Why pursue a career at Saab?
For me, Saab has been a really solid employer for three decades, and I would never have stayed on for three decades if I hadn’t felt satisfied with my job and comfortable with my colleagues.
When I contacted the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) in the 1980s(!), they advised me not to bother applying because of my gender. That wouldn’t happen today – both at Saab and other industrial concerns. Back then, it made me all the more determined!
In 1987, after having attended a 24-week in-house training programme, I started working in structural assembly. In 1992, I became the first female technician in the Gripen assembly workshop. The gender balance has improved since then!
I have been working in the hangar on aircraft modifications and ground testing since 2006, and as far as this work goes, I’ve reached the top of the tree. I’m happy where I am, but who knows? One day I might end up in an office position, a transition my father made and who’d also worked at Saab.
This is a great place if you are interested in technology. Though, Saab is about so much more than aeroplanes for the armed forces or security and surveillance solutions: the company is benefiting society as well.
What does it take to be a good technician?
I have always been technically-minded, which helps. As a child, I was very into cars and aeroplanes, and I got my first motorbike at 16.
Since the work is physical, it’s important to be fit and strong. You often have to kneel or work with your arms in the air. Thankfully we have a great gym on site, where there is a mix of led classes on offer.