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Allison Roberts

from fast food worker to Quality Engineer
I ensure we are building planes to the highest quality
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  • What engineering is really like
  • How my job helps build an airplane
  • The great balancing act that is being a full-time working mum

About me

  • International Experience

I wanted to do something in the medical field when I left school. It wasn’t until my Dad started to read the job descriptions rather than the course titles that my interest was sparked in engineering. I ended up changing all of my preferences and haven’t looked back since!

I started at Boeing Aerostructures Australia as a Materials and Process Technology Engineer, and have been a part of designing and qualifying most of the processes used to fabricate the 787 Moveable Trailing Edge (which is on the wing). I’ve taken all that knowledge with me into my role in Quality and the practical, hands-on experience helps me be a better engineer. I have always (and will always be) passionate about bringing more women into STEM careers. It’s a great place to be!

About my role

  • Analytical
  • Curious
  • Personable
  • Resourceful
  • Understanding

Quality engineers play a critical role in the aerospace industry, ensuring that parts for aircraft meet rigorous standards. They oversee the qualification of manufacturing processes, meticulously assessing methods and materials to guarantee adherence to industry specifications. When non-conformances occur, they conduct thorough investigations, employing in-depth problem-solving skills to identify root causes and implement corrective actions.

Quality engineers are also responsible for ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and industry standards, working closely with regulatory agencies to uphold safety and quality standards. Quality roles involve a combination of technical expertise, analytical thinking, and effective communication to maintain the integrity and reliability of aircraft components.

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  • Victoria Certificate Education (VCE)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) - First Class Honours (RMIT University)


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Mathematical Methods (Maths B)
  • Physics
  • Specialist Mathematics (Maths C)


  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Swimming
  • Travel

15 year old me!!

“You are going to be fine. Take the risk, it's going to be different from what you expected, but you are going to LOVE it.”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Overseas internship during university
  2. Unsuccessful in my first job interview
  3. On the Job learning and training
  4. Focused on building relationships
  5. Working as a Quality Engineer at Boeing

My employer

Behind every Boeing product and platform is a person using critical and creative thinking to solve complex problems and produce future aerospace products that defy gravity, break the speed of sound and allow Boeing to live out its mission to connect, protect and explore our world. Our teams span the areas of defence, space, commercial products and technologies. At Boeing, you could play a hand in taking products from inception and design to delivery and beyond, and solve challenges that enable all of humanity to take flight.