04/20/2012 07:59 am ET

Stay-At-Home Mom Now Repairs Jet Engines

LINDEN, Mich. (AP) — Debra Monchilov didn't listen to the criticism surrounding her choice to change career paths — that she was too old to become a jet engine mechanic, or too female.

"I always had a passion," said Monchilov, a Linden resident who at age 51 became a licensed airframe and power plant technician. She trained at the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology in Canton, west of Detroit.

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