Airman 1st Class Laura Lund: My name is Airman Lund. I'm a senior airman in the United States Air Force. My career field is aerospace propulsion, meaning I work on aircraft engines for either helicopters or the 130 or the C5. Any engine that goes on an airframe, I am eligible to work on.
At this time, I work the 400 engine, which goes on a Healy, and I work the 700 engine, which goes on a 60. I love it. It's an amazing job.
In my shop, the workweek isn't too complicated. It's your basic 7:00 to 4:00, and it's Monday through Friday. Occasionally, we will work weekends if the mission calls for it.
Other than that, the people in my shop, they stay the same. I work with the same people, day in and day out, and it's wonderful. I love them. They're all like brothers to me. We have a good time. We hang out, and we do a good job. We get the work done, and honestly, I look forward to coming to work. On the weekends, I'm not like, "Oh, man, I have to go to work tomorrow." It's, "I wonder what this person did over the weekend?" You can't wait to come see these people, and everyone's got a great sense of humor. So you're working on an engine, and it's just story after story, and you're laughing, and you're doing your job and having a great time.
The way I ended up in my mechanical career was mostly to do with my ASVAB. I scored really high on my mechanical. I had a little bit of experience coming in before that, not a whole lot. I know I'd helped my husband work on his dirt bike a little bit when he needed the help, and mostly, I'd work on cars that I had throughout high school. My career advisor said, "This could be a good thing for you."
The Air Force has definitely exceeded my expectations on so many levels. I would have never guessed that it would have been such an awesome job for me.