Why space? Need help in deciding what to do?
Learn from those currently working in the sector why they chose to work in the space industry and get practical advice.
|| Max Stolack || Organization
|| Pratt & Whitney
|| Job Title
|| Project Engineer, Launch Vehicles
|| West Palm Beach, FL
Our group is responsible for coordinating the activities of several
departments involved with the manufacture, assembly, and test of
experimental jet and rocket engines. One of our main responsibilities is
troubleshooting problems so that the engine is built and tested properly, and
is on-time and on-budget. |
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|| Career Path
Originally, I thought about a career in robotics but shifted to rocket propulsion and composite materials in my junior year. No direct job opportunity in space presented itself so I took a job working on jet engines before transferring internally to develop rocket engines for spaceflight.
The thing I like best about the space industry is that you can see the big
picture. When we take our engine to the test range and watch it work, we
can see the results of our labor.
||Words of Wisdom
Do not be afraid of changing jobs or careers. Space is made up of a whole
range of organizations, big and small, private and government. Each person
will find a different level of happiness in a different type of organization.
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