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Career as a satelite engineer?

  1. Dec 28, 2013 #1
    I would like some good colleges for satelite engineering also can I have a job description including the salary of a satelite engineer.
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  3. Dec 28, 2013 #2
    Top three that come to my mind are:

    Cal Poly

    Look for programs that have CubeSat (Amateur student built satellites) as research projects.
  4. Dec 28, 2013 #3
    CUbesat I did just look that up and it looks fascinating. What would be the price to make a mini satelite like a cubesat. Where would you suggest I get the parts for the cube. Can I use it as a satelite.
  5. Dec 28, 2013 #4

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    I need to rant a bit first.

    It's satellite, not satelite. You will need to learn to write well if you want to be a satellite engineer. It's a coffee stain on the flip-down trays kind of thing. A president of an airplane company went a bit ballistic when he saw coffee stains on the flip-down trays in one of his company's commercial aircraft. He looked at those stains from the perspective of a passenger who might think, "If the airline can't properly maintain the stuff that I can see, what does that mean about how they maintain the stuff I can't see, such as the engines and wings?" Those stains on the flip-down trays mean passengers looking for different airline on their next flights.

    If you can't spell satellite correctly, why would a potential employer want you onboard? Satellite engineering is a very precise and very careful business, and your key misspelling exhibits the opposite of those traits. A potential employer will see that key misspelling and might think, "If he doesn't care to spell satellite correctly, how sloppy is his engineering and mathematics? Hiring him might mean losing a hundred million dollar satellite."

    End rant.

    There is no such degree as satellite engineering. The field is too specialized to merit its own degree program. What you want to study most likely is aerospace engineering, with a focus on the space side of aerospace. The top two schools in this area are Caltech and MIT. MIT is *the* top school in many technical disciplines, but not in aerospace. It's second best. That's Caltech. Caltech owns the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There is no better playground for a budding satellite engineer than JPL. Other top-notch schools include (listed alphabetically) Berkeley, Cornell, Embry-Riddle, Georgia Tech, Princeton, Purdue, Stanford, Texas A&M, University of Illinois, University of Colorado, University of Texas, and Virginia Tech.
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  6. Dec 29, 2013 #5
    You seem to be asking random questions like a 14yo. I suggest you stop & think far more clearly about your questions & responses.
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    I find it amusing that you went on a rant about mispelling when you typed "to" instead of the correct spelling of the word "too." :tongue:
  8. Dec 29, 2013 #7

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    Muphry's law strikes again!
  9. Dec 30, 2013 #8
    Gosh, this is a rough crowd. The real question is what to study if one were interested in building spacecraft.

    Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering would be a good start. Thermodynamics is another. And don't forget about fluid dynamics. The latter has a lot to do with how chemical rocket engines work. Furthermore, to be effective at getting work in this field, I strongly suggest you look in to at getting a Master's Degree.

    That said, these courses are common in any Engineering curriculum. So the question I would pursue is how to get your foot in the door with a firm that builds spacecraft. Look around at firms in this business. Find out where they are, and then look for engineering schools nearby. See which firms have student coop programs.

    and then... Good Luck! (this is a very competitive business, so you're going to need a bit of luck to get anywhere).
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