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Title: Making the Connection: Federal Government Agencies


1
Making the Connection Federal Government
Agencies Cooperative Education Programs

2
Outline
  • Background of Speakers
  • An abridged tour of Govt Co-op
  • Dos and Donts of making the connection
  • Security Clearances
  • Debate, discussion, and monologues..

3
Background Bryan
  • Co-op Student (AsE Class of 87)
  • Co-op Supervisor
  • Co-op Faculty (2002 - ????)

Transonic Dynamics Tunnel NASA-Langley
4
Background Lou
  • Intern in Counseling Psychology.
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.
  • Professional Practice Advisor, 1978.
  • Mainly work with Mechanical Engineers.
  • Worked with federal agencies for 27 years.

5
Govt Co-op Programs The Grand Tour
  • NASA - Johnson
  • Redstone Arsenal
  • Naval Research Labs
  • Website Tour
  • DOE

Kyle Blakley, CE 08 Butler County Engineers
Office
6
Govt Co-op Programs Johnson Space Center
  • JSCs largest student employment program
  • Average about 160 students/year
  • Cover a wide range of majors
  • 1 Source of New Hires

JSC Fall 05 Co-op Group Photo
7
Govt Co-op Programs Johnson Space Center
  • Centrally Operated Program
  • Very Organized
  • Social Activities
  • Students rotate departments

Co-op students acquiring experimental data
to determine maximum rate of hotdog consumption
8
Govt Co-op Programs Johnson Space Center
During his first work term at NASA, Joshua
Hunter from Georgia Tech, modified and prepared
for use a device known as the Multiple User
Cooling Unit (MUCU) for astronauts space suits.
Hunters design was based on an initial prototype
created by another student employeeGarret
Fitzpatrick from the University of Wisconsin.
The MUCU, now in use, keeps astronauts
comfortable when they are outside the shuttle
simulator at Johnson Space Center. - Debbie
Pierson, GA. Tech. Thilini Rangedera, an
aerospace engineering co-op from Georgia Tech,
has made great contributions to the International
Space Station Training Group. She is the first
co-op student to become certified to teach two
electrical power systems lessons to flight
controllers as part of their preparation for an
upcoming Space Station mission. She accomplished
this goal during a four-month co-op tour. -
Robert P. Musgrove, NASA JSC
9
Govt Co-op Programs Other NASA Centers
Ames Research Center Dryden Flight Research
Center Glenn Research Center Goddard Space
Flight Center Jet Propulsion Laboratory Kennedy
Space Center Langley Research Center Marshall
Space Flight Center Stennis Space Center
At many NASA centers co-op students rotate thru
wind-tunnel facilities where they learn classic
mime techniques such as Walking against the
wind.
10
Govt Co-op Programs Other NASA Centers
11
Govt Co-op Programs Other NASA Centers
12
Govt Co-op Programs Redstone Arsenal

13
Govt Co-op Programs Redstone Arsenal

14
Govt Co-op Programs Redstone Arsenal

15
Govt Co-op Programs U.S. Army

16
Govt Co-op Programs Dont expect to get rich!

17
Govt Co-op Programs Naval Research Labs

18
Govt Co-op Programs Naval Research Labs

19
Naval Research Labs Spacecraft Engineering
DepartmentOverview for Co-Ops Expecting
Graduates
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB
20
Outline
  • Organization
  • History
  • Mission Statement and Implications
  • Environment Culture
  • Types of Work
  • Facilities
  • Hiring Facts
  • Interviews

21
Organization
Naval Research Lab - NRL
You Would Work Here
Naval Center for Space Technology (Code 8000 1
of 8 Divisions in NRL)
Space Systems Development Department (Code 8100)
Spacecraft Engineering Department (Code 8200)
22
History Timeline Firsts
84 Satellites Launched
  • Great Space History and Experience at NRL

