"The sooner we women advance in these fields, the less we will be stereotyped."
Manufacturing employs 2.2 million Canadians…28% are women.
Kristina Bouchard is a machine operator for Aerospace Hemmingford. The company manufactures aircraft engine components. Kristina's job is to machine various materials (metals). This includes drilling precise holes, taking excess material off by milling methods, lathe work, assembly work and doing set-ups on machines.
In addition to carpentry and construction, Kristina also has a certification from Pratt & Whitney to weld. She says that while her job is not physically demanding, it is mentally challenging. Kristina learns something every day.
Kristina and her co-workers are always inventing better ways to complete certain jobs and set-ups. If she ever had to leave the company, she believes that she would have many opportunities. Kristina could be a machine operator for another company, a full-time welder, or simply go back to carpentry school. In the future, she hopes to become a tool room foreperson even though the job appears to be very stressful.
Did you know? Recent figures show that manufacturing accounts for 18.5% of Canada's Gross National Product.
When asked if she would recommend other women to enter the field, Kristina replied, "Yes - because it can be a lot of fun. Also, the sooner we women advance in these fields, the less we will be stereotyped."
If you have a leaking faucet or need an addition on your house, call Machine Operator Kristina Bouchard.
Kristina is a true 'Jill of All Trades." With skills in carpentry, plumbing, welding, wood working and machining, there's not much that Kristina can't fix or build! With such a varied background, it's not surprising that Kristina found employment in the manufacturing sector, working as a machine operator for a company that produces aircraft engine components.
Today, she spends her work days milling, drilling, and lathing - work that she says is not physically demanding but can be mentally challenging.
Education: Diploma in Carpentry, certificaton from Pratt & Whitney to weld
Hobbies: Woodworking, building and refinishing antiques, cooking Asian and arabic food