Engineering Administrator, Bronwyn Hughes, plays a key role in Babcock Australasia’s Aviation and Critical Services team. Backed by previous industry experience, Bronwyn works with Babcock’s engineering personnel.
Bronwyn’s career in aviation began in 2005, when she was the Operations Administrator for global helicopter services provider, CHC Helicopters.
“I loved the role at CHC and enjoyed interacting with everyone across the whole business. CHC Helicopters then relocated to Perth in 2010 and I decided to stay in Adelaide,” Bronwyn says.
“When the opportunity came up to join Babcock in Adelaide, I didn’t think twice. I started out in the Operations Team and when a position opened up in the Engineering Department, I took the opportunity to change roles and further my career within aviation.”
At Babcock, Bronwyn manages training requirements and currency items for all engineers across Aviation and Critical Services.
“I help coordinate inductions for our new engineers coming on board. I think it’s really important that Babcock makes a good first impression for new employees, so I put a lot of effort into making sure the inductions go smoothly,” Bronwyn says.
“I also work with the Maintenance Managers and the Maintenance Controllers, helping to update manuals, Standard Work Instructions (SWIs), and other engineering documents.”
With sound aviation experience under her belt, but no formal qualifications, Bronwyn was inspired to complete a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2019. This involved a two-week intensive course in Brisbane, followed by an additional six months of study.
“The Cert IV is the first professional training I have undertaken and the qualification assists me in my role by giving me a full understanding of how to put training plans and training sessions together,” Bronwyn says.
“It will also enable me to focus on the training of our people and I’m hoping that I will be able to travel around to our Bases to deliver training related to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations.”
Bronwyn’s passion for aviation is clear, but she says it’s the people who really make her work at Babcock extra special.
“I love working with the people at Babcock. Everyone has a ‘can-do’ attitude and I enjoy working with people who get things done. My role is quite diverse and I get to interact with different departments.”
Bronwyn suggests those who share her passion, skills and ambitions to seek guidance form a mentor and be open to a range of opportunities.
“My advice for people contemplating a career in aviation would be to find a mentor in the industry. This not a regular ‘job’ and I think having someone as a mentor makes a big difference. My mentor is a former manager and he is always there for me when I need some advice, or just to have a chat,” Bronwyn says.
“I also encourage people to always say ‘yes’ to any opportunity that comes their way. Don’t knock back any training that is offered, or any tasks that you may think are too hard. You may need to ask the ‘dumb’ questions to get the task done, but that is how you learn.”
With a long-standing commitment to the industry, Bronwyn is excited for her future at Babcock.
“One of the main advantages of working at Babcock is being part of a global company. There is always something happening and there are always opportunities arising,” Bronwyn says.
“It will be very interesting to see what the future Aviation business of Babcock looks like. Who knows what’s around the corner!”