23
Mission Statement Implications
  • Mission DrivenNOT Profit Driven

24
Environment Culture
  • Relatively Close Knit Group SED (8200) about
    125 People
  • Will Not Get Lost in a Large Organization
  • Management is On a First Name Basis
  • Low StructureNuts Running Loose
  • Management Admin Support per Employee is
    Relatively Low
  • Fosters Creativity Flexibility
  • Provides Tremendous Opportunities to Succeed
  • Judged on Capability Not Rank - Often Receive
    Jobs and Responsibilities Well Above Your Rank
  • However Requires Additional, Pro-Active Effort to
    Not be Left Behind
  • Matrix Organization so Inherent Conflict 2
    Bosses- Formal Project Boss
  • Value Showing Not Telling
  • Emphasis on Technical Understanding Ability to
    Get the Job Done
  • We are Engineers of Research, not the
    Ponderers of Research

Personality is Important, Some Thrive in This
Environment, Others Do Not
25
Types of Work
  • Mission Design
  • Spacecraft Design, Integration, Test
  • Structures
  • Mechanisms
  • Cmd Tlm Data Handling
  • Thermal
  • Guidance, Nav, and Control
  • Power
  • RF Comms
  • Flight Ground Software
  • Propulsion
  • Integration Test
  • Payloads Imaging, RF, Comms, etc.
  • Launch Vehicle Interfacing Ops
  • Ground Station Flight Operations
  • Orbitology Mission Planning
  • Technology Development

26
Facilities
  • State-of-the-Art Design Testing Facilities
  • Mediocre Personal Facilities Emphasis is on
    Functional, Not Nice
  • No Nice Lobby Entrance, Furniture is Hit or Miss,
    etc.

27
Hiring Facts
  • Co-oping is a Great Benefit to Both NRL the
    Student
  • NRL can Train and Evaluate Student
  • Student can Learn, Evaluate NRL, and Sort Out
    Personal Job Preferences and Expectations
  • Procedurally, Allows an Immediate Hiring Decision
    Upon Graduation
  • Summer Internships
  • Will Consider but Generally Not Worth the Time
    from an NRL Administrative Point-of View
  • Non-Coop Graduates
  • Must Openly Advertise Compete for Job
  • Personnel Division Selects Applicants, Not SED
    (8200)
  • Usually Hard to have a Stand-Out Resume Straight
    Out of School
  • Generally (NOT Always) Hire Through Another
    Company Until You Gain Enough Experience to
    Stand-Out in an Open Competition

28
Govt Co-op Programs Dept. of Energy

29
Govt Co-op Programs Dept. of Energy

30
Govt Co-op Programs Dept. of Energy

31

32
  • Department of Commerce Internship for
    Postsecondary Students
  • Department of Energy Special Emphasis Program
  • DOE Community College Institute at Oak Ridge
    National Laboratory-
  • DOE Faculty and Student Teams Program at Oak
    Ridge National Laboratory-
  • DOE Pre-Service Teacher Internships at Oak Ridge
    National Laboratory-
  • DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
    at Oak Ridge National Laboratory-
  • Energy Student Achievement Program-
  • Environmental Management Participation for the
    U.S. Army Environmental Center-
  • Federal Aviation Administration Asian
    American/Pacific Islander and Native
    American/Alaskan Native Internship Program-
  • Fusion Energy Sciences Fellowship Program-
  • Global Change Education Program-
  • Great Lakes Colleges Association/Associated
    Colleges of the Midwest Oak Ridge Science
    Semester-
  • Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak
    Ridge National Laboratory for Students-
  • Internship at the Office of Water-
  • Laboratory Technology Program-
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory
    Professional Internship Program-

33
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    (NOAA) Student Research Participation-
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Educational Partnership Program with Minority
    Serving Institutions
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission Historically
    Black Colleges and Universities Student Research
    Participation-
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory Undergraduate
    Student Cooperative Education Program-
  • Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
    Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    Undergraduate Scholarship Program-
  • Research Participation at the Federal Bureau of
    Investigation, Counterterrorism/Forensic Science
    Research Unit-
  • Research Participation at the U.S. Army Edgewood
    Chemical Biological Center-
  • Research Participation at the U.S. Army Medical
    Research Institute of Chemical Defense-
  • Research Participation at the U.S. Army Research
    Laboratory-
  • Research Participation Program at the U.S. Army
    Center for Health Promotion and Preventive
    Medicine- Savannah River Site Professional
    Internship Program-
  • Student Research Participation at the Centers for
    Disease Control and Prevention-
  • Student Research Participation at the National
    Center for Toxicological Research-
  • U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
    (USAMRMC)-
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Scholarship
    and Fellowship Program-

