Could you tell us about the background of your career?
My initial career aspiration was teaching and I have a degree in Physics Education. After earning my certification and some teaching I found that it wasn’t the best fit for me. Because of my mechanical aptitude I was able to work as a manufacturing technician for an aerospace company and eventually was promoted to a technical writing position.
What are the highlights of your career so far?
My career is just beginning, I’m proud of all that I accomplished so far, and I’m looking forward to creating my career highlights at Cobham.
Why did you choose a career in engineering?
It was a “right place, right time” moment for me. I had just switched companies when, within my new company, a technical writing position opened up and a friend recommended me for it. My background in manufacturing and teaching made the transition easy because writing instructions is like teaching and being a technician made me know the material better.
What are the biggest challenges of your job?
With the word “Writer” in title people expect my degree to be in Communication or English and they don’t realize I have a technical background. I have to work hard to build a relationship where they acknowledge I am able to understand technical information without simplification.
What are your thoughts on the importance of diversity within engineering and in the workplace?
A favorite quote of mine from Bill Nye is “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” Greater diversity of life experiences and backgrounds fosters an environment with more knowledge and more ability to succeed despite challenges.
Why should someone consider a career at Cobham?
Cobham is an exciting company to work for; in my position I get exposure to a wide variety of products from different value streams and it keeps my day interesting.
What does International Women in Engineering Day mean to you?
I look forward to the day when women in engineering is so commonplace they are celebrated for their accomplishments as engineers not as female engineers.