Take One Small Step for Engineering, One Giant Leap for Your Career!
Ever heard of the saying, “The sky is the limit”? Well, what if it wasn’t? One of the most adventurous, stimulating and exciting engineering jobs available involves defying the laws of gravity and becoming an aerospace engineer. This high-tech industry involves designing, developing and testing aircrafts, constructing missiles and weapons, flight simulators and last but not least being involved in the development of space vehicles.
20 July 1969 was the date that the first ever human took their first ever steps on the moon. Neil Armstrong was the engineer turned space hero who made this outside of earth expedition possible, leaving his famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he touched the lunar surface one of the most famous historical moments in human history.
Armstrong’s fascination with aviation began when he took his first plane ride at 6 years old. His captivation with air travel then inspired him to building model airplanes along with conducting experiments in homemade wind tunnels. Years later, turning his fascination into a hobby, Armstrong qualified for his pilot’s licence, before he graduated from high school and was legally old enough to drive a car! The next step for Neil Armstrong was enrolling in university, where he began to study aeronautical engineering, however shortly after he began his studies, he was called to duty with the United States Navy where he took control and flew 78 combat missions in the Korean War. During his service in the war, his jet was hit by an anti-aircraft fire. Armstrong used his engineering skills to save the aircraft along with his fellow airmen!
Returning back to university, Armstrong finished his degree, and continued on to complete a master’s in aerospace engineering, opening a gateway for his place with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he continued to pursue his interest by flying more than 200 different types of aircrafts from gliders, to airlines, to jets…that is almost 20 times more types of planes than a commercial pilot will get to fly in his lifetime!
In 1968, one year before the famous lunar landing, Neil Armstrong was a backup commander for the Apollo 8 mission where 3 of his fellow astronauts circled the moon 10 times, paving the way for Armstrong’s mission to the quarter million miles away planet which occurred several months later.
Today, Neil Armstrong who died in 2012 at the age of aged 82 will forever remain as a key figure in the history books as well as in the minds of those who watched his first moments on the moon. His dream began through a simple interest in flying vehicles to becoming a legend astronaut.
Your Chance To Fly
Could you too see yourself marking a moment in the history books? Perhaps you want to design a vehicle that will carry thousands of humans to their international destinations or maybe your dream is to research and develop the possibility of flights to space being common as a flight to Spain? With aerospace engineering, anything is possible! It is the career that allows you to shoot for the stars and realise your wildest dreams.
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