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. Tanja is as an aviation engineer, who joined the team in May 2016. From an early age Tanja had always been fascinated with the idea of flying, so it’s little wonder that she ended up working for an independent flight simulator manufacturer. Here, we take a quick look at how she came to be at AXIS.

How did you get into aviation?

When I was growing up, my dream job was to become a helicopter pilot. This may have been down to the fact that I watched way too many Hollywood movies that involved far-fetched helicopter stunts. I was fascinated by the thought of being able to control such a helicopter and fly artistic maneuvers with it.

As I grew older, my scope of interest changed to fixed wing aircraft – one of the reasons that I chose to study Aeronautical Engineering at FH Joanneum University in Graz. After graduating in 2011 I then went on to do a Master’s degree in Aviation Management.

How has your career progressed?

Alongside my studies I did several internships at Zürich Airport, working in a variety of departments including flight operations engineering, safety office and daily air traffic, for four to seven months at a time.

Once I completed my studies, I started to work as a project engineer on the Airbus 350 XWB Winglet programme for an Austrian company producing composite aircraft parts. I was responsible for project planning and steering; and was involved in the early phases of development right through to production, qualification and delivery of the aircraft parts.

After two years in program management, I joined AXIS as an aviation engineer.

What is a typical day like in your job?

My day depends on the progress of the project that I’m working on, which allows my job to be diverse and exciting. One day I might do system modelling, the next testing procedures in the simulator, or I might be on-site with a customer for commissioning. It’s a very diverse role.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

There’s so much I enjoy about my job – not least the opportunities for travel, and meeting and working with clients from all over the world.

At AXIS, we’re always working on continuous product innovation, using the latest technology. These are high-level devices that improve safety by helping to train pilots for abnormal and emergency situations. Being part of the lifecycle of such an interesting product, and producing them in this way, is what I am most passionate about.

What do you enjoy outside of work?

I love to travel and explore the world. I’m also an enthusiastic musician and very interested in the world of art; and enjoy watching a good film or settling down with a book.