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What careers are used in NASA?

  1. Mar 20, 2010 #1
    I was thinking in mechanical engineering or mechatronic engineering, i really want to build things and love physics and math. I only left 4 months to choose career, some lights please.
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  3. Mar 20, 2010 #2
    Are you in high school and deciding which university course to apply to or...?

    If so, why is NASA mentioned? There are many companies for engineers building the sort of things you might imagine happen at NASA, not least of all defence and aeronautic companies.

    You could also think about aeronautical engineering.
  4. Mar 20, 2010 #3
    Well i mentioned NASA becouse of the space ships, robots and stuff like that, but you say there are many companies that make this kind of things. I am in my last year of high school and deciding for a career in wich you learn how to build machines and stuff like that. In october i have to make the exam for entering the University, and im watching careers like mechanical/mechatronic.
  5. Mar 22, 2010 #4
    Any one knows?
  6. Mar 22, 2010 #5
    If you are thinking about doing mechanical engineering, you would potentially have opportunities pretty much anywhere, including NASA. I definitely recommend engineering if you are interested in any sort of technical job in industry or any job at a tech oriented organization.
  7. Mar 22, 2010 #6


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    Ability to count backwards from 10?

    Actually according to a friend at Nasa, that is contracted out !
  8. Mar 22, 2010 #7
    This is both funny and true!

    Regarding the original post: NASA uses all sorts of different careers. NASA does a very large and varied number of things and needs as many different types of engineers and scientists as required. The group I work in has Mathematicians (all applied math), Physicists (mostly nuclear but a few who come from high energy phenomenology) and Nuclear Engineers. All the researchers in our group have PhDs. This is not always the case. The other major groups in our branch (who do decidedly different research) are mainly aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers, material scientists and applied physicists.

    You can get a glimpse into some of the research done at the center I work at here: http://researchtech.larc.nasa.gov/resrch_area/index.htm [Broken]

    One thing to note here is that I am including both civil servants and contractors/grantees here. There are a lot more contractors/grantees than civil servants (a civil servant is an actual NASA employee, while a contractor or grantee is someone who holds a contract or a grant funded by NASA but works for a different company or institution). NASA was (is?) moving to having research be largely performed by contractors/grantees. There has been talk recently (last few years) about reversing this trend, but there has not been a lot of movement on that front that I have seen.
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  9. Mar 22, 2010 #8
    @ Norman...
    can u pls ellaborate over such options for international students???i hve done masters in physics and a research prjct in nuclear physics as well..nw m wrkin as a software developer in an IT company...
  10. Mar 22, 2010 #9
    Thank you guys for the answers =). Looks like Mechanical Engineering is more spread than Mechatronics maybe i make first mechanical engineering and next Mechatronics?
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