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cvhsrobotics
07-13-2004, 07:42 PM
I just wanted to see the amount of people that plan on Working at JPL or NASA, I for one plan on working there :)

Swan217
07-13-2004, 07:47 PM
My career choice plans after college (In order):

DEKA engineer
NASA engineer
FANUC engineer
Other robotics field engineer

cvhsrobotics
07-13-2004, 07:51 PM
Same here just a little different

JPL Engineer
Private Company Engineer
Anything that pays a lot for engineering :p

Erin Rapacki
07-13-2004, 07:58 PM
Already was a:

DEKA Test Technician
NASA subcontractor - Space Suit Quality/Project Intern
JSF F135 Project Intern

Dave, may I work at JPL for next year's coop... pleeeeease? :D



ByE


erin

p.s. For all of those of whom I consulted... my Mom pounded the most sense into me. No, I'm not switching majors. Thanks to all of you!

RogerR
07-13-2004, 08:08 PM
i'd like to work for (frst one is the one i'd like most...)

JPL
Trek, cannondale, specialized, etc...
Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, etc...
as a fabricator in a chopper shop
harley-davidson

suneel112
07-13-2004, 08:58 PM
I have a friend and fellow HS senior team member (his name is Vivek) who is going to Pasadena. He is studying at Caltech this fall (an amazing thing considering he had the time to do FIRST and get a 4.0 in all honors classes and score above a 1500 in SAT). He may do an internship at JPL (If he continues a 4.0 and if I convince him enough [he doesn't like "Government Agencies"]).

I am only a junior but I have some Ideas of where I want to work

1. Start my own Engineering Firm (I have a plan, a name, and some pretty cool $-making Ideas)

2. Motorola (Yea Chicago, yea Wildstang!)
3. NASA (Preferrably JPL, but Cape Canaveral will work too)
4. Mercenary (Any company that will pay me a good, six-figure salary :D[after my masters] )

So to finally answer your question, YES, I want to work at JPL, but don't expect to see me any time soon. :yikes:

Ashley Weed
07-13-2004, 09:10 PM
hehe *evil grin* NASA looks nice, I have thought about it but it's not "conveniently located" for me.

... I have several connections to the FBI, and would deffinately like the benefits of a federal job. I know the government would love to utilize my IST degree and Albany's field office isn't that far from home. :shhhhh:don't tell Greg:yikes:

I'm still just uterly disappointed in myself about that FIRST job listing that came up last week... what an opportunity that passed me buy just a little too soon. :(

JVN
07-13-2004, 09:27 PM
All this other stuff sounds really exciting.
But... I hear they are doing incredible things in the shelving world. Maybe I'll become a shelving engineer.

Or cardboard boxes, I hear those are pretty cool also. I could be a box designer!

I mean... everyone needs shelves and boxes!

Ohh the possibilities are endless!


engineering isn't just spaceships folks...

Joshua May
07-13-2004, 09:31 PM
All this other stuff sounds really exciting.
But... I hear they are doing incredible things in the shelving world. Maybe I'll become a shelving engineer.

Or cardboard boxes, I hear those are pretty cool also. I could be a box designer!

I mean... everyone needs shelves and boxes!

Ohh the possibilities are endless!


engineering isn't just spaceships folks...

Personally, I plan on re-inventing the wheel.

I'd like to work with JPL or Lockheed or something similar as either a Software or Electrical Engineer, although i'm thinking about architecture.

dez250
07-13-2004, 09:34 PM
hehe *evil grin* NASA looks nice, I have thought about it but it's not "conveniently located" for me.

... I have several connections to the FBI, and would deffinately like the benefits of a federal job. I know the government would love to utilize my IST degree and Albany's field office isn't that far from home. :shhhhh:don't tell Greg:yikes:

I'm still just uterly disappointed in myself about that FIRST job listing that came up last week... what an opportunity that passed me buy just a little too soon. :(

Hey Ashley, the Albany field office for the FBI is only like 10 mins from one FIRST tea, 15 from another and about 30 mins from a 3rd team...

greencactus3
07-13-2004, 10:05 PM
My career choice plans after college (In order):

DEKA engineer
NASA engineer
FANUC engineer
Other robotics field engineer
FANUC!? :ahh: go KAWASAKI ROBOTICS! :D (my dads company)

well, what i wish to do is... invent something, get a patent. make LOTSA LOTSA money, get rich, and have plenty of money to tinker around with many fun stuff. like a segway. maybe even go for the x-prize :p ... come on. it MIGHT happen :D

Greg Needel
07-13-2004, 10:16 PM
ultimate goal: own R&D engineering/industrial design firm

other places that interest me: IDEO, DEKA, General Dynamics, and a few choice large companies with R&D (delphi, xerox, bausch and lomb)


already worked:

APL/NASA :Contour satellite: subsystem design (yes my design got on there)

Direct Dimentions Inc - private engineering firm

Center of Marine Biotechnology: worked on new ways to improve aquadic enviorments

DougHogg
07-13-2004, 10:59 PM
One of the cool things about JPL is that it is managed by Cal Tech (California Institute of Technology - http://www.caltech.edu/) for NASA, so I think that it has probably has a more academic feel to it than some NASA centers. (My son Robert works there, although he is on a sabatical at the moment.)

