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QUESTION: Greetings, Mr. Zumwalt,
I'm currently working on a school project that involves interviewing a couple of engineers— specifically a aerospace engineers in my case, and I was hoping you would take the time to answer some questions. Aside from this being a mandatory school project, aerospace engineering is legitimately interesting to me, and I hope to learn a couple things from an actual aerospace engineer. If this is an inconvenient time for you, I understand.
Sincerely,
Ivan G

ANSWER: Sure, I would be happy to help :)

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QUESTION: I am so sorry for my delayed response! I have AP exams coming up soon, and I've been swamped. Anyway, I would like to follow up on some basic questions.

What is your current job title? Feel free to describe your particular job/duties in a usual day at work.

What does your average work schedule look like?

Starting with high school, would you please describe, in chronological order, your educational background? (This one is especially interesting because I'm in AP Calculus BC).

If could go back to specific points in time, related to your career or education, would you do anything differently?

What advice do you have to give to young, aspiring engineers? It could be anything from personal things, like having a particular mindset, to something academic, like high school courses/university majors.

Thanks again for your time!

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1) What is your current job title? Feel free to describe your particular job/duties in a usual day at work.
- I retired about 5 years ago.

2) What does your average work schedule look like?
- An average work day for me was different each day. Usually I managed projects of various lengths and usually had to manage several at one time. So my time would be spent each day on communication or decisions that needed to be made for each project to keep going.

3) Starting with high school, would you please describe, in chronological order, your educational background? (This one is especially interesting because I'm in AP Calculus BC).
- First I became a pilot, then about ten years later I became a A&P, during my A&P school I enjoyed it so much I immediately turned around and worked for my engineering degree. I never expected to become an engineer.

4) If could go back to specific points in time, related to your career or education, would you do anything differently?
- Yes, at one point I was a night shift supervisor for Continental airlines. The people and the work was really great. Working at night we were left alone by management and enjoyed ourselves. I worked as shift supervisor for about 4 years and I wish I never had left.

5) What advice do you have to give to young, aspiring engineers? It could be anything from personal things, like having a particular mindset, to something academic, like high school courses/university majors.
- When you find something you are enjoying, stay with it and don't worry about taking something else with better pay. I also was heavily involved in the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association), helping others is very rewarding.

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Jan Zumwalt

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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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