When she was 12, Emma visited a cousin at RAF Chivenor who worked on search and rescue helicopters. Inspired by what she saw, she put all her efforts into becoming an aircraft technician.

Since joining the RAF in 2001, Emma has maintained and fixed Tornados and Nimrods in locations across Scotland and beyond: “There are always new challenges – learning to work in different climates, for example”.

The secret of her success is that she enjoys what she does and is very methodical. “Everything has a list. I like working to regulations and procedures from start to finish and seeing the end-product. It’s really rewarding”.

These days she works as an instructor at RAF Cosford, teaching new RAF recruits about hydraulics and how to work with engines. “I enjoy giving other people the chance to become technicians. Every day they go home having learnt something they didn’t know 12 hours before”.

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Emma - Career Pathway

  • 2000
    Left school with 11 GCSEs
  • 2001
    Joined RAF Holton and did nine weeks of basic recruit training
  • 2002
    Passed out from RAF Cosford, which also involved an advanced apprenticeshipCompleted an advanced apprenticeship and passed out from RAF Cosford
  • 2003
    Joined RAF Leuchars and worked on Tornados for the 43 Squadron
  • 2007
    Specialised in Tornado Aircraft Servicing Flights
  • 2009
    Joined RAF Kinloss, servicing aircraft for the Nimrod Line Squadron
  • 2010
    RAF Lossiemouth, Tornado Engineering servicingJoined RAF Lossiemouth to carry out Tornado Engineering servicing
  • 2016
    Worked at RAF Cosford as an Instructor

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