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 worked on Tornados and Nimrods in locations across Scotland and elsewhere. “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”.
Emma - Career Pathway
Left school with 11 GCSEs
RAF Holton and did nine weeks basic recruit training
Passed out from RAF Cosford, which also involved an advanced apprenticeship
RAF Leuchars, started work on Tornados for 43 Squadron
RAF Leuchars, Tornado Aircraft Servicing Flights
RAF Kinloss, joined Nimrod Line Squadron, servicing
RAF Lossiemouth, Tornado Engineering servicing
RAF Cosford, Instructor
Ryedale District Council, Malton
Glow Recruitment Ltd, London
Wilkes Cleaning Services, Wetherby
Barchester Healthcare Plc, Rhyl