Pros: challenging work, strong team building, international experience
Cons: compensation, advancement opportunities, benefits
Everyday presented a new challenge that had me jumping out of my bed to greet each morning. I worked with amazing individuals who made my job both enjoyable and educational; there was never a lack of original ideas when it came to our discussions about solving important issues. Working in such an environment was enlightening and provided daily opportunities to learn and grow as an engineer.
I lead a team of technicians as well as international engineering resources towards design, development, procurement, assembly, test and delivery of multi-million dollar avionic test rigs. I worked daily with international and domestic airframers managing their requirements and ensuring that these requirements were integratable and within scope of budget. It was hard work managing people in all these different time-zones but there was always a rewarding moment to be had.
The most enjoyable experiences came from working with international teams. I traveled abroad meeting and working with top-notch minds and had the opportunity to break bread at their homes, learning about their cultures first hand. It was a period of my life I will always hold dear.