace engineer in the Maintenance Engineering Division of the Aviation Engineering Directorate. As the Storage, Analysis, Failure Evaluation and Reclamation lead engineer, Vourcos is responsible for working with other engineers to formulate repairs for aviation parts and return them to service.

The SAFR program helps repair parts that would otherwise be thrown away and this definitely helps the Army save money. When the depot or the field can't get a part, the team can salvage one from SAFR.

"This saves the Army time by not having to wait till the part is manufactured," Vourcos said. "Having the parts available and on time to repair our weapon systems helps maintain the readiness of our Warfighters."

Vourcos serves as an Airframe Condition Evaluation engineer, where he analyzes data and works with other airframe engineers to produce the ACE technical review report for the UH-60, CH-47 and AH-64 aircraft fleets.

Vourcos is also the value engineering coordinator responsible for managing the division VE program. The VE program averages an annual savings to the Army of more than $65 million dollars.

"I like working with others and helping resolve problems whether they are technical or program in nature," said Vourcos. "I feel a real sense of accomplishment when I see the great amount of money we are saving the U.S. Government."

Vourcos holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and has received the Global War on Terrorism Medal for his deployment to Afghanistan in 2015. He has worked at AMRDEC for 13 years and has 28 years in government service.


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