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Posted: 12/19/2005 11:21:13 AM EDT
In alot of posts it seems like alot of ARFCOM members work in aerospace, myslef included.

So if you design or build things that fly or orbit check in and tell me how you like where you work. I'm in Aero/Astro Engineering doubling in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue so I'm starting to think about who to throw in with.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 11:23:30 AM EDT
Sorry, I'm a Civil Engineer. I design targets.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 11:34:51 AM EDT
I'm in Aero, I work for a company who's name sounds like Funnysmell.

You sound over qualified for most of our work. Start looking into defense contractors like GD. Orbital might be a good home also.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 11:35:47 AM EDT
Manager/technician general aviation avionics shop.
We do anything from cessna 150 to gulfstream.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 11:36:45 AM EDT
What do you do for HW?


Originally Posted By mleaky:
I'm in Aero, I work for a company who's name sounds like Funnysmell.

You sound over qualified for most of our work. Start looking into defense contractors like GD. Orbital might be a good home also.

Link Posted: 12/19/2005 12:50:24 PM EDT
When you interview, be sure to tell the company that you would like to see a typical office. If you like a work environment that is crappier than the worst teaching assistant's space, join Boeing.

What discipline interests you (flight sciences, structures, manufacturing, and so on)?

Don't expect much, it's just a job.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 12:52:51 PM EDT
Boeing here. Soon to be Boeing/Lockheed Martin=United Launch Alliance
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 12:53:52 PM EDT
I'm just a stupid wrench.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 12:57:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/19/2005 1:02:41 PM EDT by DukeSnookems]
Used to work at NASA (JSC) in various engineering and research roles.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 5:31:52 PM EDT
Former manufacturing engineer and mfg eng manager at Raytheon Aircraft (former Beech Aircraft). Lots of time supporting build activity on Bonanza/Baron and King Air assembly. Also did about a year of production flight test support, most of it on the T-1A (missionized BeechJet 400A) program. Spent nearly nine years there.

Got smart and left for the (Japanese) auto industry.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 5:51:27 PM EDT
A&P mechanic with 20+ years of experience. Casually looking at options in other fields.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 5:53:08 PM EDT
Former wrench moved into a sane career in Fire Alarms the pay is the same the headaches are fewer.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 5:54:15 PM EDT
Just stopping by in case I need a rocket surgeon some day.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 5:55:53 PM EDT
Former wrench/avs tech. Moved to a more stable career.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 5:58:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By QUIB:
A&P mechanic with 20+ years of experience. Casually looking at options in other fields.



Been thinking of taking the A&P course at NAA in Clearwater FL, in case of the day .50's really do get banned. I've done nothing but .50 work for 15 yrs. Beginning to see the writing on the wall and decided to look into other fields. The A&P course looks pretty interesting and looks like it pays pretty decent.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:01:51 PM EDT
Former: Military Wrench / Flight Engineer / Crew Chief / Loadmaster with an A&P
I got nothing on you guys.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:04:07 PM EDT
finishing up my A&P- not going to work in aerospace- too much crap to deal with. don't know what else yet.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:05:43 PM EDT
Can a person even get a foot in the door without the word "engineer" in their degree?

BS in physics, and soon to be a BS in chemistry. But I can't get anyone interested in me.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:07:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Pangea:
Boeing here. Soon to be Boeing/Lockheed Martin=United Launch Alliance



Do you have many folks that used to work at Boeing's Pueblo Colorado plant working with you now??
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:10:21 PM EDT
Boeing - I work in Supplier Quality for military programs. We're regionalized, so I may get involved with anything done in my region, which means I've worked on nearly all the military & space related programs that Boeing has.

If I didn't have 18 years invested, I would look at doing something else. My one regret is not staying in the military (USAF) for a career.

Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:15:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Armed_Scientist:
In alot of posts it seems like alot of ARFCOM members work in aerospace, myslef included.