Greg Needel
07-13-2004, 11:22 PM
One of the cool things about JPL is that it is managed by Cal Tech (California Institute of Technology - http://www.caltech.edu/) for NASA, so I think that it has probably has a more academic feel to it than some NASA centers. (My son Robert works there, although he is on a sabatical at the moment.)


I canít speak for JPL but APL is managed by Johns Hopkins university and having worked there it is really not an academic environment. I am actually not sure about the university partnership beyond faculty and grad students.

Elgin Clock
07-14-2004, 05:52 AM
For a long time I have wanted to work for the LEGO corporation as some kind of model maker... LEGO's were definately an inspiration for my career path as I grew up. So was architecture for that matter.

Now, I just want to work somewhere close to home. I worked for a place where the commute everyday was a nightmare. Ughh..

Anyways, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

It would be great if I were independently wealthy to back up some of my eccentric ideas I have at times.

How did Dean do that again??
Oh yeah... that hard work thing... Hmm... Well, there goes that plan.. lol j/k

Anyways.. I don't know where I would like to work.

I do like doing things with my hands, and I also like seeing a project from concept to prototype to final stage. So, I don't know...
I guess my current studies at college for CAD are good for now, and then I will go from there.

I think I will always be in school. As much as I hate structured learning, it's the only way I actually do learn stuff. Actually, that is false, I learn a lot from side projects I do, like being involved in FIRST and also restoring an older vehicle.

The only thing that I do know is that I never want my career to take up my whole life.
If I have to devote more than say 40-50 hours a week to work, I don't want to spend all my time making money for somone else. I'd rather devote myself to my career if it were for me and my ideas - no matter how eccentric they may be. I know that may seem kind of selfish, but... Oh well.

indieFan
07-14-2004, 11:52 AM
But... I hear they are doing incredible things in the shelving world. Maybe I'll become a shelving engineer.

Or cardboard boxes, I hear those are pretty cool also. I could be a box designer!

I mean... everyone needs shelves and boxes!


Don't mock things before you check them out. One of the stories I heard from a professor at my school is that a senior design project involved going to a company that made pallets. There was only this one company anywhere in the Los Angeles vacinity that was making them at the time. One of the students realized this and started his own company making pallets.

Think about how many companies use pallets. Think about how the Port of Los Angeles uses pallets. Think about the fact that each pallet costs $10. Now think about how well that company must be doing.

Just some food for thought,
indieFan

JVN
07-14-2004, 12:16 PM
Don't mock things before you check them out.
Who says I'm mocking them?

Lot's of cool stuff out there (http://www.racksolutions.com/relay-rack-shelves-configurable.shtml).

Katie Reynolds
07-14-2004, 12:32 PM
All this other stuff sounds really exciting.
But... I hear they are doing incredible things in the shelving world. Maybe I'll become a shelving engineer.

Or cardboard boxes, I hear those are pretty cool also. I could be a box designer!

I mean... everyone needs shelves and boxes!

Ohh the possibilities are endless!


engineering isn't just spaceships folks... I always thought going into packaging engineering would be really cool. (http://www.uwstout.edu/programs/bsp/) And my dad used to work for a company that made correugated boxes ... now he works for a company that makes plastic totes, pallets and the like. It's actually all pretty neat. Unfortunately, I'm not too good with math, and the whole engineering thing wouldn't really work for me.

Anyway, I'd love to work for JPL/NASA. Not as an engineer, but as doing what I'm going to school for (scientific and technical communications)

That would be sweet. :D

Stu Bloom
07-14-2004, 01:16 PM
My career choice plans after college (In order):

DEKA engineer
NASA engineer
FANUC engineer
Other robotics field engineerHey Dan,

Read "Code Name Ginger" ...

I do love the guy ... but I could NEVER work for Dean. :ahh:

Mike AA
07-15-2004, 02:41 AM
Hey Dan,

Read "Code Name Ginger" ...

I do love the guy ... but I could NEVER work for Dean. :ahh:



I've still not gotten that book, I want it but not bought it. I guess It attributed to getting info offline and spending my money to make lotsa buttons with mico LEDs. In season 2005 look for the guy/team with buttons with 30 of the small (surface mount) LEDs.

