Imagine a flying car that brings you to work!
It may sound far off, but BAE Systems engineers like Kelly Moran believe this technology and others are closer than you think.
Innovation drives our global future and BAE Systems is proud to partner with organizations that inspire the engineers of tomorrow – MATHCOUNTS and FIRST Robotics. This week is Engineers Week (February 21-27), and we are partnering with MATHCOUNTS on an engineering-themed math “Problem of the Day.” Participation is open to all and everyone who submits an answer to at least one problem will be entered into a prize drawing, even if they don't get correct answers. We encourage you to check out these special Engineers Week math problems and share them with family, friends and educators in your community. It's never too late to have fun with math and flex your problem-solving skills!
BAE Systems is also a strategic partner of FIRST Robotics whose innovation challenge will be virtual this year, fostering among students a sense of teamwork during a pandemic, and excitement for learning about engineering.
At BAE Systems we have many kinds of engineers including systems, mechanical, software, hardware, electrical, chemical, and product safety engineers – as well as those who work with them.
What kind of engineer should you become?
We asked engineers across BAE Systems about what they do and if they had any advice for those thinking of pursuing engineering careers. “Always understand the why,” says Principal Systems Engineer Timothy Coda, who advises “question and understand the big picture of what you do as an engineer.”
It’s not surprising that continual learning is a theme among our engineers. Moran, a chemical engineer who leads energetics research at the Radford Army Ammunition plant, said she wanted a career where she would “never stop learning and could positively influence the way people live.” Engineering Technologist Charith Wickrema says “learning doesn’t stop once you leave college” and points to the importance of on the job experience.
Engineers across the company say you don’t have to pick just one interest:
- “Don’t believe that you have to stay within your degree to find what you ultimately love to do.” - Lesley Miley, Senior Principal Systems Engineer for the F35 program
- “Diversify your interests.” - Timothy Ma, Senior Engineer working on next generation products in the ICBM field
- “Expand your comfort zone to challenge yourself in a way that makes you uncomfortable.” - Kimberly Gray, AWS/SWS Documentation Manager
- “Think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to take risks.” - Dwight Chandler, Senior Engineering Manager for the F35 Program
What’s next in engineering?
We also asked these and other engineers across BAE Systems to imagine the future and what’s next in their fields. Here is what they told us: