JUNO SPACECRAFT

July 21, 2016


The following information was taken from the NASA web site and the Machine Design Magazine.

BACKGROUND:

After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a thirty-five (35) minute engine burn. Confirmation the burn was successful was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. PDT (11:53 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 4. A message from NASA is as follows:

“Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add to America’s birthday another reason to cheer — Juno is at Jupiter,” said NASA administrator Charlie Bolden. “And what is more American than a NASA mission going boldly where no spacecraft has gone before? With Juno, we will investigate the unknowns of Jupiter’s massive radiation belts to delve deep into not only the planet’s interior, but into how Jupiter was born and how our entire solar system evolved.”

Confirmation of a successful orbit insertion was received from Juno tracking data monitored at the navigation facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, as well as at the Lockheed Martin Juno operations center in Littleton, Colorado. The telemetry and tracking data were received by NASA’s Deep Space Network antennas in Goldstone, California, and Canberra, Australia.

“This is the one time I don’t mind being stuck in a windowless room on the night of the 4th of July,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “The mission team did great. The spacecraft did great. We are looking great. It’s a great day.”

Preplanned events leading up to the orbital insertion engine burn included changing the spacecraft’s attitude to point the main engine in the desired direction and then increasing the spacecraft’s rotation rate from 2 to 5 revolutions per minute (RPM) to help stabilize it..

The burn of Juno’s 645-Newton Leros-1b main engine began on time at 8:18 p.m. PDT (11:18 p.m. EDT), decreasing the spacecraft’s velocity by 1,212 miles per hour (542 meters per second) and allowing Juno to be captured in orbit around Jupiter. Soon after the burn was completed, Juno turned so that the sun’s rays could once again reach the 18,698 individual solar cells that give Juno its energy.

“The spacecraft worked perfectly, which is always nice when you’re driving a vehicle with 1.7 billion miles on the odometer,” said Rick Nybakken, Juno project manager from JPL. “Jupiter orbit insertion was a big step and the most challenging remaining in our mission plan, but there are others that have to occur before we can give the science team the mission they are looking for.”

Can you imagine a 1.7 billion (yes that’s with a “B”) mile journey AND the ability to monitor the process?  This is truly an engineering feat that should make history.   (Too bad our politicians are busy getting themselves elected and reelected.)

Over the next few months, Juno’s mission and science teams will perform final testing on the spacecraft’s subsystems, final calibration of science instruments and some science collection.

“Our official science collection phase begins in October, but we’ve figured out a way to collect data a lot earlier than that,” said Bolton. “Which when you’re talking about the single biggest planetary body in the solar system is a really good thing. There is a lot to see and do here.”

Juno’s principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. With its suite of nine science instruments, Juno will investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter’s intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere, and observe the planet’s auroras. The mission also will let us take a giant step forward in our understanding of how giant planets form and the role these titans played in putting together the rest of the solar system. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter also can provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars.

The Juno spacecraft launched on Aug. 5, 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. JPL manages the Juno mission for NASA. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program, managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver built the spacecraft. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.

SYSTEMS:

Before we list the systems, let’s take a look at the physical “machine”.

Juno Configuration

As you can see, the design is truly remarkable and includes the following modules:

