Director of Engineering,
Willa Beatrice Brown
First Female African-American
U.S. Commercial Pilot
Designer of Space Ship
One, 2004 X-Prize
USAF Colonel, PhD in
What does an aerospace engineer do?
Aerospace engineers create exceptional machines like
airplanes that weigh more than half a million pounds to
spacecraft that travel at a speed of more than 17,000
miles/hour. They are in charge of designing, developing and
testing aircraft, spacecraft and missile systems as well as
supervising the manufacturing process of these products.
Aerospace engineers might specialize in aerodynamics,
thermodynamics, celestial mechanic systems, propulsion
systems, acoustics, or guidance and control systems.
300+ aerospace companies and suppliers operate in
Colorado. A demand for new employees is rising as many
aerospace workers will soon retire.
Entry-level salaries start around $50,000. The 2005
average salary for an aerospace worker in Colorado was
Positive Job Market
20.4% space employment growth in Colorado from
2001-2006. Colorado is the #2 space economy in the
Interesting and exciting projects
Orion, the project to design a new space shuttle.
• The Phoenix Mars Mission, which seeks to
explore if Mars is capable of supporting life.
• Not just outer space –aerospace engineers design
planes, helicopters, missles and even cars!
The work you do will benefit not only
aerospace, but society as a whole.
Advances in aerospace technology led to:
•Cell phone technology
GPS navigation •Self-righting life raft
•Bone analyzer •Microlasers
•Cancer detection devices
•Cordless power tools
•Clean water for home •Physical Therapy
Land mine removal device
•Crop growing improvements
•Stadium roofing fabric
•Oil spill control
Advances in aerospace technology also led to the Hubble Telescope
•Over 150 different jobs in the aerospace industry
ce, electrical, mechanical,
stress analysis, electronics, design, systems,
materials science, environmental, safety,
•Computer science: networks, software development
(C++, Java), information technology, security planning,
•Project management for all of the above
•Administration, budget and finance, public affairs,
human resources, procurement
•Subcontract as woman/minority owned businesses 8(a),
(special set asides)
Types of careers and jobs
•Minorities and women have typically been excluded
or discouraged from pursuing careers in aerospace,
engineering and high-tech fields
•Companies need to fill hundreds of thousands of
jobs with skilled workers over the next 10-12 years
•Female and minority students comprise most of
the population in grades K-12 in Denver area
Underrepresented groups are key to
Colorado’s success and maintaining a
competitive edge, both nationally and globally
JumpStart into Aerospace Program at CCD
•Career exploration and case management
•Marketing (information, classes, opportunities, etc.)
•www.ccd.edu/aerospace, brochures, videos, e-newsletter, presentations
•Value-added projects/field trips
ACES seminar series/meet with aerospace engineers
•JumpStart student organization
•Aerospace courses and curriculum
•Astronomy 102, CSMARTS, physics, etc.
After completing a pre-aerospace engineering
degree at CCD, transfer to Metro State to complete
a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Systems
Engineering Technology in two additional years.
After earning your B.S. degree and getting a job in
the field, it is almost certain that your employer will
pay for you to study for an advanced degree, thus
increasing your job and earning potential.
•Lockheed Martin Internship: Two CCD students are
teaming with four Metro State students to design a proposed
mission to Deimos,
a moon of Mars.
•CSMARTS - Intro to Space: Students in this class are
building and launching satellites that collect data as they
return to earth.
Global Surveyor Satellite: CCD students from different
classes --physics, mechanical srafting, welding, machining,
journalism – are joining with Metro State students to design, draft,
machine, manufacture, test, and market a model satellite based on
the Mars Global Surveyor.
CCD Students in Action
•Astronomy 102: Students in this class are studying the role of
spacecraft (i.e., rockets and satellites) in deep space
site visit: CCD and Metro State students are talking
to Lockheed Martin engineers and touring the facility where Atlas V
rockets are manufactured.
Space Exploration Conference: CCD students are
volunteering at the 2008 Space Exploration Conference (hosted in
Denver) and participating in its Future Leaders Reception.
CCD Students in Action
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