Mechanical/Aerospace Engineer Pathways Fellowship at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
over 2 years ago
The first month or two of my first rotation was somewhat slow, but this was due to reading manuals and specifications of the equipment and facilities I would be working in. Though at the time, this was felt somewhat tedious, it greatly pays off in the end. As for day to day, the best part about working at the Glenn Research Center is the job turnover. One day I could be working on a bleed plenum design to pull the boundary layer from the test section of a wind tunnel, the next I could be assisting in the operation of a test and data acquisition, and the next I could be working on a combustion stand modification. This has been one of the reasons working at the Glenn Research Center has been so enjoyable, it truly tests all portions of your Mechanical Engineering education.
What I have most enjoy though, is the resources available on site. I got to take classes and webinars on multiple topics from discussions of aero-gels to classes on different coding software. This all comes along with being able to work around people who are always willing to help, teach, and learn. This past summer during down time a technician took me under his wing to start teaching me metal working and welding.