  • SOLAR PANELS—Juno requires 18,000 solar cells to gather enough energy for it’s journey, 508 million miles from our sun.  In January, Juno broke the record as the first solar-powered spacecraft to fly further than 493 million miles from the sun.
  • RADIATION VAULT—During its polar orbit, Juno will repeatedly pass through the intense radiation belt that surrounds Jupiter’s equator, charged by ions and particles from Jupiter’s atmosphere and moons suspended in Juno’s colossal magnetic field. The magnetic belt, which measures 1,000 times the human toxicity level, has a radio frequency that can be detected from Earth and extends into earth’s orbit.
  • GRAVITY SCIENCE EXPERIMENT—Using advanced gravity science tools; Juno will create a detailed map of Jupiter’s gravitational field to infer Jupiter’s mass distribution and internal structure.
  • VECTOR MAGNETOMETER (MAG)—Juno’s next mission is to map Jupiter’s massive magnetic field, which extends approximately two (2) million miles toward the sun, shielding Jupiter from solar flares.  It also tails out for more than six hundred (600) million miles in solar orbit.  The dynamo is more than 20,000 times greater than that of the Earth.
  • MICROWAVE RADIOMETERS–Microwave radiomometers (MWR) will detect six (6) microwave and radio frequencies generated by the atmosphere’s thermal emissions.  This will aid in determining the depths of various cloud forms.
  • DETAILED MAPPING OF AURORA BOREALIS AND PLASMA CONTENT—As Juno passes Jupiter’s poles, cameral will capture high-resolution images of aurora borealis, and particle detectors will analyze the plasmas responsible for them.  Not only are Jupiter’s auroras much larger than those of Earth, they are also much more frequent because they are created by atmospheric plasma rather than solar flares.
  • JEDI MEASURES HIGH-ENERGY PARTICLES–Three Jupiter energetic particle detector instruments (JEDIs) will measure the angular distribution of high-energy particles as they interact with Jupiter’s upper atmospheres and inner magnetospheres to contribute to Jupiter’s northern and southern lights.
  • JADE MEASURE OF LOW-ENERGY PARTICLES—JADE, the Jovian Aurora Distributions Experiment, works in conjunction with DEDI to measure the angular distribution of lower-energy electrons and ions ranging from zero (0) to thirty (30) electron volts.
  • WAVES MEASURES PLASMA MOVEMENT—The radio/plasma wave experiment, called WAVES, will be used to measure radio frequencies  (50 Hz to 40 MHz) generated by the plasma in the magnetospheres.
  • UVS,JIRAM CAPTURE NORTHERN/SOUTHERN LIGHTS—By capturing wavelength of seventy (70) to two hundred and five (205) nm, an ultraviolet imager/spectrometer (UVS) will generate images of the auroras UV spectrum to view the auroras during the Jovian day.
  • HIGH-RESOLUTION CAMERA—JunoCam, a high-resolution color camera, will capture red, green and blue wavelengths photos of Jupiter’s atmosphere and aurora.  The NASA team expects the camera to last about seven orbits before being destroyed by radiation.

CONCLUSION:

This technology is truly amazing to me.  Think of the planning, the engineering design, the testing, the computer programming needed to bring this program to fruition.  Amazing!

 

AMERICAN ASSASSIN

July 15, 2016


Over the years there have been very few books I could just not put down.  American Assassin, by Vince Flynn is one of those.  A very good friend “turned me on” to Flynn’s writing and I certainly owe him a big favor.  American Assassin is one of fifteen (15) books in the Mitch Rapp series and even though not the first written in the series, it’s the first you need to read.  Given below are the Mitch Rapp books:

  • American Assassin
  • Kill Shot
  • Transfer of Power
  • The Third Option
  • Separation of Power
  • Executive Power
  • Memorial Day
  • Consent to Kill
  • Act of Treason
  • Protect and Defend
  • Extreme Measures
  • Pursuit of Honor
  • The Last Man
  • The Survivor
  • Order to Kill

American Assassin goes into great detail as to why twenty-two (22) Mitch Rapp is driven to join the CIA as a field operative in the war on Middle-Eastern counter-terrorism. Flynn spends a great deal of time defining the process of weeding out individuals that eventually make the cut. From eight (8) recruits, only two survive, Rapp and an operative named Richardson. In doing so, Flynn develops a vivid picture of each fascinating character as they are introduced chapter by chapter.  This is one of the very best characteristics of the book; the depth of each character.  These people are definitely NOT saints.  There is no “turn the other cheek” in their mode of operation.

