Recently Croatia’s national carrier Croatia Airlines hired its first aircraft maintenance technician. 20-year-old Tea Car from Zagreb last month became the airline’s first female aircraft mechanic.
From a young age Tea says that she was always interested in working on machines and was curious how aircraft operated.
‘I chose this profession because I was very interested in how aircraft work. From a young age I was fixing cars and horticulture machines with my dad, so got to know a lot about mechanics’, Tea told Croatia Week.
Her keen interest in mechanics led her to studying it at High School and after graduating she managed to land at job at Croatia Airlines just under three weeks ago.
Tea is working at one of Croatia Airlines’ three maintenance hangers, where the airlines’ fleet of aircraft are maintained and serviced. Tea is currently developing her trade under the watchful eye of experienced staff.
‘My current position is auxiliary mechanic. It is a start until I pass all Croatian Civil Aviation Agency Part 145 module exams and complete 2 years work experience to get a B 1.1 licence for aircraft engineer. I also need to pass exams for different aircraft types, such as Airbus A320 and Dash Q400 bombardier to advance my position’, Tea says.
Whilst she is not busy working on planes Tea says she loves spending time and training horses.
‘I work with horses; training young ones to obey commands, keeping them in good condition, some ground work with them too. Also in my spare time I like to play playstation and visit and spend time with friends and family’, Tea concluded.