34
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory Undergraduate
    Student Cooperative Education Program-

35
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory Undergraduate
    Student Cooperative Education Program-

36
Govt Co-op Programs Dept. of Energy

37
Govt Co-op Programs science.gov

38

39
Working Effectively With Federal Agencies
Christopher Hummer, AsE 08 Received Engineer of
the Quarter Award Aeronautical Systems Center
40
Dos Donts Basic Understanding
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • No Felonies (may vary)

Zack Norman, Graphic Des. 06 National Park
Service
41
Dos Donts Good Practices
  • Timing
  • Web applications
  • Tailor resume/experience
  • Know your employer

Andrew Sampson EE 06 Kennedy Space Center
42
Dos Donts Timing
  • The Simple Hiring Process
  • Refer credentials 2.5 months before hiring date
  • Credentials screened
  • Offers extended
  • Student responds

Robin Ventura AsE 06 NASA Langley Research
Center
43
Dos Donts Timing
  • More Complex Hiring Process
  • Students apply on-line
  • Student notifies university to send transcript
    letter of eligibility
  • University sends transcript letter
  • Student gets letter from agency
  • Student responds
  • Panel of managers review applications
  • Hiring decisions made phone interviews
  • Unofficial co-op offer extended
  • Student responds
  • Background information gathered
  • Official offer extended
  • Student responds

44
Dos Donts Security Clearance
  • Vary from agency to agency
  • Types
  • Timing

Ryan Stobbs ME 07 Nevada Automotive Test Center
45
Dos Donts Good Practices
  • Timing
  • Web applications
  • Tailor resume/experience
  • Know your employer

Robin Ventura AsE 06 NASA Langley Research
Center
46
Dos Donts Not So Good Practices
  • No citizenship/criminal record
  • Bad timing
  • Forget Follow-up
  • Students applying who have money issues
  • Stop sending referrals

47
Dos Donts Knowing Your Employer
  • Things to Consider
  • Requirements for employment
  • Program resources
  • Employment structure/process
  • Institutional purpose benefits to supervisor
  • Employer quirks

Boyu Wang BME 07 Biomedical Ultrasound Lab
48
Dos Donts Secrets of My Success
  • General Comments
  • Contact as close to the hiring manager level as
    possible
  • Make use of alumni contacts
  • Cruise the internet
  • Talk to Professors
  • Attend technical conferences
  • Site visits (student tours?)

49

Debate and Discussion



Lou Trent, Assistant Director Associate
Professor Louis.trent_at_uc.edu Bryan Dansberry,
Assistant Professor Bryan.dansberry_at_uc.edu
University of Cincinnati Division of
Professional Practice P.O. Box
210115 Cincinnati, OH 45221-0115

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Christopher Hummer Aerospace Engineering, 2008

Wright Patterson Air Force Base

For my work, I was nominated for Engineer of
the Quarter at Wright-Patterson, and I will be
competing against career engineers for this
award.
I have the ability to predict the behavior of
fluids using supercomputers.
52
Andrew Sampson Electrical Engineering, 2006


NASA Kennedy Space Center
you get to see your work launch into outer
space, with a 1000 foot fireball trailing behind
53
Kyle BlakleyCivil and Environmental Engineering,
2008

Topics range from storm water management,
roadway layout and design, traffic signal and
speed warrants, environmental studies
One of the many bridge projects completed by
our office.
54
Ryan StobbsMechanical Engineering, 2007
Nevada Automotive Test Center

The military came to the company wanting to test
the durability of a new turret design
You fire several hundred 50 caliber machine gun
bullets and drive it through the desert for
several hundred miles
55
Robin VenturaAerospace Engineering, 2006
NASA Langley Research Center

to enhance an aerodynamic model for a simulation
of a twin-engine transport aircraft
This simulation is now used in to train NASA
research pilots to fly a highly advanced remote
control model of the aircraft and obtain real
aerodynamic data
56
Zach NormanGraphic Design 2006


Harpers Ferry Design Center
I had the opportunity to design an award that
was presented to First Lady Laura Bush
57
Brian KodrichAerospace Engineering, 2007
Defense Contract Management Agency

I cant go into any details because of
government restrictions General Electric and
Rolls Royce proprietary rights.
First Engine to test with 3,000 sensors
installed.
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