So I graduated back in Dec. 2011 with an aerospace bachelors and have been applying ever since here and there. I spoke with an acquaintance in the field who gave me some advice after about 8 months after graduating. He had told me my resume was horrible so I revamped the whole thing with his assistance to a quality he saw fitting. I started applying again this January and out of the 20 some odd jobs I have applied to I get one email stating to send a transcript. Out of the entirety of all my applications (probably over 50) that was the only positive result!! I am applying for entry level propulsion positions with the updated resume (my buddy told me to specify what you want and to not be vague); I make sure there are NO experience requirements. Before the resume revamp I applied for any entry level aero position whatsoever. I graduated with a 3.20. So McDonald's it is? Haha. I dont know how long these things take really but I feel like Im getting kind of stale in what I know so eventually after 2 years and nothing I will be completely out of the market for anyone to want to hire me. A look at my resume for some perspective (one thing to note is that I do not have internship experience and most intern positions require you to be currently enrolled in school which I am not): OBJECTIVE: Seeking a full-time, entry-level analysis or design engineering position in the field of aerospace propulsion. Willing to relocate. SOFTWARE EXPERIENCE (years): MATLAB (2), AutoCAD (1), ProE (1), C++ (1), Simulink (1), Microsoft Office (8+), LabVIEW (1), VuCalc (1). EDUCATION B.S. Aerospace Engineering (December 2011) University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL GPA: 3.20/4.00, Dean’s List (Spring 2011) Relevant Coursework: Propulsion Lab, Rocket / Chemical Propulsion, Electric Propulsion, Airbreathing Propulsion, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Compressible and Incompressible Flow, Aerospace Systems Design, Control Systems Design, Flight / Orbital Mechanics, Engineering Materials, Thermodynamics, Probability Theory, Electrical Circuits, Structural Statics and Dynamics, Organic Chemistry. Senior Design Project: - Propulsion Analyst and Designer for hybrid (aerostat and fixed-wing) heavy lift airship. - Design constraints included cruise speed, altitude, takeoff distance, cargo weight, packaging, and technology readiness level. - Trade studies performed to maximize fuel efficiency by selecting engine configuration and propeller blade design (rotational rate, pitch, activity factor, diameter, quantity, tip speed). - Analyzed thrust, fuel consumption, and total engine-configured efficiency as a function of Mach number. Aerodynamics Lab Project: - Designed an aerodynamically efficient model of a high speed rail car as part of a four-person team. - Subsonic wind tunnel testing performed with a load cell to determine the drag coefficient. - Analyzed the vehicle wake velocity profile. Other Laboratory Experience: - Conducted Schlieren imaging on a nozzle to examine the effects of underexpanded and perfectly expanded flows. - Measured the jet thrust of a converging nozzle using a load cell. - Performed subsonic wind tunnel testing of pitot - embedded airfoils to determine surface pressure distributions. - Manufactured graphite / epoxy composite laminate coupons for use in tensile testing. - Designed a proportional-integral-derivative controller (PID) with appropriate controller gains for a compound pendulum with constraints in overshoot, rise time, and steady-state error. - Tensile testing used in conjunction with strain gauges to produce experimental stress versus strain diagrams of various metals and alloys. - Predicted and measured the deflection of beams subjected to combined loading. - Estimated the stress concentrations of complex geometrical structures using photoelasticity. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATIONS Engineer-in-training (EIT) Certification, License No. 061.036266 (October 2011) Position: Foreman, ------ Builders (2006-current), Responsible for hosting real estate showings. Coordinated and supported landscaping crew. Part-time while pursuing degree. Position: Volunteer, ------t Area Jaycees (2012), Construction and organization of haunted house fundraiser. Participated in Thanksgiving food drive.