I think I'd like to work for DEKA, I'm kinda having troubles with school and stuff but really good with hands on, I would definatly like to work for NASA in some way shape or form, one of my friends wants to be an astronaut (sp?). I wouldnt mind having to design the new shuttles and wire them, I'm attempting to get an electrical engineering degree in addition to my electrical lisence, heck you think college is hard? try college and 8 years or more of electrical work rewiring houses! the attic I was in last week was 100+ and EXTREMELY dusty, cramped and I had to be careful NOT to fall through the ceiling!

DougHogg
07-15-2004, 03:53 AM
I think I'd like to work for DEKA, I'm kinda having troubles with school and stuff but really good with hands on, I would definatly like to work for NASA in some way shape or form, one of my friends wants to be an astronaut (sp?). I wouldnt mind having to design the new shuttles and wire them, I'm attempting to get an electrical engineering degree in addition to my electrical lisence, heck you think college is hard? try college and 8 years or more of electrical work rewiring houses! the attic I was in last week was 100+ and EXTREMELY dusty, cramped and I had to be careful NOT to fall through the ceiling!

Sounds like you deserve an A+ for persistence. I am willing to bet that your wiring experience will come in handy when you get to engineering. You are ahead of me. I guess it's time for me to go back to school.

Mike AA
07-15-2004, 09:34 PM
Sounds like you deserve an A+ for persistence. I am willing to bet that your wiring experience will come in handy when you get to engineering. You are ahead of me. I guess it's time for me to go back to school.

Thanks, Thats what I'm planning.

miketwalker
07-16-2004, 09:37 AM
I personally really want to work for NASA or JPL. I'm interested in working with the manned flight rockets and components (i.e. processing of International Space Station items). I'm also interested in doing work similar to Lavery because automated robots interest me.

However, my long term goals are that I want to become an astronaut. That's my life-long dream, so I'm working towards it... even if I'm a really tall guy, I'll just have to be even better to make them want me more :-P

Joe Matt
07-16-2004, 09:40 AM
A good, good, good friend of mine (he's on CD too) wants to get into the aeronautical engineering field, and hopes to work with NASA some day.

As for me, my dream job is with Walt Disney Imagineering. But hey, I'm weird like that. :p Why just be an astronaut when you could make other people feel like they are? It's the idea of creating a story for other people to marvel and appreciate seems really cool. Also, I've never been a huge fan of going to DEKA. I don't know why, maybe it's just not my style of company.

jpsaul7usa
07-16-2004, 09:53 AM
Already was a:

DEKA Test Technician
NASA subcontractor - Space Suit Quality/Project Intern
JSF F135 Project Intern

Dave, may I work at JPL for next year's coop... pleeeeease? :D



ByE


erin

p.s. For all of those of whom I consulted... my Mom pounded the most sense into me. No, I'm not switching majors. Thanks to all of you!
What is the F135?

As for me, following college and grad school I dream of working for NASA and Disney. Not sure exactly why Disney will need a biochemist, but I'll find a way.

ChrisH
07-16-2004, 10:32 AM
What is the F135?

I believe that's a mistype of F-35. One of the programs I happen to be working on :)

Erin Rapacki
07-16-2004, 10:41 AM
What is the F135?

Oh, the F135 is the P&W Jet Engine for the F35... an upcoming American version of the Herrier aircraft. It has the capability to do vertical take-offs & landings.

http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/jsf/

phrontist
07-16-2004, 10:50 AM
If by some miracle I matriculate, China looks like the future hotspot for innovation.

Engineering is high stress though...

I think its more important to be good at what you do then to do what you want and suck at it. Engineers are the only thing preventing the technological meltdown of modern soceity. A minor mistake could kill many, many, people. Remember, with mass manufacturing, your mistake could copied millions of times.

I think I wanna be a highrise apartment engineer, nuclear power-plant engineer, or how about designing assembly lines for slaughterhouses. Yeah, those'd be a low-stress jobs :ahh:

As if the saftey of the consumer isn't enough to worry about, your throwing around some suit's wad of cash...

Honestly I think it would be hard to have enough confidence to be a professional engineer.

Erin Rapacki
07-16-2004, 12:39 PM
If by some miracle I matriculate, China looks like the future hotspot for innovation.

Engineering is high stress though...

I think its more important to be good at what you do then to do what you want and suck at it. Engineers are the only thing preventing the technological meltdown of modern soceity. A minor mistake could kill many, many, people. Remember, with mass manufacturing, your mistake could copied millions of times.

