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Mentoring Techniques for Early-Career Hires

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Mentors are invaluable resources for early career hires, sharing their expertise and providing advice to enhance professional performance and development. Mentors can also serve as role models and support systems for their mentees, helping them to learn and flourish so that they too can go on to mentor others in the future.

This webinar will provide an overview of successful methods for mentoring early-career hires to the NASA Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) and engineering communities. 

Jason Fowler, receiving inspection supervisor and Senior Quality engineer at Saft America, Space and Defense Division, will discuss proven methods for both career hires new to SMA and the aerospace workforce, and also career hires new to SMA with many years of aerospace experience. Fowler will also highlight general mentoring tips/skills regardless of the level of the employee’s experience.

While this webinar is primarily targeted to a Quality audience, it may also be of interest to those in other disciplines who would like to learn more about successfully mentoring others.


Jason Fowler

Jason Fowler is the receiving inspection supervisor and senior Quality engineer at Saft America, Space and Defense Division. As senior Quality engineer, Fowler leads the Quality Engineering (QE) initiatives at Saft with a focus on supplier development, root cause and corrective action, and continuous improvement. In this role, he also provides direction, guidance and advice to other Quality engineers. As receiving inspection supervisor, he manages all the receiving inspection functions with a focus on process improvement and increased supplier quality. This role also includes actively developing the five inspectors he manages in an effort to improve upon their abilities and capabilities. Fowler is actively mentoring a Quality engineer and one individual who works at another company.

Fowler has 20 years of QE experience in various industries, including telecommunications, heavy equipment manufacturing, aerospace and defense. He worked in many different roles, including managing a material testing lab, internal and external Quality Management System auditing, supplier quality and lean manufacturing.

Throughout his career, and prior, Fowler has embraced mentoring. As a newly hired designer, Fowler found his first professional mentor who imparted his knowledge and advice, helping him navigate the formative years of his career. That initial experience stirred a passion for mentoring and lead to a career-long pursuit of becoming a better mentor and helping others benefit from mentoring. Fowler currently mentors people within his organization and college students through Ambition in Motion, a non-profit mentoring collective. Fowler does not consider himself a mentoring expert, but rather a mentoring pragmatist looking to make the mentoring experience easier and more fun for everyone.

Fowler has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, an associate’s degree in specialized technology, and received his Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Manager of Quality certifications from the American Society for Quality in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Fowler considers himself a student and “disciple” of Edwards Deming and firmly believes that a great process can make everyone shine.

Mentoring Techniques for Early-Career Hires


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