Report from 2011 OSU Welding Engineering graduate Kristen, who was hired just 2 months ago at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, just outside of Los Angeles.
As a sophomore switching into the Welding Engineering program at OSU, I never imagined that three years later I would be part of something incredible, with nationwide acclaim. But here I am – working at SpaceX, who just this morning on May 22, 2012, started the journey to making history by conducting a successful launch of our Falcon 9 rocket and deployment of the Dragon spacecraft. This will, hopefully, help us to become the first commercial company to berth to and deliver cargo to the International Space Station by the end of the week!
As a new member of the Propulsion Manufacturing Engineering group, I have not contributed to any of the parts on this flight, but I still get to enjoy the wonderful result of the hard work of many of the other dedicated SpaceXers.
Being a part of something this unique and incredible has given me an entirely new outlook on my job – as one of the NASA executives put it early this morning after our successful launch, “this is what makes aerospace employees want to come to work everyday.”
We work long hard hours, and we deal with a lot of frustration (buildings rockets is not easy!!), but guess what – all those welds, on which our welding engineers spent thousands of hours developing and ensuring that they were great?
They all did their job! And with the thousands of other things that were labored over by other hard-working SpaceX employees, we launched a rocket.
How about that?! It’s a good day to be a welding engineer!!
Congratulations, SpaceX, and good luck, Kristen!