RAF Technical Instructor
From a young age Emma knew she wanted to help people, but she didn’t know which career would allow her to do this and use her natural skills and abilities.
When she was 12, Emma visited a cousin at RAF Chivenor, and saw them working in a team to fix search and rescue helicopters. Inspired, from that point on she put all her effort into becoming an Aircraft Technician. In 2001 she achieved her dream, becoming an Aircraft Technician with the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Since joining, Emma has had the opportunity to work on Tornados and Nimrod aircraft, across Scotland and around the world. “Being a technician with the RAF has been better than I could have ever dreamed of. Not only do I have the chance to travel the world, but there are always new challenges and new things to learn – how to work in different climates, for instance.”
So, what’s the secret to her successful technical career? For Emma, she thinks it’s enjoying what she does and her natural ability to work precisely and methodically. “Everything has a list. I like working to regulations and procedures from start to finish and seeing the end product. I find that it’s really rewarding.”
Today Emma works as an instructor at RAF Cosford, teaching new recruits about hydraulics and engines so that the RAF has the technical talent to keep its aircraft in the air. “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's career pathway
- 2000 Left school with 11 GCSEs
- 2001 Joined the RAF and completed nine weeks’ basic recruit training
- 2002 Completed an advanced apprenticeship and passed out from RAF Cosford
- 2003 Became a Technician specialising in servicing Tornado aircraft for flight at RAF Leuchars
- 2009 Joined RAF Kinloss as a Technician specialising in servicing Nimrod aircraft
- 2010 Joined RAF Lossiemouth as an Technician specialising in engineering and servicing Tornado aircraft
- 2016 Became a Technical Instructor at RAF Cosford