Aviation for Women

JUL-AUG 2018

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J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 AviationforWomen 17 S M A L L P L A N E S P L AY A B I G R O L E T hey may not take to the skies, but the models designed and produced by PacMin, WAI Corporate member, would at first glance lead you to believe the aircraft were poised for takeoff. The craftsmanship and the pride in the work at PacMin are equal to the care taken to produce even the largest, most modern aircraft. California-based PacMin, which has been in business since 1946, produces aircraft models and related exhibit items used in marketing and trade shows. The models range from desktop-size to full-size mockups, or intricate cutaway models with lights and spinning engines, says Jeanne Ruppelius, marketing manag- er. "Basically we can design and man- ufacture just about anything our cus- tomers might need to promote their brand and market their product," she says. Jeanne came to the sales and marketing department at PacMin right out of college. "I learned mostly on the job. Marketing is so hands-on and what works for one company or customer might not necessar- ily work for another." Before coming to PacMin, Jeanne admits she was unfamiliar with manufacturing or aviation. "When I started didn't really know what I was getting into. My first few months were basi- cally aviation and manufacturing 101." She says marketing is an area that continually evolves requiring people to change the way they respond to their customers. Another fellow employee, Camille Canlas, studied industrial design and engineering at Mt. San Anto- nio College and California State University focusing on product design and manufacturing processes. She learned 3D-modeling techniques and manufacturing skills including milling, metal and wood lather work, along with product and graphic design. "I somehow imagined myself doing some type of model making work, since this is my educational back- ground," says Camille, a graphics layout engineer for PacMin. "I did not expect to be working on very large scale. I just imagined myself working on small prototype models." One of the things she likes best is the team approach required to complete a project. "High complexity projects bring different departments to work as a team and develop strong relationships through communication," Camille says. The complex exhibit projects are the most challenging part of the job, but are also the most exciting for her. "We hold ourselves to the highest standards through specializing in graphics, prototyping, molding, and customer satisfaction," Camille says. "We are dedicated to the ideas and 'giving life to vision and imagination' by embracing innovation and business relationships." If Camille could offer advice to a young person considering a career in the aerospace indus- try, she would tell them to have the courage to "tackle challenges and don't think of it as hard work." She adds, "Motivate yourself and try not to think about new challenges as frustrating or impossible. Think about it as a rewarding opportunity to grow and gain experience and knowl- edge for yourself." Camille says, "Embrace discomfort and failures as these phases let you learn to try again and expand your abilities." Camille and Jeanne seem to embrace the notion that there are endless possibilities. "Aviation is so broad, so no matter what your past experience is, if you want to jump into or switch to avi- ation, you can do it," Jeanne says. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandra Arnoult has spent more than 15 years as an aviation journalist with a focus on region- al and low-fare carriers, airports, and aircraft manufacturers. She spent a decade writing for Air Transport World magazine, and most recently contributed to Low-Fare and Regional Air- lines and Runway Girl Network. Jeanne Ruppelius Camille Canlas PHOTOS COURTESY OF PACMIN

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