So if you design or build things that fly or orbit check in and tell me how you like where you work. I'm in Aero/Astro Engineering doubling in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue so I'm starting to think about who to throw in with.



I am currently working as a Manufacturing Engineer at an aricraft plant in middle Tennessee.
I love my position, we work mostly on commercial aircraft. I deal with all types of
hole drilling equipment from automatic rivet machines to powerfeed drilling equipment.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:16:54 PM EDT
I'm an engineer at Bell Helicopter in their flight test group(although I think a monkey could do my job). I was a job-shopper for a few years, then got hired in August(same job still). So far so good. I get to travel, and I don't work in the typical maze of cubicles.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:20:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By batchman:

Originally Posted By Armed_Scientist:
In alot of posts it seems like alot of ARFCOM members work in aerospace, myslef included.

So if you design or build things that fly or orbit check in and tell me how you like where you work. I'm in Aero/Astro Engineering doubling in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue so I'm starting to think about who to throw in with.



I am currently working as a Manufacturing Engineer at an aricraft plant in middle Tennessee.
I love my position, we work mostly on commercial aircraft. I deal with all types of
hole drilling equipment from automatic rivet machines to powerfeed drilling equipment.


Old LTV?
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:22:52 PM EDT
... Military Aircraft - Mechanical Engineering. Specializing in design / engineering primary and secondary composite structures. Been with the company nearly 24 years and pretty much work without supervision on the most complex problems/issues on campus.

... Use nearly every high-tech software and system you can imagine required to design, engineer, estimate cost, present proposals, manage suppliers, appease customers, test & validate, tool, integrate systems, manufacture, launch & recover aircraft.

... Yes, it's the most uber-bitchin' job in the world and I'm damn fortunate to have it
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:37:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SWO_daddy:

Originally Posted By batchman:

Originally Posted By Armed_Scientist:
In alot of posts it seems like alot of ARFCOM members work in aerospace, myslef included.

So if you design or build things that fly or orbit check in and tell me how you like where you work. I'm in Aero/Astro Engineering doubling in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue so I'm starting to think about who to throw in with.



I am currently working as a Manufacturing Engineer at an aricraft plant in middle Tennessee.
I love my position, we work mostly on commercial aircraft. I deal with all types of
hole drilling equipment from automatic rivet machines to powerfeed drilling equipment.


Old LTV?



Well we are part of what at one time would be called LTV. The new "V" was recreated after the bankruptcy of LTV. We have only been part of the new "V" for the last couple of years and that is a story in itself. We have been through allot of acquisitions and name changes during my tenure of 20 years. The plant I work for has a long history. It was started before WWII and built everything from P-38's to dive bomers. We have been building parts of the C-130 for over fifty years.
I have been fortunate enough to work in several different areas of the plant from Tool Design,
N/C programming and now Manufacturing Engineering.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:45:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By batchman:

Originally Posted By SWO_daddy:

Originally Posted By batchman:

Originally Posted By Armed_Scientist:
In alot of posts it seems like alot of ARFCOM members work in aerospace, myslef included.

So if you design or build things that fly or orbit check in and tell me how you like where you work. I'm in Aero/Astro Engineering doubling in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue so I'm starting to think about who to throw in with.



I am currently working as a Manufacturing Engineer at an aricraft plant in middle Tennessee.
I love my position, we work mostly on commercial aircraft. I deal with all types of
hole drilling equipment from automatic rivet machines to powerfeed drilling equipment.


Old LTV?



Well we are part of what at one time would be called LTV. The new "V" was recreated after the bankruptcy of LTV. We have only been part of the new "V" for the last couple of years and that is a story in itself. We have been through allot of acquisitions and name changes during my tenure of 20 years. The plant I work for has a long history. It was started before WWII and built everything from P-38's to dive bomers. We have been building parts of the C-130 for over fifty years.
I have been fortunate enough to work in several different areas of the plant from Tool Design,
N/C programming and now Manufacturing Engineering.


