This month, in celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March, we’re shining a spotlight on the incredible women who work here at AXIS. Today, it’s Bianca. A mechanical CAD engineer, Bianca’s interest in aviation was sparked when she was just 13 years old. We ask Bianca how that moment led to a career here at AXIS.

How did you get into aviation?

My dad took me to the Helicopter World Cup when I was 13, which was a real eureka moment. The aircraft and the people were just fascinating, and I decided on the spot that I wanted to become a helicopter pilot. Although I first trained as a nursery school teacher, during the summer breaks I worked at Heli Austria as a maintenance trainee, which kept my passion for aviation alive. Unfortunately, my eyes weren’t good enough to train as a military pilot, and the fees to become a commercial pilot were too high, so I decided to take a different path and study Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria.

How has your career progressed?

Whilst at university I kept working at Heli Austria in my spare time, then later took on an internship as a Program Manger at Pankl Aerospace in Kapfenberg, Austria. It’s here that I wrote my diploma thesis.

After completing my studies in 2011, I joined AXIS as a mechanical engineer. Over time I assumed more responsibilities, until I was appointed deputy head of the hardware development department.

What is a typical day like in your job?

Before my maternity leave, my days usually consisted of meetings, organizing, monitoring and reporting progress, solving issues, engineering parts and components and commissioning work on-site with different customers. Although not all at once!

At the moment, I have returned from maternity leave on a part-time basis, working as a mechanical CAD engineer, which means my days consist mainly of technical work.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

AXIS provides such a varied workplace, with any number of development tasks, so I’m always learning new things or working on new concepts, which is an extremely enjoyable way to work. I also love the opportunities for travel and meeting people from all over the world, as well as knowing that what we do helps to improve safety across the globe.

What do you enjoy outside of work?

Family is of course a priority! I also enjoy sports, needlework and designing and baking cakes.