Current Job Title:
Propulsions Engineer - Mechanical Systems
Describe your current job:
At GE Aviation, I work in military propulsions - specifically on the T901 program. This next generation turbo-shaft engine will power all future Blackhawks & Apache helicopters utilized by the US army and several allies. In my role, I own engine turbomachinery and structural hardware such as rotating parts, cases/frames, airfoils, bearings and more. I am responsible for performing designs and analysis, defining manufacturing methods, support for production quality and field investigations. I also interface with all engineering functions, supply chain, sourcing, leadership and external customers to make sure the requirements set by the army, are met and exceeded.
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is the pride you take in knowing you're contributing to the safety of the country and the men and women who rely on the safety of the product to get them back to their family and friends. Being an engineer, you're entrusted from the first day with several responsibilities and expected to perform the task at hand to the highest level. Working for GE, the culture and atmosphere is very inviting and rewarding. Having good coworkers, you can rely on makes the day go smoothly. The most challenging part has been the learning curve and trying to acclimate to a bountiful information pouring in at the same time. Jet engine is a complicated piece of machinery and once you think you've got it figured out, you realize, there's more to it.
If you had a campus job or internship, how did they impact your career development?
Throughout college, I held several internships, was vice president and public relations officer for the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics at WMU. This experience helped propel me from the very first day on the job. This taught me how to be a well-rounded worker, communicate effectively and also contribute during meetings I've had. Without these experiences, the impact I made from the get-go wouldn't have been possible. I am fortunate that the knowledge I gathered early on, has made a tremendous impact in my career development.
What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college?
When opportunity knocks, open the door. Having relevant experiences are what will set you apart from everyone. Aerospace Engineering is a difficult field so being aware of opportunities such as joining RSO's, internships and hands on research is what will advance your knowledge to the next level. Having high grades is good, but what will directly impact getting jobs and also make your college career easier is networking and forming relationships early on. Having soft skills such as effective communication, teamwork, work ethic and being dependable is a benefiting factor in the industry and managers keep an eye out for these.