Quality and Safety Coordinator – Pacific Coastal Airlines

Jun 1, 2016

Nicole Gaudet

We sat down with Nicole Gaudet, who is the Quality and Safety Coordinator at Pacific Coastal Airlines. Nicole, a recipient of the BCAC Airports Committee Airports Ops/Mgt Training Scholarship, shared why she chose aviation, what she likes about her job, and advice for aspiring industry professionals.

 

How did you get started in the aviation industry? Was it something you had planned for, or something you came across by chance? 

Ever since I was a little girl I had a passion for aviation. My father used to take my mom and I to the end of the runway at YVR every Sunday for a picnic and we would just watch planes land. However, I didn’t start my career in the industry right away. When I was in my teens I was an athlete and travelled across Canada as a high jumper. After High school I travelled to Europe, Australia and Cuba. All of the travelling I did combined with a fascination of airplanes made me want to be a part of this industry full time. For 18 years I owned and operated my own business in Powell River but when it came down to it, I wanted to do something that I was really passionate about, and that is when I moved to Vancouver to pursue my dreams and start my aviation career by studying Airport Operations at BCIT.

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What does a typical workday look like for you? 

A lot of multi-tasking! I am responsible for auditing including training programs, aircraft and of our bases, investigation work, and SMS (Safety Management Systems) development. I work Monday to Friday and on the weekends usually head home to Powell River to spend time with my family.

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What do you see as the biggest potential change in your field in the next 5-10 years? 

 Pacific Coastal is all about growth. They started as a small airline with only a few routes and have grown into a much larger airline over the years providing regional and charter service to more than 65 locations across BC. Pacific Coastal Airlines is a great company and they treat all their employees like family. I love being a part of the team here.

Do you have any advice for students looking to get involved in the aviation industry? 

 Do it for yourself and follow your passion. Join a club or aviation committee, networking is key and it’s important to be a part of the whole community. When you are able, give back. This industry is not for everyone, but if you love to be around people, like to travel and enjoy being around planes, then aviation might be a good fit for you.

What are three items you always carry with you at work? 

 My RAIC (Restricted Area Identity Card), work cell and my AVOP (Airside Vehicle Operator’s Permit).

 What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the job?

 Being able to help people is my favorite part of the job. I love solving problems, which I get to do a lot of as a Safety Coordinator. Off the top of my head, there is nothing I don’t like about my job.

Favorite Airport?

 YVR

What has been one of your most fulfilling or successful moments at work? 

 I have been in my role for 5 months and so far it would be the two projects I have had the chance to work on. One was a training video for WHIMIS and the other was Base Maps that I created for our Emergency Response Plan.

 Some Background on Nicole:

  • Has been in her role at Pacific Coastal for 5 months and since starting her role has developed a lot to include more responsibility
  • Graduated in 2016 from BCIT with a Technical Diploma in Airport Operations
  • Won the BCAC Airports Committee Airports Ops/Mgt Training Scholarship & a scholarship from London Air Services
  • Is an emerging leader in the Aviation Leadership Foundation’s Mentorship Program
  • Worked for Securiguard and the Vancouver Airport Authority in Emergency Planning during her two practicums.
  • Attended every networking event when in school, and still does, and had a job with Pacific Coastal before she even graduated

We are excited to watch Nicole grow in her career and wish her well in all her endeavours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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