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GSE3 Kelli Joachim

Every morning since 2013, Kelli Joachim has boarded the same gray, steel-hull, guided-missile destroyer floating in San Diego Bay - USS John Paul Jones. She pulls the same tattered pair of navy blue, grease-stained coveralls out of her stand-up locker in the female berthing and slides into them.

The 20-year-old Las Vegas native doesn't fit the mold of a "prototypical" electrical engineer, and she knows it.

"I'm a lot smaller than most of the people I work with, but that's alright. I work just as hard, I'm a fast learner and I bring a positive attitude to the workplace," she said.

She's five foot nothing, probably weighs 100 pounds soaking wet, and is in a perpetual state of happiness. While most of her peers sit behind desks and in front computers to complete a day's work, her workplace of choice is in the heart of the ship, and her tools of choice are wrenches and screwdrivers.

"I'd rather work in an engineering main space where the temperature regularly gets over 100 degrees. I'd rather work with my hands and see how I make a difference to the ship," she said. "I love my job, and I love being an engineer."

Watch the video to see the environment Gas Turbine System Technician 3rd Class Kelli Joachim works in on a daily basis.