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Question for a Aerospace Engineer. For a class to find a career.
What is your average day like?

What prior experience was required for this job?

What education and/or training did you need for this job?

What skills do I need to advance within this field?

What does the future hold for this type of career?

What advice would you give someone wanting to launch a career in your field?

How do you design things?

How do you know if it will work if you design things?

Is there anything that you wish you did to prepare for this career?

What do you wish to do in this career next?(If anything?)

How does this job affect your family?

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1. What is your average day like?
There are no average days... I may be assigned to a small project that will take a week or two, or I may be studying or designing a single idea for up to a year. Design requires conference calls, researching statistics, looking up studies by others, what the customer wants, etc.

2. What prior experience was required for this job?
An engineering degree, and to a large extent knowing someone that recommends you for the job.

3. What education and/or training did you need for this job?
An engineering degree, and since I was a pilot that helped too.

4 What skills do I need to advance within this field?
An engineering degree, and to a large extent knowing someone that recommends you for the job. My first job (that lead to many others) was from Continental Airlines calling the Aviation Engineering Dept and ask the faculty to recommend several students. I was one of three students recommended. I eventually became the shift supervisor.

5. What does the future hold for this type of career?
More than anything else I believe material science is becoming more important.

6. What advice would you give someone wanting to launch a career in your field?
Make close buddies while in school and keep in contact with them. Likely one of them will get a better job then you have and if they like you, will help you get hired.

7. How do you design things?
Basically...
a) Design criteria is received, such as what inputs will be recived, and what outputs are needed.
b) Research existing designs, products, and solution.
c) Modify, update to newer materials, as needed
d) Test and verify it does what is wanted

8. How do you know if it will work if you design things?
A prototype or proof of concept is built first, then tested.

9. Is there anything that you wish you did to prepare for this career?
Being a pilot before I got my engineering degree has been very helpful.

10. What do you wish to do in this career next?(If anything?)
I would like to design a small airplane of my own design.

11. How does this job affect your family?
The hours are sometimes very long and the work is not always steady.

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SMALL & LARGE PLANES - Aeronautics, Aerodynamics, Designing, Fabricating, Trouble shooting, Repairs, Flight testing, Fluid & Pneumatic controls, Engines, Propellers, Sheet metal, Rivets, Electronics, Fabric, Schools, Career choices, Aircraft systems.

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FAA certified commercial pilot FAA certified (A&P) Air-frame & Power-plant mechanic Aeronautical Engineer - University of Anchorage (Alaska) High school instructor, computers, robotics and aviation Current president of EAA chapter 837 (Payette, ID) Past Director of Maintenance (two airlines) Past Continental Airlines maintenance shift supervisor (Anchorage, Alaska)

Organizations
Current president of EAA chapter 837 (Payette, ID)

Education/Credentials
FAA certified commercial pilot, FAA certified (A&P) Airframe & Powerplant mechanic, Aeronautical Engineer - University of Alaska (Anchorage), FCC MROP-Marine Radio Operators License, FCC GROL-General Radio Operators License, FCC RADAR endorsement, GEN FAM certificates MD aircraft, GEN FAM certificates Boeing aircraft, State Instructor License, High school instructor, computers, robotics and aviation

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Continental Airlines, University of Alaska, Pegasus Aircraft Maintenance, Klondike Air, Methow aviation, Bridget Mina Infant Foundation, Aviation Wholesale Supply, Bureau of Land Managment

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