Lindy describes what she does as conducting a symphony. 

 

As the director of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, Lindy isn't the person rebuilding the planes or training the pilots.  She's not researching aviation safety or cataloging the licenses of every pilot in the country.  But the people she supervises are doing all of those things and more. 

Lindy says the people who do all of these jobs are excellent at what they do, and it's her responsibility to coordinate all of those jobs so that they interact well together.  Like instruments in the orchestra, each department at the Center plays its part well, but they sound best when they play in harmony.  Lindy spends most of her time working so that all of the jobs at the Center work in harmony.

Lindy says the Center has a big impact on the community because 5000 people work there and another 20,000 people come every year to be trained as pilots, flight attendants, or air traffic controllers.  That's a lot of Moms and Dads, older brothers and sisters, grandparents, and neighbors working there!

The Center also has an extensive education program and many employees volunteer in the community.


Lindy says the best part of her job is working with smart, talented people who like what they do.  The most challenging aspect of her work involves designing a budget, dealing with money delays, and changing the budget to fit decreases in funding from year to year.  Lindy spends most of her time solving problems, planning the budget, checking the quality of the Center's work, and meeting deadlines. 

 

 

Career Check

 

Lindy chose this career because she's always liked aviation, and she would recommend working at the Center to anyone because there are a wide variety of careers available there.  Just a few include scientists, computer people, analysts, teachers, engineers, technicians, medical professionals, mathematicians, security officers, and professions traditionally associated with aviation.

Lindy would advise people interested in this career to be nosy and curious.  Read a lot, go to air shows, ask questions, work hard in school, and be constantly learning! 

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