“Assassin” details Rapps first assignment as a rookie operative and takes us from Virginia to Zurich, to Moscow, to Beirut, to Hamburg.  We see the seamy side of terrorism as well as the wealthy and posh side.  We are introduced to Russian terrorists, morally deprived Swiss bankers, Palestine arms dealers, as well as CIA manpower driving specific programs to destroy Jihad activities.

BIO FOR VINCE FLYNN:

Vince Flynn is almost as interesting as his books.  Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966. He graduated from the St. Thomas Academy in 1984 and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988. After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist.

In 1990 he left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. One week before leaving for Officers Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program, as a result of several concussions and convulsive seizures he suffered growing up.  While trying to obtain a medical waiver for his condition, he started thinking about writing a book. This was a very unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life.

Having been stymied by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the nine-to-five grind and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities. During his spare time he worked on an idea for his first book and for a series of books thereafter. After two years with United Properties he decided to take a big gamble. He quit his job, moved to Colorado, and began working full time on what would eventually become Term Limits, his first publication.

Like many struggling artists before him, he bartended at night and wrote during the day. Five years and more than sixty (60) rejection letters later he took the unusual step of self-publishing his first novel. The book went to number one in the Twin Cities, and within a week had a new agent and two-book deal with Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

Flynn was diagnosed with stage three metastatic prostate cancer in 2010, but continued to write his best-selling thrillers until he died at the age of forty-seven (47).  His death was a great loss to the publishing world and every individual looking for that next great book.  He left a great body of work that is enjoyed by individuals over the world.

I can definitely recommend this book to you. Remember—start with American Assassin.  Read that one first.

CLINTON CASH

July 10, 2016


I m absolutely convinced the best and most enduring writers are avid readers and they know how to research a project.  That statement certainly applies to Mr. Peter Schweizer.  Schweizer includes fifty-eight (58) pages of notes used to research and document the money trail left by Secretary Hillary Clinton, former-President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.  These notes are categorized by chapter with each fact being numbered as presented in the body of the work.  “Clinton Cash”, written in 2015, was the eleventh book by Schweizer and serves to investigate donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities, paid speeches made by Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the Clintons’ personal enrichment after leaving the White House, in 2001. All of his works to date are non-fiction, real life; political exposes unearthing corruption in governments and institutions in our country.  Let’s take a very quick look at Mr. Schweizer’s biography.

BIOGRAPHY:

Peter Franz Schweizer, born November 24, 1964, is an American author, academic, and political consultant. He is the president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) and a former William J. Casey Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.  He is also Breitbart News  Senior Editor-at-Large.

Peter Schweizer is the President of the Government Accountability Institute and obviously a best-selling author. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm Oval Office Writers which provides speechwriting and communications services for corporate executives and political figures.

From 2008-2009 he was a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House. He has also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. government’s Sandia National Laboratory and is a former consultant to NBC News.

Schweizer’s early work at Jeremiah Denton‘s National Forum Foundation (NFF) focused on major fronts in the Cold War. He co-authored a National Review article with Denton’s son, James “Murdering SDI”, about the suspicious deaths of several European officials who supported the Strategic Defense Initiative.  While at the NFF, Schweizer also published a report titled “The Meaning and Destiny of the Sandinista Revolution”.

In 2012, Steve Kroft used Schweizer’s work as the basis for a blockbuster report on CBS‘s 60 Minutes about Congressional insider trading. Titled “Insiders: The road to the STOCK act”, Kroft relied heavily on Schweizer’s reporting in Throw Them All Out, which CBS independently verified, to demonstrate how members of Congress trade stocks unethically.   The book demonstrates how politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Spencer Bachus have inoculated themselves against criminal charges for insider trading.   The following year, Kroft revisited Schweizer’s work to create another 60 Minutes report on how members of Congress use the funds of their political action committees for private gain.