Cool. Nice to see another Mfg E around. Though my undergrad is in Naval Architecture.

Some days I miss the coolness of working in an aircraft company covering 1 sq mile of ground, with its own airfield in the middle of the section, and kick ass bennies like a super-subsidized flying club and an employee skeet & trap club on company grounds.

But then I remember the sometimes extreme level of butt-headedness, the "that's not the way we do things here attitude", the idiotic cost accounting methods, and the union bullshit, and I'm glad I'm now being a supplier to Honda.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:52:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AeroE:
When you interview, be sure to tell the company that you would like to see a typical office. If you like a work environment that is crappier than the worst teaching assistant's space, join Boeing.



Hehe, people always think that NASA facilities look like some super fancy high tech facility like they see in the movies. Little do they know the inside of most of the buildings look more like a 1960s school with furniture to match. Of course the areas with lots of publicity traffic looked pretty darn cool, the new Mission Control looks just like you would picture it. We did get the coolest toys though, latest and greatest computers and equipment - on the ground at least. It took so long to certify stuff, by the time we flew it, it was obsolete.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 6:53:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 50cal:

Originally Posted By QUIB:
A&P mechanic with 20+ years of experience. Casually looking at options in other fields.



The A&P course looks pretty interesting and looks like it pays pretty decent.



My biggest bitch! The responsibility verses pay...........doesn’t balance out.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 7:02:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/19/2005 7:03:34 PM EDT by Winston_Wolf]

Originally Posted By DukeSnookems:

Originally Posted By AeroE:
When you interview, be sure to tell the company that you would like to see a typical office. If you like a work environment that is crappier than the worst teaching assistant's space, join Boeing.



Hehe, people always think that NASA facilities look like some super fancy high tech facility like they see in the movies. Little do they know the inside of most of the buildings look more like a 1960s school with furniture to match. Of course the areas with lots of publicity traffic looked pretty darn cool, the new Mission Control looks just like you would picture it. We did get the coolest toys though, latest and greatest computers and equipment - on the ground at least. It took so long to certify stuff, by the time we flew it, it was obsolete.



... Shiiiite, who works in their "office"?

... My "office" is my "loaded" hotrod-laptop in a lab, on an aircraft, at suppliers, in customer's offices, hotels, on the shop floor at CNC machines and at home.

... I do however like eat lunch and take short naps in my cubicle when time allows.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 7:18:45 PM EDT
ME with a concentration in Manufacturing. Worked for two of the Big Defense Contractors on some pretty interesting projects (Phalanx, Aegis, Trident II F/C and re-entry vehicles, Space Station, IREMBASS, Big Birds, Secure Com for NSA, etc etc).

I'm now consulting.

Bomber
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 7:26:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:

Originally Posted By DukeSnookems:

Originally Posted By AeroE:
When you interview, be sure to tell the company that you would like to see a typical office. If you like a work environment that is crappier than the worst teaching assistant's space, join Boeing.



Hehe, people always think that NASA facilities look like some super fancy high tech facility like they see in the movies. Little do they know the inside of most of the buildings look more like a 1960s school with furniture to match. Of course the areas with lots of publicity traffic looked pretty darn cool, the new Mission Control looks just like you would picture it. We did get the coolest toys though, latest and greatest computers and equipment - on the ground at least. It took so long to certify stuff, by the time we flew it, it was obsolete.



... Shiiiite, who works in their "office"?

... My "office" is my "loaded" hotrod-laptop in a lab, on an aircraft, at suppliers, in customer's offices, hotels, on the shop floor at CNC machines and at home.

... I do however like eat lunch and take short naps in my cubicle when time allows.



