AVSC 1010 Lecture 14

AVSC 1010 Lecture 14 - Lecture 14 Careers in Aerospace...

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Lecture 14 Careers in Aerospace Aerospace is one of the largest career fields in the United States and the world. Jobs are available in everything from design and manufacture of large jet aircraft to flying as a pilot in small ones in the Alaskan bush. In this lecture, I will give you an overview of some of the jobs available and the current qualifications necessary to successfully obtain many of these positions. Some of you already have a preconceived 'dream job' that you are set on obtaining. Your plans might be to become a pilot, an aerospace engineer, or an astronaut. I will not try to diminish your dreams, but I've found in my years of teaching in aviation, that many who were set on one job changed their minds when they found out more about the career. For many who planned on becoming commercial pilots, they later altered their plans to become successful airline managers or simply used their flying skills in an entirely different career field. It is excellent to focus on one area, but at this point in your education, it is worth examining many areas within a field. As a former professional commercial pilot, and as a former advisor for the UVSC Aviation Science Program, I feel I have a good comprehension of the job market. Aerospace is a rapidly changing and dynamic career field. The qualifications I give you in this class may completely change only two years from now. Subscription to career and job hunting publications when you are ready to apply for employment is usually worth the investment. Aviation Hiring Cycles The aviation industry is cyclical in nature. This means that major segments of the industry, including the largest airlines and airplane manufacturers, react to economic changes. Usually, an economic recession will hit airlines and manufacturers early while they are also the last segments to recover from a recession. This is because airlines depend on discretionary travel from tourists and business people. When economic times weaken, businesses and tourists cut out trips they don’t need to take. The result is a continuous series of high-paced hiring during economic good times and little hiring or layoffs during the bad times. The bad times can become worse if large airlines go into bankruptcy, flooding the market with qualified mechanics, pilots and flight attendants. Two recent bad cycles happened from 1990-1993 and 2000 to the current day. The current bad cycle is worse because of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the Second Gulf War. While some news is very bad, other segments of the aviation industry continue to hire. For example, while United Airlines, US Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Delta Airlines layoff thousands of positions, many regional airlines continue to hire and grow. During economic bad times, it is wise to complete degrees, build experience, and patiently
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2011 for the course AVSC 1010 taught by Professor Green during the Fall '11 term at Utah Valley University.

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AVSC 1010 Lecture 14 - Lecture 14 Careers in Aerospace...

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