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  • Brie Baerg, 21, of Oak Harbor would like to someday be employed at Boeing. She is learning composite layup and other skills at the Skagit Valley Colle...

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    Brie Baerg, 21, of Oak Harbor would like to someday be employed at Boeing. She is learning composite layup and other skills at the Skagit Valley College Marine Tech Center in Anacortes.

High Hopes: She wants to work on planes -- and boats

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By Gale Fiege
Herald Writer

Brie Baerg, 21

City: Oak Harbor
Program: Skagit Valley College Marine Technology program (Anacortes)
Q: Why did you enroll in this program? Are you interested in aerospace or simply looking for steady work?
A: I am taking all the courses available here at Marine Tech, but my focus is on composites. My goal is a job in the aerospace industry and especially a job at Boeing. But I also want to buy and maintain my own boat. I believe there are a lot of job opportunities in aerospace and I am able to do the physical labor. It had been a while since I had been in school, but this is a great, affordable program and by next summer I should be able to apply for a job at Boeing.
Q: What would be your ideal first job after this training? What would you like to be doing in five or 10 years?
A: I would like a position as a composites technician. However, I am picking up the skill sets necessary for many jobs in various industries. If I can get in as a technician, then my goal would be to work my way up the job ladder at Boeing.
Q: So you feel good about job prospects at Boeing? Would you be willing to relocate?
A: Boeing is the top company and is recognized as such. I would be willing to relocate. I moved here to go to Skagit Valley College. Moving is not a problem. A friend's dad worked for Boeing. He made good money and enjoyed his job.
Q: When did you first travel by air and where did you go?
A: I was about three years old and flew with my family from Southern California to North Carolina. I love flying and want somebody to get my pilot's license, as well. Planes and boats have always been my thing.
Q: What will air transportation be like in 50 years?
A: Faster, bigger. We will always want to transport people and goods by air. I would plan to keep current with new developments and move forward with the industry.
Q: How long is your day here at the tech school?
A: I am here from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., four days a week. I stay later to work on my composites projects.
Learn more
Skagit Valley College's manufacturing technology program offers courses in technical design, welding and manufacturing fundamentals. Skagit Valley also has a certificate program option for composites.
Marine Technology program: pagenumber_E_209
Story tags » Education & SchoolsOak HarborAerospaceAdvanced TrainingBoatingAnacortes



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