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Aerospace Engineer

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Conrad Adams

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Aerospace Engineering My Hobbies Air travel The Apollo Moon Landings And even the design of cars They all have one thing in common They wouldn't exist without... Flying remote control aircraft (when
it's warm, of course) has always been a relaxing
and fun activity for me.

I greatly enjoy playing my clarinet in band, jazz
band, or at home.

I find building things, (such as LEGOs or
anything else you really have to think
about to get the design you want), a fun,
challenging activity.

One of my favorite things to do is play strategy
games like Risk or Axis and Allies. Interviews Fred Ricchio is a liason engineer at Boeing Breanne Wooten is a structural analyst at
ATK Missile Products Fred Ricchio What type of job do you have? I'm a supplier liaison engineer for Boeing Commercial Airlines What do you do in that job? Liaison engineers evaluate parts that don't conform to engineering requirements, determine whether they can still be used, and design and design repairs to them. What kind of education is required to be an aerospace engineer? A 4 year undergraduate degree in science or engineering is needed What kind of work enviroment do find yourself in? Most liaison engineers work in the factory alongside the planes as they're being built. My group is in an office building just outside the factory, but we go in whenever we need to look at parts. How many hours a week does your job require? We usually work 40 hours a week, although overtime is sometimes required. The most I've worked in a week is probably about 48 hours Breanne Wooten What type of job do you have? I work as a structural analyst for a company that makes rocket motors What do you do in that job? After a design engineer comes up with a design, they send a computer model over to me. I develope a computer simulation that applies forces like temperature and pressure to see whether it will break. What kind of education is required to be an aerospace engineer? A Bachelor's degree in engineering is required, but it does not have to be in aerospace engineering. What kind of work enviroment do you find yourself in? It depends on your job. My current position is in an office enviroment. Other positions include things like lab work, running around our plant in a lab coat, and hands-on work with hardware. Approximatelay how many hours a week does your job require? Currently I'm working 40 hours a week. In the aerospace industry, there will undoubtedly be times where you will work long days, or even your weekends My Academic Interests My favorite subject would have to be science. This is because I find learning about the world around us fascinating. I think it's an awesome feeling when you learn something new, and finally understand it instead of just memorizing facts. In a close second and third, respectively, are social studies and math. I like subjects based off of logic. Math is pretty much the most logical thing that exists, and human history is based off of a logical cause-and-effect flow of events. At Penn, I will definitely take engineering or electronics electives. Extra-Curricular Intrests Robotics camps and clubs at Penn, (to which I have already
attended two), sound like a lot of fun to me. I most
enjoy designing the structure of the robots such as drive
systems or manipulators there. Penn marching band at Penn really intrests me. I'll get
to play clarinet and hang out with my friends. Tennis is my favorite sport, and I intend to play it in high
school, if not on the Penn team. My Strengths While I may not be the most socially skilled, phisically strong or active person in the community, I think my real strengths lie in technical and academic reigons. I can make basic machine designs to accomplish a task very well (for example, my robot design was #1 seed at Penn robotics camp last year). In addition to that, my grades are very impressive. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA for all two and a half years of middle school so far. Role Model Although I don't have a specific role model, I definitely respect anybody who isn't afraid to be themselves and respects others My Career Goals I would like a job that:
Pays well enough to have a family and live comfortably.
Doesn't involve dangerous conditions.
Involves at least some work in the field.
Is stable enough to keep the job until retirement.
And involves technology or engineering that intrests me. Why Aerospace Engineering is for Me Job Description There are many types of aerospace engineering jobs. Aerospace consists of aeronautical and astronautical engineering. The aeronautical is for vehicles that stay inside of the Earth's atmosphere, and the astronautical side is for vehicles that leave the Earth's atmosphere. In each of those sides, there are different types of jobs, such as people who specialize in the avionics (electrical control systems) of aircraft, liaison engineers, and the type of aerospace engineer I would most like to be and will be focusing on, a mechanical design engineer. Please understand that all engineers working in the aerospace industry are reffered to as aerospace engineers. Duties Mechanical design engineers in the aerospace
industry work in a team to make drawings or computer models of a product (which could be an aircraft or a system within it) to fit a certain need or specification. Mechanical design engineers working in the aerospace industry make a bill of parts for the design with a computer program. Mechanical design engineers in the aerospace industry control the cost aspect of the design by, for example, deciding what materials provide a balance of strength and affordability. Mechanical design engineers in the aerospace industry analyze the designs they create for signs of uncontrolled stresses Mechanical design engineers in the aerospace industry go to meetings with other engineers, customers, or suppliers about the product Hours The average hours for an aerospace engineer is 36 to 40 per week. However, it is far from uncommon to have to work overtime if a project requires it. Overtimes usually last from 8 to 30 extra hours a week and can include work on the weekends. Mechanical design engineers working in the aerospace industry work with other engineers to design tests to test scale models of their designs. For example, they might use a wind tunnel to test aerodynamic properties of the model. Pros Cons Aerospace industry is expanding

