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Arconic’s Price Has Looked Skyward Since Her Childhood
If you think of the aerospace and defense (A&D) sector as a great river, then Arconic is its source, for Arconic engineers and manufactures the metals that are used worldwide in A&D, such as aluminum and titanium. All Jasmine Price, continuous improvement lead at Arconic, has to do is look up to be reminded of how important her work is.
“There are over 8,000 planes flying at any moment. Our families and friends depend on the quality and delivery of the castings we create every day. At Arconic you never forget how the world is dependent upon what you do,” she notes.
One of 42,000 employees, Price drives continuous improvement in an Arconic facility that builds complex structural castings in the aerospace industry. Continuous improvement eliminates process waste using an analytical, data-driven approach. Price’s work moves her through the facility.
“You can be working in one department one day and another the next day. There are so many opportunities for growth and diversification of your work,” she points out.
Price’s relationships with her colleagues throughout the facility increase her efficacy. “Teamwork is critical for the success of the facility. A comfort level in communication enables that. The success of my career was laid by my passion for people.”
However, when Price first arrived at Arconic, she didn’t enjoy that degree of familiarity. “When I first started as an intern, I was extremely nervous as I looked and communicated differently than my peers,” she shares. “After a couple of weeks, I learned that the differences in our backgrounds are what drove our success.”
Price arrived with a passion for aerospace. “As a child, I loved the Virginia Air and Space Center. My parents would take me there every weekend, so frequently that the museum educators began to recognize us and changed the minimum age to allow me to attend museum classes,” she recalls.
That passion for her profession is a formidable asset. “Follow a career path about which you are passionate, and your passion will show through your work,” she recommends.
Price also has a long-standing passion for the math and sciences that enable flying. “I’ve always loved math and sciences. I knew I wanted to be an engineer the moment I found about material and chemical engineering.”
Price graduated with a degree in materials science and engineering at Virginia Tech, but her learning continues every day because of her inveterate curiosity. “Ask questions. A lot of people can be nervous to ask questions.”
And make your aspirations clear, she counsels. “After my first internship, I expressed my interest in returning.”
Now she’s part of Arconic’s altruistic culture. “I had the opportunity to prepare a local school for the new year by cleaning and painting, to provide plant tours to local youth, and to teach engineering skills at a local high school,” she points out.
Learn more about New York, NY-headquartered Arconic via Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Explore careers at careers.arconic.com.
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