It was all the time for me. When I did secondary structures for prototype reentry vehicles, 90% of the time was in front of the Pro-E workstation. When I did research/simulation work, 80% was in front of SGI workstations and 20% in labs. That was part of the reason why I left so I started doing consulting where my office became planes, hotels, and client sites. Pretty exciting and fast paced but left for the best job (for me) of all, doing travel photography so I still get to enjoy the travel and fancy hotels but I get to be my own boss doing something I love and my office now includes exotic destinations as well as my recliner
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 7:52:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:

Originally Posted By DukeSnookems:

Originally Posted By AeroE:
When you interview, be sure to tell the company that you would like to see a typical office. If you like a work environment that is crappier than the worst teaching assistant's space, join Boeing.



Hehe, people always think that NASA facilities look like some super fancy high tech facility like they see in the movies. Little do they know the inside of most of the buildings look more like a 1960s school with furniture to match. Of course the areas with lots of publicity traffic looked pretty darn cool, the new Mission Control looks just like you would picture it. We did get the coolest toys though, latest and greatest computers and equipment - on the ground at least. It took so long to certify stuff, by the time we flew it, it was obsolete.



... Shiiiite, who works in their "office"?

... My "office" is my "loaded" hotrod-laptop in a lab, on an aircraft, at suppliers, in customer's offices, hotels, on the shop floor at CNC machines and at home.

... I do however like eat lunch and take short naps in my cubicle when time allows.



Well, I have a laptop and a desktop PC; 'course the PC only has DOS loaded for the last month, so it's basically taking up space.

Naps! We don't need no stinkin' naps! No time, no time, Lockheed is on our heels!

I had a job like that in 1999 and 2000 - spent my day begging folks al over the country to do their jobs, or at least make a wild guess about when they were going to do them. It was intense and interesting, but I was glad for a breather after the JSF proposal was submitted. The one person that was most reliable works in Mesa, although I believe his family suffered a little more than necessary.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 1:10:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Shooter505:

Originally Posted By Pangea:
Boeing here. Soon to be Boeing/Lockheed Martin=United Launch Alliance



Do you have many folks that used to work at Boeing's Pueblo Colorado plant working with you now??



I think we have about 60 that came down.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 1:46:25 AM EDT
How many of you who work in the aviation field, enjoy flying?
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 2:04:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:
I'm just a stupid wrench.



Same here.

USAF Crew Chief with an A&P
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 2:30:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Reaper:
Can a person even get a foot in the door without the word "engineer" in their degree?

BS in physics, and soon to be a BS in chemistry. But I can't get anyone interested in me.



Bachelor's in physics, rapidly approaching master's in physics, with work in geospatial analysis/GIS. I'm also looking in the defense/government realm, from several different angles.

The defense and government job descriptions often specify "engineering degree OR..." some other degree/experience/combination. They seem to know what they're talking about...where private sector job descriptions, written by HR, assume that "Engineer" positions must always be filled by someone who holds a BS in Engineering. It's true sometimes, but not all the time.

I'm looking to get a foot in the door. If the state board allows, I'll gladly take the EIT and work on my PE credentials, and pursue further education as necessary. If that's working on a BSME/BSEE, fine, if that's working on a graduate degree, that's fine too. It's okay even if it's just taking additional coursework.

So, how 'bout it guys, anyone work for a company that wants to hire a few physical scientists? Job leads are extremely welcome!

Jim
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 2:39:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By KS_Physicist:

So, how 'bout it guys, anyone work for a company that wants to hire a few physical scientists? Job leads are extremely welcome!

Jim



... Sure do! Click on the Employment link at the top of the page: www.boeing.com/
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 3:55:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By newbushmaster:
How many of you who work in the aviation field, enjoy flying?



I do! Still love every minute of it!
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 4:10:29 AM EDT
Are space shuttle door gunners included?
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 5:01:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:

Originally Posted By KS_Physicist:

So, how 'bout it guys, anyone work for a company that wants to hire a few physical scientists? Job leads are extremely welcome!

