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Posted: 6/16/2009 2:19:21 PM EST
I just recently graduated with an engineering degree from Texas A&M, and am looking for employment in the defense industry. I am very proficient in Solid Works and have even developed my own modern-styled small caliber target/hunting rifle design. I would be happy to provide more information as requested. Thanks.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 2:51:43 PM EST
Lord save us from Aggie designed firearms!
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 2:54:06 PM EST
Could we see pics? Not of the internals, but the firearm in general. Also, what kind of degree did you get?
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 2:57:29 PM EST
Solid Works? Did you get a degree in Engineering Technology, or a BS in Engineering?

Don't get defensive, it's a valid question.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 2:58:55 PM EST
Originally Posted By sheltot:
Lord save us from Aggie designed firearms!


Beats UT Nerf Gun designers.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 3:03:20 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 3:17:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 3:18:10 PM EST by SW-14]
I have a degree in aerospace engineering. We used SolidWorks quite a bit to develop a rapid prototype of the plane our team designed for wind tunnel testing, so I got pretty good with it. Here's the plane that was made in SolidWorks and rendered in 3dsMax:



...and the actual RP model:



And here's an exterior shot of the rifle:

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 3:19:36 PM EST
Thanks ultramagbrion, I had looked at their site earlier but couldn't find a link to the employment section.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 3:21:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By SW-14:

And here's an exterior shot of the rifle:



cool that you can do that. but I don't like the bore being above the top of the stock like that. Seems to make muzzle rise an issue.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 3:22:15 PM EST
How do you get an aggie off of your front porch?

Pay for your pizza.

I keed...I keed...
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 3:25:44 PM EST
Wilson Combat recently posted an ad on this site wanting to hire an engineer.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 3:27:13 PM EST
Yes, I actually applied to that position earlier this afternoon.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 3:28:28 PM EST
Good luck.

I graduated from RPI w/ B.S. Mechanical Engineering in 2007.
I believe that I contacted and applied to all the firearms companies and, except for LWRC, did not receive any responses.

I also designed my own rifle (.408 CheyTac/bullpup sniper type rifle) while in school. It did not seem to help.

I'm planning on starting my own business doing this stuff eventually, but it can take a while when you have a day job.

I'd suggest that you learn to run a mill and a lathe, and weld. That way you can build this stuff yourself.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 3:33:32 PM EST
Originally Posted By GeorgiaBII:
Originally Posted By SW-14:

And here's an exterior shot of the rifle:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/SW-14/riflemodel-bananamag.jpg


cool that you can do that. but I don't like the bore being above the top of the stock like that. Seems to make muzzle rise an issue.


its a .22
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 3:44:51 PM EST
Another thing to keep in mind.
(IMHO)

Don't tie yourself to Solidworks too much. It is a powerful tool, but it is just a tool.

As an engineer, you can do a whole lot more than run Solidworks.
If you don't keep that in mind, you might get into a position as a Solidworks/drafting guy, vs. engineering.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 5:47:40 PM EST
No, I don't mean it like that. I've just seen it as a requirement or major plus for the few industry jobs I've looked at.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 5:49:30 PM EST
There is a post over in the Job Section with Wilson looking for an engineer.

Good luck and GIg'em.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 5:51:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By Bill247:
How do you get an aggie off of your front porch?

Pay for your pizza.

I keed...I keed...


Link Posted: 6/16/2009 5:52:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By GeorgiaBII:
Originally Posted By SW-14:

And here's an exterior shot of the rifle:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/SW-14/riflemodel-bananamag.jpg


cool that you can do that. but I don't like the bore being above the top of the stock like that. Seems to make muzzle rise an issue.



Looks like a kid scribbled it with a crayon on the back of a place mat.

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 6:09:38 PM EST

I just took a quick screenshot from the program. Didn't want to bother taking the time to render it nicely. Here's a render of a previous version:
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 6:16:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By SW-14:

I just took a quick screenshot from the program. Didn't want to bother taking the time to render it nicely. Here's a render of a previous version: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/SW-14/riflerender.jpg




What's it do?

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 6:20:25 PM EST
Sending an IM now.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 6:26:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By sheltot:
Lord save us from Aggie designed firearms!

Thats right. Lord Save You.

An Aggie engineered round would take your head off from a near miss from even further away than a .50 BMG.

THATS how awesome it would be.



WHOOP
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:01:42 PM EST
Gig 'em
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:08:25 PM EST
You might check CH2M Hill, they have alot of projects going, including widening the Panama Canal.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:08:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By SW-14:

I just took a quick screenshot from the program. Didn't want to bother taking the time to render it nicely. Here's a render of a previous version: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/SW-14/riflerender.jpg

that is pretty cool, put a slight angle in that grip then it would be perfect
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:47:27 PM EST
Cool AGIE, MOFO, I spent 19 years om the bench fixing "gun desindners"" mistakes, I'm a retired gunsmith. I say you dont know shit. I'll just leave it at that.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:06:57 PM EST
Originally Posted By mechanicalboonie:
Good luck.

I graduated from RPI w/ B.S. Mechanical Engineering in 2007.
I believe that I contacted and applied to all the firearms companies and, except for LWRC, did not receive any responses.

I also designed my own rifle (.408 CheyTac/bullpup sniper type rifle) while in school. It did not seem to help.

I'm planning on starting my own business doing this stuff eventually, but it can take a while when you have a day job.

I'd suggest that you learn to run a mill and a lathe, and weld. That way you can build this stuff yourself.


And he'll know at least something of the processes used to make whatever he designs...meaning he won't design in things that can't be done....or only done with a great deal of expense/time.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:16:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By USGI_45:
Originally Posted By SW-14:

I just took a quick screenshot from the program. Didn't want to bother taking the time to render it nicely. Here's a render of a previous version: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/SW-14/riflerender.jpg




What's it do?



Shoots bullets.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:32:26 PM EST
Not to be a threadshitter here, but...

1. Pay for team membership and check out the Jobs board if you haven't already.
2. What's your background in solid mechanics ( I hear aeros call it "structures"? ) Anybody can draw a cool picture of a gun, it's a bit more challenging to design one that doesn't kaboom.

Best of luck to you.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:33:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 8:35:42 PM EST by TxTech0011]
haha good luck. Don't mention you are an aggie that can only hurt you.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:36:36 PM EST
Why dont you apply at Larue?
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