Jet AirWerks

Meet Vicki Whyde

March 30, 2020

MACHINIST

Vicki Whyde has worked at Jet AirWerks for 3 years and takes pride in the speed and accuracy of her work in our machine shop.

Before completing her Associates with a certificate in Machine Tool Technology, she worked as a hair stylist and receptionist.

In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband and kids, watch or read thrillers, and go riding and shooting.

We asked Vicki some questions to learn more about her.

WHAT WERE YOUR HOBBIES AS A KID?

Anything outdoors.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL WORKDAY LIKE FOR YOU?

My days are pretty crazy… I clock in, grab the RAILS (we usually have 3) from Kelsey, find out whats priority for the day. Then I head back to the shop, get the CNC going, shrouds on (if we have them). If we don't have shrouds I work on Links, seals, blade retainers, maybe a sleeve, or maybe OGVs. If we don't have any of those I replace inserts (the list goes on and on). Lunch is somewhere in there oh and a couple breaks and some smack talking to the boys (but its all in fun).

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK AT JAW?

I chose JAW because I had a friend that said it was a good place to work. I’d say he was right.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE WOMEN ENTERING THIS FIELD OR STARTING THEIR CAREERS?

Don't give up, give it time. It may seem hard at first, but nothing is ever as hard as it seems.

HOW HAS YOUR CAREER CREATED VALUE IN YOUR LIFE?

It helps me see a better view of things. "Take your time, make it shine".

IF WE WENT TO HAPPY HOUR, WHAT WOULD YOU ORDER?

Iced Tea

DO YOU HAVE ANY SKILLS OR TALENTS THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT?

I can sew, I can do body work on cars and cut/color hair.

WHAT ARE SOME CAUSES YOU CARE ABOUT?

Suicide and cancer awareness.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL A 10-YEAR-OLD YOU?

To not sweat the small stuff. Life is short. Enjoy it while you can.

HOW DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER YOU?

I would hope they remembered me being fun and crazy. That I laughed a lot and didn’t take everything too seriously (unless it needed to be). I want to be remembered as being easy to get along with and not one to fight with others, or start fights, but also didn’t get pushed around.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO?

It is what it is.

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