Trang Nguyen has been with Jet AirWerks for a little over a year & has quickly become a leader in the shop. She works diligently to answer technical questions, problem-solve issues & create repair processes.
Trang was born in Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, Vietnam, and immigrated to the US as a child. She is a graduate of Wichita State University with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering & was a member of the Army Reserves.
In her free time, Trang enjoys spending time with her husband or hanging out with friends, eating & watching movies.
We asked Trang some questions to learn a little more about her.
My first job was as a server at Pizza Hut.
Biking with my aunt Julie who was a year older than I was.
My parents, because they worked a few jobs to take care of their three kids with little-to-no English while earning minimum wage.
My husband because he gave me emotional support when I was in college and starting my job.
My best job was working for the Army Reserves. I got to meet new people from all over the world and experience things beyond my limits, which was exciting.
I have not experienced it at JAW, but I have faced some discrimination for being a woman in the past. Some people think that women can't do what a man can. To prove them wrong, I joined the Army to show that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything. When I was in college for mechanical engineering, there was a 1:5 ratio of women to men. Although there are more women in engineering than before, it is still a male-dominated profession. I wanted to show that women can also be great engineers, so here I am.
If I wasn’t an engineer, I think I would become a food critic, so I can eat and travel at the same time.
That I am full of energy and willing to help.
Work hard even when no one is looking, because eventually others will notice. Always be willing to learn. It will lead you further in your career.
A cocktail and fries.
Travel around the world and visit South Korea, learn Korean, make enough money to support my parents in retirement.
Equality for everyone.
That I lived my life to the fullest with no regrets.
Keep doing what you’re doing, and everything will fall into place.
Think on the bright side.