A year later, Schweizer authored another GAI report about the Obama administration, which said that Obama failed to meet often enough with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius during the height of the botched roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   He publicized the report with a story for Politico titled “When Barry Met Kathy: Almost never, it turns out.”  Schweizer’s report relied on publicly available information about Obama’s schedule. Three months later, after making a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of non-public documents, The Hill found evidence of multiple meetings with both scheduled to attend, including seven specifically about the ACA.

I hope you can see from his bio that he is a very serious writer and one not given to innuendo.  All pronouncements are well researched and documented.

CLINTON CASH:

Now let’s take a look at the book itself.

  • “Clinton Cash”—The untold story of how and why foreign governments and businesses helped make Bill and Hillary rich.
  • Published by Harper Collins
  • Copyright: 2015
  • 256 Pages
  • Eleven (11) chapters as follows:
    • The Lincoln Bedroom Goes Global
    • The Transfer: Bill’s Excellent Kazaka Adventure
    • Hillary’s Reset: The Russian Uranium Deal
    • Indian Nukes: How to Win a Medal by Changing Hillary’s Mind
    • The Clinton Blur(I): Bill and Hillary’s Global Nexus of Philanthropy, Power and Profit
    • The Clinton Blur (II): The View from Foggy Bottom
    • Podium Economics: What Was Bill Being Paid For?
    • Warlord Economics: The Clintons Do Africa
    • Rainforest Riches:  Hillary, Bill and Colombian Timber and Oil Deals
    • Disaster Capitalism Clinton-Style: The 2010 Haitian Relief Effort
    • Quid pro Quo?

I am not going into detail relative to the contents of the book because I know my readers,and you are one intelligent group of people.  You can figure it out from the chapter titles.  I don’t think Mr. Schweizer’s book would have that much significance because after all, Bill and Hillary are nothing more than opportunistic political types, but she is running for President of the United States.  If you look at Benghasi, the e-mail server scandal AND the fact that Secretary Clinton is running for the White House, do we really need another Clinton in the Oval Office?  Then again, what about Mr. Donald Trump?  We really may be in a mell of a hess vice versa, as my grandmother Westbrook used to say. I may just be writing in Elvis again this year.

As always, I welcome your comments.

THEY’RE ON VACATION

July 7, 2016


As a “working” engineer, I have been extremely fortunate over the years to have had positions of employment that were truly fascinating.  One such position was Engineering Product Manager for General Electric Cooking Products.   I was involved with the International Group, specifically the Latin American Pole.  My basic charge was to oversee the design, testing, and troubleshooting of cooking products for sale into the Caribbean, Central America and South American countries.  These products carried the GE logotype and represented mid to top-of-the-line configurations.  It was a great opportunity and a very rewarding job in that I was expected to become knowledgeable regarding the various country standards our products had to adhere to.  Our products had to comply with UL, CGA, IEC and all local and country codes that applied to the various gas and electric products.

For many of us, cooking with natural gas, propane or butane can be considered somewhat of a “black art”.  There are many factors affecting gas burner operation: 1.) Gas pressure, 2.) Type of gas used, 3.) Injection velocity, 4.) Number of burner ports, 5.) Overall design of burner including burner throat, 6.) Overall input of burner, etc.  The proper balance MUST be accomplished or the product can experience: 1.) Flashback, 2.) Lazy or drifting flame, 3.) Noisy burner, 4.) Sooting, 5.) Excessive burner temperatures creating issues with burner sagging and distortion.  In 1998 several issues with burner sagging were experienced with one type of “up-shot”, multi-port burner.  This burner was running on propane with excellent results on all previous occasions.  One issue—the problems were all being experienced in the Middle-East and not Latin America.  As always, we tried addressing the problems with e-mail and then phone calls.  Replacement parts and assemblies were shipped but the problems ultimately were not solved.  Our reputation was at stake as well as cessation of sales so the decision was made to send representatives over to witness first-hand the occurrences and propose a “fix”.  I, along with an engineer from the company that designed the burner, was selected to make that visit.

