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Bachelor of Science in Aeronatical Engineering
Rahel was born in Eritrea and moved to Sweden with her family at age sixteen, dreaming of becoming a pilot. Her aeronautical engineering studies and talent for numbers and maths brought Rahel to a role as ILS Engineer at Saab in Arboga.
What does your work at Saab involve?"I work with telecommunications and data network equipment, assist customers in procurements, maintenance analytics, maintenance manuals, repairs, lab testing, and new product proposals. Everything is here – the entire product life-cycle, from purchasing until replacement with a new product. I work as an ILS Engineer and I enjoy calculating and analysing. I perform many calculations on data transmission and communication equipment in order to achieve good maintenance systems.
Tell us about your journey to Saab!"Ever since I was young, I always wanted to be a pilot, but it all actually began when I chose an aircraft maintenance technician programme for secondary school. After that I became more interested in aeronautics and applied to study further at university. I completed a three-year aeronautical engineering programme focusing on maintenance and avionics. Then I got an opportunity to do my degree project at Saab in Gothenburg together with a classmate. Our project involved analysing whether eye tracking could be used in radar systems, like those at Saab. And immediately after I was called in for an interview here in Arboga. I thought it was an interesting job and I liked my manager from day one. And this is where I stayed! I've been here three years and I am very happy."
What image did you have of Saab before you started working here?"Defence, defence, defence! And Gripen, mostly. As a newly-graduated female with a different nationality, I didn't think I had much chance getting a job at Saab. But I see it differently now than when I was looking in from the outside. We work continuously to ensure balanced representation in terms of age, gender, and so on. Our differences should be our best quality. And I would like more women – including young women – to start working here because we need them and they need us."
What are your plans for the future?"I enjoy working in ILS. I enjoy analysing, calculating, taking quick decisions, and having sufficient understanding to make good decisions. I would like to be a project manager in ILS. I have a project manager who I look up to and learn a lot from. I also like the personalities and attitudes of my colleagues, fellow technicians and system engineers. They know all about engineering, but they also have minds for business – they're good sales people and understand our customers. It feels like I'm building a solid foundation to become, in time, a good project manager.
What drives you?"Setting goals to achieve, that's what drives me forward. When I have a goal, I don't see any obstacles – I just go for it. For instance, I had to move to Västerås, in central Sweden, at short notice for my studies and I hardly had any idea where Västerås was. It was only when I was on the train that I thought: 'where is this place?' Sometimes I don't see the risks. There are disadvantages to this, but it has allowed me to progress. One should always consider the pros and cons, but, when it comes to my goals, I only focus on how I will achieve them."
Why do you work at Saab? "I work at Saab because I think it's fun to work with products at the cutting edge of technology. I think it's awesome to be able to meet so many intelligent people and work together with them. You learn a great deal, there is variation, and opportunities for development. That's what makes me want to work here."
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