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  1. Thank you both for your insights I did my last internship at a chemical plant, and the lead engineer said something similar. He worked for a private company on aluminium cases for a rocket(I believe the Ariana 5, but Im not sure about that), and he said that the design was from the '80s. They didn't want to improve and the work was slow and without challenge. He was gone within 5 months he said. That troubles me though. I expect agencies such as NASA & ESA(which is in Europe and hence, in my country(indeed, The Netherlands)), provide great challenge for their engineers and have a good work environment, focused on improvement and new stuff. Though at this moment ESA is doing a great job(like the Philea lander and Europe's soon to be new navigation satillites(Galileo System)). Or at least, I think they do. Most things are exaggerated(though in my opinion thats thanks to all those guys who studied Economics and are only good in doing that: exaggerating (did study economics for 1.5 yrs, and I'm really happy I study something good now). So on the question of I want to do the least possible to come by: No. I want to face challenges, maybe call in some help from the lead engineer or do a few courses here and there, and make sure all products I design are good(quality as well as safe). As I mentioned, I want to do a master Structural Engineering. I'm also looking for a course into Thermodynamics and Aerodynamics. Maybe even a course in Electrical components. It all appeals very interesting to me. Quite interesting you said that though. I had a similar argument with a lead engineer of a company where I did a internship interview(got the internship, but I decided to do my internship at another company). He told me a lot of engineers just dont know what they are doing and think they know it all. He even had a few discussions with some professors. Though they agreed with him in the end(he doesnt have a bachelors but is in the field for over 40 years now). I had to agree with him that even in the field of engineering, a lot of folks just.. do stuff. And are not interested in if its safe or not. They just dont care and do the least possible to come by. To bad..
  2. Interesting post DrD. Though Im just a fourth year student(and thus almost done), I am afraid I will face a lot of problems which I havent learned yet. For example, my internship that should leat to my degree asks for various problems on which I do not have a lot of knowledge. In short I need to upgrade their pumps for new contractors, and thus have to learn how fluids and pumps work. I had a course in pumps(law of bernoulli) but thats about it. Though I like the challenge! On to your questions: 1: First of all, I like to begin in 2D(just some simple drawings to see how the loads apply) and work that out to 3D-moddeling. If Im done with that we use FEMAP from Siemens. If im not able to use any of these programs, I should have to learn how to do without software. Though that might get very interesting! 2:University of Rotterdam teaches the students to use Autocad(2D) and Inventor(3D) as well as FEMAP. MATLAB is also included. 3: In short: No. But as i wrote before, Im not confident at all in my skills. There is simply to much to learn, and a short time to do that in. @JAG Engineering LLC Did I just read you were in the Space Industry? Can you recommend me some books/literature? It's kind of my dream to work in the Space Industry later on. Im planning to do my masters after this, while working. But only the master Structural Engineering is available to me parttime(although everything begins with a structure a box to play in. Right?). Thank you! With kind regards, Michel
  3. Dear reader, At this moment I am in my final year of Mechanical Engineering(bachelors) in the Netherlands. As some of you might know, the Netherlands is the home of ESTEC, the European Space Agencies Research and Development centre. At this moment I am looking for an internship(which I might have found in a steelconstruction company whom I think do their work great and where I can create a solid base to build my carreer on(I mean, lets start at the basics of ME, how to calculate a construction correctly)). Though I do not know how I should ever get from there, to a very interesting job in the space industry(it's kind of my dream to help build space related stuff). I'm 24 years old now, and don't want to do my masters, due to the (at least) 3 years of study added to it. I was wondering of any of you would know another way to reach the space industry, besides a masters programme(if it means I need to study besides work, then I would gladly take that chance! However, as far as I know, Universities do not offer parttime courses). Thanks for the help! With kind regards, Michel
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