During my seven years servicing aircraft in the U.S. Navy, I made the most of that opportunity. I not only saw the world, but was able to launch a rewarding career. In 2011, I transitioned to civilian life and joined a legacy AECOM company. Initially, I provided maintenance support for Navy helicopter operations at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.

Within a year, I qualified as an aircraft mechanic and soon was promoted to lead supervisor. In 2013, I was promoted again, this time to team lead mechanic. At the naval station, where the company supports two squadrons and approximately 80 helicopters, I direct 40 employees who repair and maintain aircraft and support launch and recovery operations.

The favorite part of my workday is at the crack of dawn, when engines begin to roar, and we launch the first helicopter. I take great pride in knowing sleeping San Diego residents are safer because of the work that the Navy does — and that we support.

A Naval reservist, I earned my bachelor’s degree in aviation business administration recently. Juggling the Navy Reserves, work and school took a lot of focus. Just like the act of juggling, I gave everything its proper timing and attention. Here, I am someone who started out washing aircraft, moving them around, to where I am now, managing line operations for the entire squadron. I look forward to continuing to grow with AECOM through the many career opportunities available to me.