I looked upon the problem as a challenge and was eager to see what could be done to solve the dilemma.  A problem in one area of the world is bound to turn up in another.   The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan were the countries experiencing issues so those became our targets.  The necessary travel arrangements were made, immunizations received, visas obtained and we were off.  I flew from Louisville, Kentucky to Frankfort, Germany on the first leg of the trip then to Dubai in the UAE.  Our itinerary was Dubai, Riyadh, Cairo, and Amman then Gatwick in London.  From Gatwick back to Louisville on the last leg of the trip.   Two and one-half weeks was allotted for the venture.  Our visit was the first of August and I will NEVER forget upon landing in Dubai the announcement coming over the intercom—“It’s a balmy 111 degrees Fahrenheit in lovely Dubai. Hope you brought your swim suit.”  I did NOT but I did as told and brought two changes of clothes per day due to the heat and humidity in the countries we would visit. Even that was not enough.  Thank goodness for hotel laundry services.

Our work in Dubai was a success but Riyadh was a great deal tougher.  Due to constituents in the propane “mix”, we had great difficulties in orificing each burner to burn properly with no “yellow-tipping”. Yellow-tipping is an indication of soot and soot is an indication of incomplete combustion.  NOT GOOD.  Soot will cover the bottom of cooking utensils and can eventually bake on, thus destroying the bottom surface of the utensil.  The ultimate solution, at least for Saudi Arabia and that propane mix, was a different burner system.  We recommended just that.

The point of this post is really our flight from Riyadh to Cairo.   The flight was absolutely packed with no seats vacant.  In Saudi culture, the ladies must be accompanied by a male with no Saudi lady traveling alone.    Approximately one-third of the flight had passengers, all wearing the customarily burka, with eyes-only visible.  This is who they are and what their culture demands.  It’s just a given.   The nose wheel rotated, we reached altitude, leveled off, and when all was calm I immediately made an obligatory visit to the bathroom.  Very uneventful flight!  Approximately two and one-half hours with a lovely meal provided.  Before we landed, I made another trip to the bathroom.  Upon returning to my seat, I realized something very,very strange indeed.  Where had all of the ladies, festooned in their burkas, gone?  They were nowhere to be found.  Our sales rep in the Middle East was a great gentleman and friend named Wassim.  I asked Wassim—OK, where are they? Where did they go?  This brought about a hardy laugh.  His reply—“After we left Saudi air space, they went to the bathroom and removed their outer covering.  They are on holiday.  No more Saudi oversight.”  This absolutely blew me away.  When leaving Saudi Arabia, these ladies actually became “people” recognized by the human race as such.

Culture, ethnicity, language, religion, regional norms, behavior patterns, etc are absolutely fascinating.  I think the reason we have not been visited and colonized by little green men is they realize we have an enormously complex system here on Earth and they simply do NOT wish to be a part of it. Too much agony.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

SNIPER’S HONOR

July 4, 2016


A good friend of mine “turned me on” to the writer Stephen Hunter.  Until recently, I had never read Mr. Hunter but can now definitely recommend his work to you.  He is a marvelous writer and an accomplished “wordsmith”.  The manner in which he assembles thoughts and transforms those thoughts into meaningful sentences is truly amazing.

Sniper’s Honor is about retired sniper Bob Lee Swagger and the adventures he faces while trying to discover the post-WWII life of the “White Witch”.  Ludmilla Petrova or Mili was a sniper for the Russian Army during WWII.  She seemingly disappeared toward the end of the war in the year 1944. Killed—maybe, but the events leading up to her disappearance were erased from the German and Russian records. Swagger teams with his old friend Kathy Reilly to unearth the story of the deadly and beautiful Russian sniper, Ludmilla “Mili” Petrova.   Petrova stands in for the real-world female Soviet snipers who fought the German in the German invasion of Russia.

