Women Moving Australia Case Studies
Name: Rachel Bacon
What is your job title?
B2 CASA Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
Which company/organisation do you work for?
Job description (in 25 words or less!):
Maintain, inspect, repair, test and troubleshoot electrical, instrument and radio systems and their components.
What studies have you undertaken?
I completed an apprenticeship and Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics) and for my B2 a Diploma in Aeroskills (Avionics). I am currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Tell us about your experience in the transport & logistics industry.
It is extremely rewarding to know that the work that we do ensures thousands of people each and every day make it to their destinations or home to their loved ones safely.
Which other industries have you worked in?
Whilst studying I worked in retail and I soon realised I was not a ‘people person’, I also worked in hospitality (because who doesn’t love food?) but was told I was “eating all the profits”. I am really grateful for the experience and it makes me appreciate how much I love working in aviation.
What is the best career advice you have received?
Work hard and be so good you that become indispensable.
Best advice to give:
Be better than the person you were yesterday.
It’s a bad day when:
You don’t get a chance to have breakfast (or a cup of coffee) until after midday.
It’s a good day when:
You see the aircraft you’ve been working on taxi, take off and fly away.
What direction do you see yourself heading in the future?
I am still working towards a type rating, but I have been extremely fortunate to have been involved in education and training, and I would love to help others realise their full potential achieve their career goals.
Who are your role models?
There are a lot of people who have inspired, motivated and mentored me in my life and career. I wish I could list them all, but they know who they are, and I am eternally grateful to them for sharing their lives, knowledge and experience with me.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, what do you do?
A cup of tea and a good book or a nana nap.
Sunrise or sunset?
“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
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