I think I wanna be a highrise apartment engineer, nuclear power-plant engineer, or how about designing assembly lines for slaughterhouses. Yeah, those'd be a low-stress jobs :ahh:

As if the saftey of the consumer isn't enough to worry about, your throwing around some suit's wad of cash...

Honestly I think it would be hard to have enough confidence to be a professional engineer.

This is the exact reason why we need MORE engineers! Yes, many people who go out and get an engineering degree may not have enough talent to provide a confident design, but at least they are trying to get a degree in something difficult... which means they are capable of learning, which means they could handle tough situations.

Many engineers work in teams to design a part or a product. As engineers grow within a company & get older, they may wish to specialize in an area. One of the areas is called Quality Assurance. This includes making sure all the documentation is in place for test procedures, assembly & manufacturing procedures, getting design changes signed-off, and making sure everyone is trained properly for their specific position.

If more people get engineering degrees, we could have more engineers designing... and equally, more Quality people nagging the engineers about making sure the product works properly.

I've worked on projects for the Air Force, NASA, and I'm very familiar with FDA approval procedures... trust me, everything is checked & rechecked hundreds of times.

The Glitch? At least one engineer may be aware of a problem but doesn't speak up about it. This could be either because the engineer is particularly shy or "low-level," or bad company politics would force them to ignore the problem hoping that nothing becomes of it. This is the real problem... and it's needing of a good solution.

This is where FIRST comes in with "gracious professionalism." Be honest, be caring, and in the workplace... speak up if something bothers your conscience. In FIRST, we are being taught the Ethics necessary to continue to grow as a technological society.


ByE

erin

ElfMaster
07-16-2004, 03:38 PM
Well after college and graduate school, I hope to work with NASA. I'm interning at a satellite lab now. Its fun. After that... Pirate for a year!

ChrisH
07-16-2004, 06:55 PM
Honestly I think it would be hard to have enough confidence to be a professional engineer.

It doesn't take confidence, it takes judgement. Even the PE exam is an exercise in good judgement.

Fortunately, you need to practice for several years under the authority of a more experienced engineer before you can even attempt the exam. So you have an opportunity to develop good judgement before you get into a position where you can get people hurt.

Remeber:

Good judgement is the result of Experience


Experience is the result of Poor Judgement

Michael Hill
07-16-2004, 08:34 PM
I would definately love to work at NASA. It is my dream job. I am trying to get to Purdue to major in aeronautics and minor in astrophysics.

KarenH
07-18-2004, 11:43 AM
Engineering is high stress though...

I think its more important to be good at what you do then to do what you want and suck at it. Engineers are the only thing preventing the technological meltdown of modern soceity. A minor mistake could kill many, many, people. Remember, with mass manufacturing, your mistake could copied millions of times.

I think I wanna be a highrise apartment engineer, nuclear power-plant engineer, or how about designing assembly lines for slaughterhouses. Yeah, those'd be a low-stress jobs :ahh:

Honestly I think it would be hard to have enough confidence to be a professional engineer.

Actually, the mistakes made by California P.E.'s can be pretty dumb. Go to:
Complaint and Enforcement Information (http://www.dca.ca.gov/pels/l_enforce.htm) and click on one of the "Disciplinary Actions Against Licensees" to view a whole slew of idiotic mistakes made by these people. The causes seem to be mostly ignorance or ethical deficiency. Most of these are civil-engineering cases, and most of them result in gross financial inconvenience for the customer, not injury or death.

I've been fascinated to read about these cases, ever since my husband got his P.E. license (he passed the exam on his second try, after gaining more mechanical experience in one season with a FIRST team).

The Board has also stated that there is a shortage of land surveyors in California, so if someone likes working outdoors, has good spatial reasoning abilities, and doesn't want to be an engineer, he or she could look into being a surveyor.

Adam Y.
07-18-2004, 05:25 PM
... I have several connections to the FBI, and would deffinately like the benefits of a federal job. I know the government would love to utilize my IST degree and Albany's field office isn't that far from home. :shhhhh:don't tell Greg
Hey I know the CIA wants engineers. I don't know why but they really really really want engineres. So much so that they were trying to recruit FIRST students at Atlanta. I got a pin and a pen light that didn't work.(I hope they don't want engineers to design pen lights.)
CIA
IRobot
Nuts and Volts or Servo Magazine
AnimatronicsI think its more important to be good at what you do then to do what you want and suck at it. Engineers are the only thing preventing the technological meltdown of modern soceity. A minor mistake could kill many, many, people. Remember, with mass manufacturing, your mistake could copied millions of times.
Actually there have been many many engineering mistakes when you think about it. There have been a few arenas that I know of that collapsed. The Tacoma Narrows bridge was technically built correctly even though it collapsed. I could go on but I really can't remeber anymore.