Published March 2020
Did it take you a long time to choose your career? Mónica Ariza never had any doubts. From a young age, she would look at the Colombian sky and admire the coming and going of planes, knowing that one day she would be part of that. She could have chosen to be a pilot, a crew member, but flying was not what really fascinated her: actually, it was those steel birds and everything that made them fly higher, faster and farther.
Thus, at the age of 23, she got her degree in aeronautical engineering and moved from Colombia to Chile, where she has worked at LATAM for seven years. "At first, I worked as an engine engineer and held that position for three years," she recalls. "I was then invited to lead the team at the engine and APU workshop (Auxiliary Power Unit)—the aircraft's auxiliary engine."
Without thinking twice and with the same determination as the girl who always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up, Mónica accepted the invitation to lead the team responsible for keeping the engines available for the airline's operation at all times, even knowing that she would face challenges in leading a team of 50 people, mostly men. But she overcame every obstacle.
"I believe I managed to take down any barriers by leading the team in an authentic way, solving problems together with my colleagues, being conciliatory and focused on the goals, thanks to my personality and passion for what I do," she adds. These are her engines, which allow her to fly high, along with the planes.