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by | Mar 11, 2019

Chloe managed to squeeze time into her packed schedule to have a chat with me this week! There is something wonderful about connecting with someone on instagram that you might not have met otherwise, so it was fantastic to finally meet her (somewhat) in person! Her enthusiasm for representation of women in STEM fields is infectious, and one of the major reasons she created her account @chloeandbeyond. From start to finish of the interview we had a good giggle about life in general, and found we have many things in common! I loved one of her recent blog posts about her first year at university as I had a similar experience of struggling in my first year. During this tough time, she had the strength and resilience to reflect on why she was unhappy and made big moves to change this: which is incredibly admirable! Her blog is a wealth of knowledge: from interview prep tips to landing your first internship (important!), and her incredible work ethic really shines through. The following is her interview and I hope you love it as much as I loved talking with Chloe!

Who are you and what do you do?

Chloe Jordan! Mechanical Design Engineer (Technical Title: Tool&Equipment Design Engineer) for The Boeing Company! I’ve got a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and a minor in Aerospace Engineering.

 

Where did it all start?

I wasn’t one of those girls who liked playing with legos as a kid, tinkering with old cars as a teenager, or even robotics in high school… but i’ve ALWAYS loved a challenge and I wasn’t afraid of hard work! My dad is a retired engineer, and he always encouraged me to pursue engineering, (actually he recommended Engineering, Medical, or Business fields as great options) so, Sophomore year of highschool I decided to pursue Engineering and the rest is history:)

Give us a snapshot of your day to day work?

 

  • 5:15 AM alarm. 10 minute snooze. Roll out of bed. Get dressed (in less than 15:)), grab coffee and an egg cup, then out the door by 5:45 AM!
  • I usually get to work around 6:15am (realistically…) and immediately power up my computer…sometimes it takes a while.
  • I check my email, get CATIA (3D modeling software) up and running and load whatever design I’m working on for the day!
  • On average I typically have 3-4 meetings a WEEK, which really isn’t many!
  • I work on my designs, taking a 10 minute walk two hours in, then hustle back to my desk to keep designing.
  • At lunch, I workout (almost religiously everyday at 11am), it is the best way to break up the work day, and makes it fly by!
  • After lunch, I continue with my designing, chatting with our Tool Fabricator Leads that pop into our cubicles every now and then, and joking with my cube mates! No joke, I have a pretty awesome team, like….70% under 35!!

 

Is there someone that encouraged you to do this?

My Dad has been a huge influence on my career aspirations. I idolize (my parents are the bomb.com) both my Dad and Mom. My Dad worked so hard for my family and demonstrated what a strong work ethic, hard work, attention to detail (this made him a great engineer!), and foundational faith in Jesus Christ.

 

What motivates you/what do you find motivating?

I love a challenge and engineering provides exactly that! I like to say, “Engineers are SOLUTIONS looking for problems!” It is so so rewarding to work in a discipline that’s goal is to constantly innovate and improve the world we live in!

 

What advice do you have for people pursuing/aspiring to your career?

Never give up, your goal is worth the work! And DON’T let society or anyone else for that matter make you think you have to fit a certain mold to be an engineer (or STEM’er). You are capable, smart, talented and can do anything you set your mind to!!

 

If you could go back in time, what is the one piece of advice you would give to yourself? (hindsight is a wonderful thing!)

Hindsight is a wonderful thing (especially for those smart enough to learn from others:)) !! It’s about the degree NOT the pedigree! I spent a lot of money and tears chasing a school’s pedigree instead of chasing my degree.  In engineering especially, you can earn a great, reputable, and hirable degree from a ton of different schools, you don’t have to go to the Ivy Leagues to get a great education (or a top public university in my case:/). I feel so strongly about this, I wrote a blog post on it called “Degree Not The Pedigree” 🙂

 

Can your work be stressful? What do you do to manage stress? Do you have any helpful day to day practices?

Haha short answer is YES! In the manufacturing environment, especially within Boeing, my site produces critical parts and assemblies for several different airplanes, which keeps us on a really tight schedule. This means expedited design schedules, and the consequences of not getting a design out in time can lead to an airplane not being delivered to the customer on time…

 

What is your favourite thing about your job? What excites you most?

I personally think the aerospace industry is one of the coolest to work in, not to mention working for a global industry leader that designs & builds everything from commercial jets, to the 747 Presidential Aircraft, ie “Air Force One” to spaceships and rockets! I get the opportunity to design new ways to create these amazing products every single day, and that excites me!

 

Fun questions!

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I’m a ballerina! I started dancing at the age of 2 and haven’t stopped since! I don’t dance professionally but I still find time to take my ballet classes, and perform on occasion! I’m also an avid skier, shopper, any activity that has to do with Harry Potter:)

 

What’s your favourite color?

Blue, probably royal blue! But if you looked at my high school dance dresses you would have guessed green….I think it had to do with the red hair….

 

What is your favourite film just now and why?

Uhmmmmm….Harry Potter…duh:) I know I’m weird, but it’s like my security blanket, whenever I’m sad, or sick I put it on and instantly feel better!

 

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why? (from any time period!)

Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ayn Rand, Harriet Tubman….I could NOT pick…all these women and more were TRAILBLAZERS and huge inspirations. I would be so interested to know and see what drove these incredible women to keep going, keep fighting, and to not give up.

 

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

The message I’m really striving to share through Chloeandbeyond is that my journey and current success as an engineer is COMPLETELY repeatable and achievable to anyone who is willing to put in the work. I’m not the smartest person, nor the luckiest, richest, or anything else you can think up, I’m just willing to work and I don’t back down from a challenge! No one’s path is exactly the same, but the principles and practices can be applied to achieve similar results!

Thank you for participating Chloe and I know people will find your answers very helpful! During our talk I was honest that I had never considered that there would need to be Mechanical Design Engineer to make the tools that make the parts of an aeroplane but now I know and what an incredible job it sounds like!

I also asked Chloe what her experience of being a woman in a male dominated industry is like and was encouraged by her positive response that her team are incredible and she has not had any issues despite being one of two women in the team. Go Team! However, she agrees that we need more representation so that there are more than two women on her team and, any engineers out there, you need a hashtag so we can find you on social media!