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    An Air Force Mechanic(01:38)

    Airman 1st Class Laura Lund talks about working as a aircraft engine mechanic at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. She enjoys the camaraderie that comes with serving in the Military, and the work is a good fit for her skills.

    Lund did well on the mechanical comprehension portion of her ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). The ASVAB is designed to help young adults discover which careers fit their skills. Several factors help determine an individual's military career, including ASVAB scores, training and the needs of the Military at the time of enlistment.

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Airman 1st Class Laura Lund: My name is Airman Lund. I'm a senior airman in the United States Air Force. My career field is aerospace propulsion, meaning I work on aircraft engines for either helicopters or the 130 or the C5. Any engine that goes on an airframe, I am eligible to work on.

At this time, I work the 400 engine, which goes on a Healy, and I work the 700 engine, which goes on a 60. I love it. It's an amazing job.

In my shop, the workweek isn't too complicated. It's your basic 7:00 to 4:00, and it's Monday through Friday. Occasionally, we will work weekends if the mission calls for it.

Other than that, the people in my shop, they stay the same. I work with the same people, day in and day out, and it's wonderful. I love them. They're all like brothers to me. We have a good time. We hang out, and we do a good job. We get the work done, and honestly, I look forward to coming to work. On the weekends, I'm not like, "Oh, man, I have to go to work tomorrow." It's, "I wonder what this person did over the weekend?" You can't wait to come see these people, and everyone's got a great sense of humor. So you're working on an engine, and it's just story after story, and you're laughing, and you're doing your job and having a great time.