Despite racking up enough kills to earn the nickname “White Witch,” Petrova has disappeared from the historical record. This disappearance intrigues Reilly, a correspondent for The Washington Post. Stalin’s government loved to portray women snipers as heroes, so why not glorify one so photogenic? How had she earned the ire of the Kremlin, and what sort of end had she met?  Sensing a great feature story, Reilly emails Swagger to ask about the Mosin-Nagant 91, a weapon Mili would have used. The opening question brings Swagger into a journey far more dangerous than a historical fact-finding trip; there are people who don’t want this seventy (70)-year-old mystery solved.

Let me give you a sense of Hunter’s writing with the following two excerpts from Sniper’s Honor.

“They were on a plain under a dome of sky. All was flatness. It was an infinity of flatness under the towering clouds of the Ukrainian sky. It was a battle reduced to its essential elements with no distractions, almost an abstraction: the existential flatness of the plain to the horizon, the vaulting blue arch of cloud-filled sky, the sense of tininess of men and machines on this construction that only a mad god could have invented. The tanks lurched ahead.”

Another characteristic of Hunter’s writing is his ability to freeze a moment and draw a word picture of everything that happens within the span of a second or two. At one point, he takes a couple of pages to describe the flight of a bullet from a rifle barrel to — and into — a bad guy. The images become quite graphic, but you bear with it because the target so richly deserves his fate:

“The bullet struck him on a lateral transective angle approximately six inches below his left ear, that is, a bit lower than the root of his neck on the torso, a little in front of the medial line of the shoulder, issuing a sound that reminded those nearby of a crowbar slamming into a side of beef.”

This was the challenge Swagger took on in unearthing the truth to her activities and life after the war.  Let’s first take a look at the writer’s bio.

BIOGRAPHY:

Stephen Hunter was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in Evanston, Illinois. His father was Charles Francis Hunter, a Northwestern University speech professor who was unfortunately killed in 1975.   His mother was Virginia Ricker Hunter, a writer of children’s books.  After graduating from Northwestern in 1968 with a degree in journalism,  Hunter was drafted for two years into the United States Army where he served as a ceremonial soldier in The Old Guard (3rd Infantry Regiment) in Washington, D.C.  He later wrote for a military paper, the Pentagon News.

He joined The Baltimore Sun in 1971, working at the copy desk of the newspaper’s Sunday edition for a decade. He became its film critic in 1982, a post he held until moving to The Washington Post in the same function in 1997. In 1998 Hunter won the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award in the criticism category, and in 2003 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Hunter’s thriller novels include Point of Impact (filmed as Shooter), Black Light and Time to Hunt, which form a trilogy featuring Vietnam War veteran and sniper Bob “the Nailer” Swagger. The story of Bob Lee Swagger continued with The 47th Samurai (2007), Night of Thunder (2008), I, Sniper (2009) and Dead Zero (2010). The series has led to two spin-off series: Hot SpringsPale Horse Coming, and Havana form another trilogy centered on Bob Swagger’s father, Earl Swagger, while Soft Target (2011) focuses on Bob’s long-unknown son, Ray Cruz.

Hunter has written three non-fiction books: Violent Screen: A Critic’s 13 Years on the Front Lines of Movie Mayhem (1995), a collection of essays from his time at The SunAmerican Gunfight (2005), an examination of the November 1, 1950 assassination attempt on Harry S. Truman at Blair House in Washington, D.C.; and Now Playing at the Valencia (2005), a collection of pieces from The Washington Post. Hunter has also written a number of non-film-related articles for The Post, including one on Afghanistan: “Dressed To Kill—From Kabul to Kandahar, It’s Not Who You Are That Matters, but What You Shoot” (2001).

Hunter is a firearms enthusiast, well known in the gun community for the careful, correct, and in-depth firearm detail in many of his works of fiction. He himself shoots as a hobby, saying “many people don’t understand, shooting a firearm is a sensual pleasure that’s rewarding in and of itself.” You can certainly tell from the Swagger series of books he knows firearms.

