What do you do at KF?
“As a Project Supervisor, I’m in charge of a specific maintenance project from start to finish. I work directly with our customer representatives, maintain the project timelines, oversee the financials, deal with any issues that may arise, and act as a liaison between our crews and hangar manager.”
“It’s rewarding to play a part in getting people and things where they need to be, safely. Aviation makes it easy for people to see their families or go on vacation, and to get critical parcels delivered quickly.”
How did you get your start in aviation?
“I started my apprenticeship at KF after completing the aircraft mechanic (AME-M) program at Okanagan College and Northern Lights. In a big MRO like KF Aerospace, an aircraft mechanic (or AME) is responsible for powerplant, flight controls, gears, rigging, engine runs, arrivals, and departures. Aircraft are highly regulated based on their maintenance schedules—without the hard work of AME’s, the aircraft can’t fly.”
How are you empowered by your role?
“When I was pregnant with my first child, I was able to move into a supervisor role overseeing our interior technicians. It was a new role that I helped to hone, and it allowed our crews to work more efficiently. When I came back from maternity leave, I was able to continue that role for a year and a half. On my second maternity leave I moved to another hangar, in a similar supervision role. I’ve had lots of variety and flexibility in my career with KF, I’ve been able to raise two children and become KF’s first female Project Supervisor.”
Do you see examples of equity in the workplace?
“We’ve made a number of improvements at KF over the years, offering maternity and paternity guides, gender-appropriate safety gear, and inclusive washroom facilities. We also have different tool sizes available, for example, smaller drills. I’m petite and have a small step ladder that I use, but on the flip side I don’t have to bend or crouch into small spaces of the aircraft. There are truly opportunities for all individuals of all shapes and sizes. We need diversity in aviation.”
What does the future look like?
“When I started at KF we had less than 10 trades women. Today I’m seeing more and more women in the aviation trades, especially in Aircraft Structures where the schooling is a 10-month program—which is more manageable if you have kids at home. But to see more change we must continue working at the high school level to engage minorities, especially as older generations start to retire.”