Steph Smith

Licensed Aircraft Engineer, Airbus, RAF Brize Norton

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Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something just because you're female.

What do you do?

I maintain the Airbus A400M to support RAF operations. From something simple like topping up oils, changing a wheel to changing an engine, troubleshooting and doing high power engine runs

Why did you choose this field?

I started flying gliders age 10 so have grown up surrounded by aircraft. Though I wanted to be an airline pilot originally there weren't any scholarships at the time, so I went into engineering instead. I don't regret my decision at all as I love my job now

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

To inspire others into aviation and engineering. To know my voice has been heard, appreciated and has had a positive impact on someone else

Why do you love working in STEM?

Never knowing what the day holds for me

Best advice for next generation?

Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something just because you're female

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge or skill - Wilbur Wright

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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