Jim



... Sure do! Click on the Employment link at the top of the page: www.boeing.com/



Yep, that's on my list of periodic searches, and I get updates from the Boeing job search engine every week or so. But I only signed up for that about three weeks ago, so it's too early to tell what might come up.

I'm keeping an eye on Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, among others. NASA is high on my list...

Jim
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 5:17:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By newbushmaster:
How many of you who work in the aviation field, enjoy flying?



If it weren't for the flying, I would've left long ago.

SAMSI

Subhumanoid Aircraft Mechanical Systems Inspector & sometimes Flight Equipment Specialist, IT guy, flight planning consultant, spark & wire chaser and chief bottle washer.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 8:56:38 PM EDT
Meh, just a wrench for a small airline based in Atlanta, GA. I'm actively searching for another job. I don't know if it will still be in aviation or not, but I want the fuck out of where I'm at right now!
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 1:37:27 AM EDT
Blue Origin and Space Ex are hiring.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 2:08:09 AM EDT
20+ years in aircraft maintenance for me. Cushy corporate DM job, no current complaints.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 5:38:58 AM EDT
I am a senior engineer with Lockheed Martin Aero - Palmdale, Advanced Development Projects, otherwise known as Skunk Works.

Up till a few years ago, I am part of the a flight test team and have some seat time. Now I am too "old" and "senior" to fly, now they keep me on the ground.

Yes, we are looking for engineer, who is willing to work in Palmdale, California. Send your resume my way and I'll pass it thru the chain.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 5:47:22 AM EDT
I shot myself into the stratosphere in an F4 once, does that count?

(I was just out of college and too stupid to know better. Midday over Hawaii, and I got up to where it was dark and I could see the stars and the curvature of the earth and the controls were completely mushy. Then an engine snuffed with a huge bang and flames out the intake and we came tumbling down for about 30,000'. Boy, was my RIO pissed. )
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 5:53:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 50cal:

Originally Posted By QUIB:
A&P mechanic with 20+ years of experience. Casually looking at options in other fields.



Been thinking of taking the A&P course at NAA in Clearwater FL, in case of the day .50's really do get banned. I've done nothing but .50 work for 15 yrs. Beginning to see the writing on the wall and decided to look into other fields. The A&P course looks pretty interesting and looks like it pays pretty decent.



Dude, most A&P mechs are bailing, retiring or as one poster put it, casually looking at options in other fields. The only jobs in maintenance that were really good were union airline jobs 20 years ago. It has been down hill ever since. I have a niche where I can make it work but mine is the only job of it's kind in my state. Run Forrest! Run!
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 5:54:21 AM EDT
Blue Origin wants five years of experience in air/space related work for any open position they're hiring, and they do specify BS Engineering for their engineering positions. Space X has an open-ended application request, so I might send in an app and resume to see if they have an interest.

I'm a new graduate, BA physics MS physics GC geospatial analysis, no engineering degree. (Depending on the state, I can take the FE exam for EIT...).

Anyway, I don't mean to turn the thread into a job hunting project. Thanks for any leads anyway!
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 6:00:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2005 6:01:22 AM EDT by chuckhammer]
I'm a Mechanical Engineer doing turbomachinery structures work, mostly on military engines.

Currently working on an engine for a Mach 3 - Mach 4 cruise missile.
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 8:45:01 AM EDT
been in aircraft since 1980 in the military, did a year at General Dynamics (now Lockheed) and have been with Vought Aircraft Inc for 21 years now. Good job maybe the company could be run a bit better buit its alright. I build the upper lobe for the 747.....
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 8:48:24 AM EDT

I build the upper lobe for the 747...


Why can't you guys build and escape hatch in the aft protion of the lobe? Our 74 cargo's only have one right near / above the engineer (pre 400's). Ever seen how fat some crewmembers could get? I aint waiting and I aint trusting the lowering cable system as well

For real, I always though one should be installed in the hump/ lobe for NFP's and NFC's.

Thoughts?

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