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Turbofan Combustor Aero Design: Getting ready for interview

  1. Mar 5, 2014 #1
    Hello! I recently applied for a "Combustor Aero Design" position at GE aviation and I am very optimistic that I will at least get called in for in interview. The position wants someone with 3 years of experience in an engineering position. I only have 2, but I still think I have an advantage because I work for a contractor who works almost exclusively for GE aviation (we are right up the street). So for 2 years I have been working exclusively on GE aviation engine components.

    Fortunately, all of my design experience has all been in the combustor section of the engine. The downside is that my experience has been solely 'mechanical' design and not 'aero' design.

    So here is where I could use some suggestions. I am reviewing all of the work that I have done from a mechanical design standpoint so that I can speak intelligently about it. I would also like to do some review on my aero since I have not used it since college.

    Since aero is such a big topic, I was hoping there might be somebody with combustor aero experience that could suggest a few topics that might be good to brush up on. I don't expect to 'trick' anyone into thinking I am a pro, nor would I want to. But I think some review is in order and I would like to focus on the most relevant topics first if possible.

    Thanks for your help!
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  3. Mar 8, 2014 #2
    Just make sure they see you as a person for whom it is no problem to quickly absorb the knowledge required to do the job.

    If you have access to proceedings of the combustion institute, you might want to check relevant invited/plenary lecture papers, or a relevant review paper from progress in energy and combustion science. There are probably other review journals that are more engineering oriented. This will give you a compact overview of what is going on in the field in the last decade or so.
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