Medical and dental coverage provided

Life and short and long- term disability insurance

12 holidays off in addition to paid vacation days (the number of which depends on the job)

Salaries can support a medium sized family (3, 4, or 5 people)

Dangerous conditions on the job are rare and usually only appear as very high levels of noise.

Aerospace engineering jobs are open to a wide variety of engineers. Electrical, mechanical, material and aerospace degrees are just some of the common examples. A lot of aerospace jobs require experience in the field of aerospace

Aerospace vehicles operate under enormous stresses. Any malfunction could result in injuries or fatalities. The design of aerospace vehicles has to be extremely precise to avoid these malfunctions.

The locations of most aerospace jobs are in Seattle, Nevada, and California. Although there are some in Ohio and on the east coast, odds are I'll have to move far away from my family here in Indiana to pursue an aerospace career. Job Requirements Academic Requirements Usually, a bachelor's degree in engineering (the type of degree required depends on the job, but it rarely has to be aerospace engineering) is required, but statistics show that
aerospace engineers with master's degrees or Phd's earn significantly more money. Social and Interpersonal Requirements Aerospace engineers are almost always working in a group, so an ability to work well in a group is essential in this field.

Aerospace engineers must have good oral and writing presentation skills in order to do thing like present designs to customers. Technical Requirements The vast majority of aerospace engineering careers require experience with computer programs such as autoCAD Work Environment The work enviroment of an aerospace engineer greatly depends on the type of aerospace engineer the person is. For example, Aerospace engineers that make computer designs will mostly work in an office with a computer design program and may occasionally take a trip to a factory where the parts are being made to check on them. Project leaders will often meet with clients or suppliers to discuss products, so they travel a lot. Job Outlook Salary Mechanical design engineers in the aerospace industry make an average yearly salary of $82,000. Well above what it takes to support an average family. In the Year 2021... By the year 2021, aerospace engineering is expected to grow faster than usual. The military side of aerospace engineering is expected to grow as the defense budget rises and trades not usually known for hiring aerospace engineers, such as the automotive industry, are predicted to hire more aerospace engineers. (A more aerodynamic car gets better fuel efficiency, so it does make sense that car companies need aerospace engineers). Classes to pursue High school classes that would help me become an aerospace engineer mainly consist of classes that deal with computer modeling and beginning engineering courses To become an aerospace engineer, I will most likely get a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. That way, I can become a mechanical design engineer for the aerospace industry. Plus, if I can't get an aerospace job, I could still aply for other jobs with a mechanical engineering degree. Extra-curricular Activities Science, engineering, and robotics camps or clubs will all benifit my problem solving, technical abilities, and knowledge; three things that are very important in aerospace engineering. I could take extra-curricular classes on computer modeling to become profficient in programs like autoCAD. The design aspect of aerospace engineering satisfies my science and engineering-based intrests.

The salary of aerospace engineers is more than enough to support a family of 4 or 5.

Dangerous conditions are rare and usually only take the form of loud noises from equipment.

Most aerospace engineers visit factories where the parts or aircraft are being made, so it isn't just a bunch of sitting at a desk.

A large percentage of today's aerospace engineers are reaching retirement age, so there will be gaps that need to be filled when I graduate from college. I would like a job that:
Pays well enough to have a family and live comfortably.
Doesn't involve dangerous conditions.
Involves at least some work in the field.
Is stable enough to keep the job until retirement.
And involves technology or engineering that intrests me. Conclusion Career Goals Aerospace engineering intrests me because the design and problem solving aspect corresponds with my intrests in science and machines. Action Plan I will continue to participate in engineering-related extra-curricular activities, go to a good engineering college such as Purdue to get a bachelor's degree is mechanical engineering, and move to Seattle, California, Ohio, or Nevada to get a job as a mechanical design engineer in the aerospace industry. Bibliography http://www.indeed.com/salary/Mechanical-Design-Engineer.html








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