Aerospace Engineers: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:09)
David Walton works in the research and development sector of a defense contractor. He writes software to model and simulate how "yet-to-be-built" defense hardware is going to work and is somewhat involved in salesmanship.
Aerospace Engineers: Career Beginnings (01:58)
Walton holds degrees in computer science; he initially attended college for mechanical engineering. Walton obtained a job immediately after graduation and continues to work for the same company; he engages in on the job learning.
Aerospace Engineers: Keys for Success (02:12)
Walton has a significant amount of autonomy at his job. To obtain an autonomous position, be valuable to your superiors, surround yourself with others who are good at their jobs, go to work each day, and work hard.
Aerospace Engineers: Education and Certification Requirements (02:10)
Obtain a bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, or computer science. Walton obtained most of his valuable learning, outside of the degrees, from his coworkers. Stay abreast of current technology.
Aerospace Engineers: Workplace Atmosphere (01:52)
Walton works in a flexible, casual, and challenging environment; he has fun with coworkers. Dalton travels only when presenting a demonstration to customers.
Aerospace Engineers: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:10)
Take the opportunity to do difficult things when they present themselves. Make it a habit to challenge yourself.
Aerospace Engineers: Day on the Job (02:20)
Walton often writes software with other people involved in a particular project. He checks his email upon arrival at work, makes any necessary phone calls, fulfills requests, and responds to any "emergencies."
Aerospace Engineers: Industry Goals and Services (02:04)
The aerospace industry's purpose it to design, invent, create, and build components, and integrate them to create a system of "wholes." Walton's company focuses on the military aspect of aerospace engineering.
Aerospace Engineers: Industry Challenges (01:41)
Historically, the industry has been comprised of large companies. Now, it is increasingly possible for smaller companies to enter the industry, increasing competition.
Aerospace Engineers: Looking at the Future (04:02)
The ability to write software will become part of an engineer's toolbox of skills. Customers want to spend small on smaller pieces; flexibility in design is necessary.
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