CONCLUSION:

This was a great read for me and a book I can definitely recommend to you. Four hundred (400) plus pages of work, extremely descriptive, very concise, detailed, and yet moving very quickly.  The last chapter is a REAL shocker and pulls the entire story together.  DON’T READ THE LAST CHAPTER FIRST.


A web site called “The Best Schools” recently published a list of the top twenty (20) professions they feel are the most viable and stable for the next decade.   They have identified twenty (20) jobs representing a variety of industries that are not only thriving now, but are expected to grow throughout the next ten (10) years. Numbers were taken from projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2010 to 2020.  I would like to list those jobs for you now as the BLS sees them.  Please note, these are in alphabetical order.

  • Accountant/Auditor
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Brick mason, Block mason, and Stone mason
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Financial Examiner
  • Health Educator
  • Home Health Aide
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Management Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Meeting/Event Planner
  • Mental Health Counselor and Family Therapist
  • Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist
  • Physician and Surgeon
  • Registered Nurse
  • Software Developer
  • Veterinarian

I would like now to present what the BLS indicates will be job growth for the engineering disciplines.  Job prospects for engineers over the next ten (10) years are very positive and according to them, most engineering disciplines will experience growth over the coming decade.

Professions such as biomedical engineering will see stellar growth of twenty-three percent (23%) over the next ten (10) years, while nuclear engineering will actually see a four percent (4%) decline in jobs over the coming decade.

The engineering profession is expected to follow the range of average job growth — about five percent (5%) — through 2024. Engineers, however, are expected to earn more, beginning right after graduation.  Two smart moves that will help engineering job prospects, according to the latest stats, include post-graduate education and the willingness to move into management. This is no different than it has always been.  I would also recommend taking a look at an MBA, after you receive your MS degree in your specific field of endeavor.

Mechanical Engineer

Petroleum

Materials Engineer

Aeorspace

Civil

Biomedical

Neuclear


Chemical

Computer Hardware

Industrial

Electrical

Mining

Computer Programmers

Environmental

Health and Safety

CONCLUSIONS:

I think it can be said that any profession in the fields of engineering and health services will be somewhat insulated from fluxations in the economy over the next ten years.  We are getting older and apparently fatter.   Both “conditions” require healthcare specialists.  Older medical and engineering practitioners are retiring at a very fast rate and many of the positions available are due those retirements.  At the present time, companies in the United States cannot find enough engineers and engineering technicians to fill available jobs.  There is a huge skills gap in our country left unfilled due to lack of training and lack of motivation on the part of well-bodied individuals.  It’s a great problem that must be solved as we progress into the twenty-first century.  My recommendation—BE AN ENGINEER. The jobs for the next twenty years are out there.  Just a thought.

THE TOP TEN

July 2, 2016


OK, you are in the process of busting your butt working towards an engineering degree, or maybe you are in summer school with one semester to go. YOU NEED A JOB because just as soon as you graduate you will have to start the process of paying off student loans. (Remember student loans?)  The web site www.engineerjobs.com     recently published a list of the top ten (10) states in which job prospects are the best.  They quantified the following:

  • Jobs per 1,000 individuals living in the state
  • Average quarterly jobs created
  • Quarterly job growth
  • Annual growth. (Please look at the percentage.)
  • Top discipline required in that state

Let’s take a quick look.

Mass

I must admit, Massachusetts really surprised me.  I had no idea that great state would be first on the list.

Maryland

VaTech

California

Washington

Colorado

Michigan

Minnesota

New Hampshire

Delaware

If we add the quarterly jobs, engineering jobs, created for the ten (10) states, we see a whopping 217,898.  That is PER QUARTER.  There are jobs available for those trained and industrious individuals willing to make the sacrifice.  Those of us who are involved with the STEM professions know there were many time we stayed at home studying on Friday and Saturday night when the “rest of the guys” were partying.  This is what it takes.  I know for a fact, if you are a high school student contemplating a career in engineering—you can do this.  If I did it, you can.  Think about the rewards and the satisfaction of having a great job and actually getting paid to perform.

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