I started working on aircraft parts at the age of 18. I didn’t realize that that was the path that I was going to take when I graduated high school but it was an open door. My mother was an Aircraft Interior Mechanic. My sister was an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic. My Dad was a Tool Crib Attendent. My Mom, as a mechanic, it was rough for her at first. She struggled but she loved it. I started working my way from the very bottom and now I’m the manager of the purchasing department. It’s kind of neat when you look at this big plane flying in the air. Wow, I could have worked on that plane. The responsibility with having to work on these parts is that it’s not just a paycheck, it’s not just another day at the job. I’m responsible for lives. That’s huge when you think about it. My kids are my passion, and let’s not forget my husband. He is like one of my children, but (laughs)…They’re everything That’s why I come to work everyday. My Mom is extremely proud of what I’ve accomplished, what my sister has accomplished. We’ve probably exceeded her expectations of where we’d be in this industry, for women. Being in this career you’re always going to have a job. If I was to say anything to the women that are looking at this career it’s ‘hang on tight because (laughs)’. It’s a ride, I mean, it really is. It’s a ride. My name is Alicia Vasquez. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am proud to carry on my Mother’s legacy. I am an Aircraft Mechanic.