Debbie Hamilton
Senior Manager, Component Repair and Overhaul
American Airlines

“One of the great benefits to working in this industry is the fact that you are often working on real, tangible products. You can point to something and get the very satisfying pleasure of saying ‘I made that.’”

Debbie Hamilton began her American Airlines career as a mechanic and now leads a diverse workforce of over 350 maintenance professionals. Since assuming the role of Senior Manager, Component Repair and Overhaul, Debbie has consolidated multiple shops throughout the organization to better utilize resources while increasing part production. Throughout her career, Debbie has been recognized for her outstanding contributions. She excels at maintaining strong relationships with her peers, and they work together to improve the lives of American’s customers and employees.

Debbie has a depth of knowledge in numerous departments, systems and processes, and spends much of her time sharing that experience and knowledge. She is always willing and available to guide future leaders on how to prepare for and be successful in their new roles. As a strong and caring leader, Debbie has the ability to make those around her comfortable and at ease during stressful situations. As the epitome of a servant leader, Debbie is deeply committed to ensuring that American’s employees receive the support they need on both personal and professional levels. 

Debbie juggles many extra duties at American Airlines in addition to her regular work. She has participated in several Employee Business Resource groups, supporting Women in Aviation and as well as American’s LGBTQ and African American employees. In the larger community, Debbie counsels local vocational school students, helping prepare them for job opportunities after graduation. She also participates in community food bank events, volunteers to support veterans, and supports the Susan G. Komen organization, where the teams she has been involved with have raised thousands of dollars to aid in the fight against breast cancer.

© 2019 Manufacturing Institute
733 10th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001