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The Canadian military is getting new helicopters, and Carol MacPherson will teach pilots how to get them in the air.
“I’ve always been attracted to jobs that aren’t stereotypical for women,” says Carol MacPherson (BA’96). And she’s definitely found one with Sikorsky, a Connecticut-based company that builds premium helicopters. A headhunter found her resume on a job-site search engine and tracked her down in Calgary shortly after she finished her degree. After a successful phone interview, MacPherson says she packed up her truck, her dog, and started the five-day drive to Connecticut.
A previous career in the Canadian military helped secure the job, but MacPherson says her English degree is put to good use in her role creating the curriculum that will train pilots how to fly the still-to-be-built choppers. Other divisions within Sikorsky will also take the primary information she’s created and adapt it for their own training programs. “Writing clearly and concisely is an important part of my job.
I need to be very succinct in my communication and teaching materials so it’s clear to everyone at every level,” MacPherson explains.
In addition to creating the course work that will be taught in classrooms,
MacPherson is developing multi-media courseware that will be used alongside
flight simulator training. Her courses need to cover operation, maintenance,
safety, and theory.
esting and updating course work will
continue for years to come, and MacPherson’s mixed background has made
her uniquely outfitted for the challenge. “Seventeen years after leaving
the Canadian military, I never would’ve guessed that I’d be back
working with them; this time as a civilian.”