GE would not be the company it is today without its employees. From working mothers to U.S. military veterans, GE has a diverse team that should be recognized and celebrated. So, we created a series called the “Quick Six”—six questions we are asking employees to help us learn about their talents and backgrounds. Together, GE works.
In our next installation of Quick Six, The Bike Shop sat down with Carol Hartman, a commercial engines technical publications production manager in Cincinnati, Ohio.
How long have you been in your current position, and could you provide a brief overview of what you do?
I’ve been in my current position for the past 12 years. I provide leadership and program management for the production of technical publications for commercial engines.
How did you end up in this position? Did you always want to work in aviation?
I was assigned to the technical publications organization as a Six Sigma Black Belt to lead a globalization effort. The ability to support the 24/7 technical information needs of our customers worldwide has given me a passion for this work which led me to apply for my current position. My background is international trade and business so, GE Aviation as a global company, interested me 31 years ago; I am thrilled that aviation has been my career. It is an interesting, exciting arena that challenges me every day.
What motivates or inspires you to work hard?
My number one motivator is the importance of what we do – providing technical information to thousands of customers throughout the world. We deliver aircraft engines to our customers along with the technical information necessary to conduct maintenance – you can’t have one without the other!
What has been a lesson you’ve learned while working at GE? Do you have any advice for other people?
GE is a great, innovative company that provides employees with many opportunities. I have had the ability to see many places and make many friends throughout the world and be creative in developing new capabilities for the business; most of all, I continue to admire the generosity of the GE family in support of our communities, veterans and deployed service members. My advice for other people is to create a network and work as a team. You learn and accomplish a lot more as a team!
What is your favorite engine and why? Could you draw a picture of it?
My favorite engine is the GEnx, not only because it introduced so many technical advances and incredible thrust power but it also is a visual work of art with its curved onyx black composite fan blades.
What is one potentially surprising thing that people don’t know about you?
I was born in Honduras, Central America. My family moved to the U.S. when I was 12 years old. Additionally, I also co-lead the annual troop care package drives for GE’s Veterans Network. We just finish our tenth annual drive and collected more than 12,600 pounds of donated items. We shipped almost 2,400 boxes filled with these items to more than 2,000 deployed service men and women around globe, including almost 70 GE employees who still serve in our National Guard and Reserve forces and have been placed on activate-duty orders. More than 250 GE employees volunteered their time—more than 1,250 hours—to sort through the donations, put the packages together and ship. I’m blessed to be a part of such a special event that makes a difference in the lives of the men and women that our serving our country.
Did you know Quick Six is a series? Read our previous features: