Joshua's Open Road

JOSHUA COWAN

Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Technician
GE Aviation

“You just need to understand that you’re not always going to jump straight to the top; you’ve got to realize it takes hard work sometimes. It’s possible—you’ve just gotta look around.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Hobbies & Pastimes Exploration Talent Transitions

FOUNDATION:

Working with Others

BIOGRAPHY:

  • After graduating high school, he decided he didn’t want to go to college, so he joined the military instead.
  • Had a lifelong dream of becoming a pilot, but without going to school, he didn’t qualify—he decided to do the next best thing and become an aviation mechanic to ensure pilots were safe.
  • Worked in aviation in the Marine Corps for five years—says he didn’t join the military with the intention of making that his career, he wanted special skills that only the military could give him.
  • When he got out of the military, he had a difficult time finding aviation work in Indiana, so he worked for Eli Lilly and Company manufacturing insulin.
  • Working at Eli Lilly was a shocking change of pace for him because he was inside all of the time and working terrible hours—says he spent the majority of his break time searching for other jobs.
  • He heard on the news that GE Aviation was opening a plant in Indiana and, on a whim, he applied and got the job.
  • Says the hardest part of transitioning out of the military and into civilian life was going from occupying a leadership role to being a “low man on the totem pole”.
  • For him, the best part of living and working in Indiana, is the “small-town city life” vibe.

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