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     Date Submitted:02-11-2010
     Last Modified:04-11-2010 (09:52)
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     Current job:Graduate space engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsGraduate space engineer, BEng, MSc, astronautics and space engineering
    CV

    To Whom It May Concern,

     

    I am an MSc graduate currently seeking employment as a space engineer.

    I have a fascination with aircraft, spacecraft and space engineering, and to this end I have undertaken various studies in this field. I attended the University of Sydney to gain a Bachelor of Engineering in aeronautical and space engineering. After completion of my first degree I began studying at Cranfield University, and have now completed a Master’s of Science in astronautics and space engineering.

    I am very keen to work within the space industry within the UK and Europe.  The atmosphere of international partnership and cooperation within this industry is particularly appealing as I enjoy the opportunity to work with colleagues from various backgrounds. I have a lot of exposure to this in both my undergraduate and Master’s degree programs as I studied and worked with many international colleagues. I believe the space industry in the United Kingdom shows a large amount of growth and will embark on great projects and missions now and in the future.

    I am excited by the prospect of working within a team of engineers to solve various problems. I am interested in further developing my skills in project management and team management. I find spacecraft systems engineering and its relation to all levels of mission design interesting, and hope to use my systems engineering knowledge to tackle and help solve any problem at hand. During my degree programs I have participated in many group projects involving the design of space missions, from the top systems level down to the individual subsystem level. Two major projects are the design of an Earth-orbiting cubesat (BEng) and an unmanned scientific mission to Saturn’s moon Titan (MSc).

    I am a hard working and committed person, and aim to excel in all tasks set before me. I have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and I am a great team member. I am fluent in English, which is my first language. I hold dual British and Australian citizenship and am fully entitled to live and work within the UK and the EU.

    Attached to this letter is a copy of my curriculum vitae, which I hope will provide you with any information you require. I would like to thank you for your time in considering myself for a position at your company, and I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
     

    Sincerely

     

    Nationality:                                    British and Australian

     

    Career statement

    I am a focused and motivated space engineer with the goal to work on space mission design and analysis. I am eager to work within a team of international colleagues, as I believe that different educational and social backgrounds can provide great returns to a project and to the individual. I believe that I can offer a great deal to any project because I take an active role in team and project management.

    Education

    ·       Cranfield University – Masters of Science, Astronautics and Space Engineering

    Year:

    2008 – 2009

    Major group work:

    Design of an unmanned scientific mission to Titan, involving working closely within a team of engineers. My roles included orbiter AOCS design, navigation and deployment of surface and air vehicles upon approach to Titan, and end of life disposal for the orbiter and transfer vehicle.

    Thesis work:

    ‘A Visual Approach to Interplanetary Trajectory Optimisation’

    Subjects included:

    Spacecraft systems engineering,

    Astrodynamics and mission analysis,

    Intro. to spacecraft operations,

    Space propulsion,

    Launch and reentry aerodynamics,

    Environmental control and life support,

    Introduction to aerospace structures,

    Structural mechanics,

    Structural dynamics,

    Impact dynamics and spacecraft protection,

    Space communications,

    On-board data handling,

    Software development,

     

    Modeling of dynamic systems,

    Classical control,

    Multivariable control for aerospace,

    Space environment,

    Payload engineering and instrumentation,

    Earth observation and the environment,

    Software skills – Satellite Tool Kit / CAD (CATIA) / Matlab Simulink / Nastran Patran / ESATAN ESARAD

    Optional subjects undertaken:

    GPS and INS with sensors and data fusion,
    Spacecraft attitude dynamics and control (Dr S. Hardacre, EADS Astrium)

     

    ·       University of Sydney – Bachelor of Engineering, Aeronautical Space Engineering

    Year of completion:

    2003 – 2007

    Grade achieved:

    Honours, grade 2.2

    Major group work:

    Design and construction of a cubesat. My role was the payload subsystem (optical camera) design and integration, and image processing software.

    Thesis work:

    ‘Automatic Video Tracking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’

    Subjects included:

    Fluid mechanics,

    Thermodynamics,

    Aerodynamics,

    Computational fluid dynamics,

    Aerospace structures,

    Aerospace design,

    System dynamics and control,

    Propulsion,

    Flight mechanics (aircraft dynamics)

    Advanced flight mechanics (modelling flight characteristics from flight test data, state space control),

    Space engineering 1 (astrodynamics, orbital mechanics and propulsion),

    Space engineering 2 (systems engineering, including cubesat group design project),

    Space engineering 3 (inertial navigation systems, GPS and remote sensing)

    ·       Carmel High School – Perth, Australia

    Year of completion:

    2002

    Subjects taken:

    Chemistry, physics, calculus, applicable mathematics, English literature, economics

    Grade achieved:

    99.1st percentile in the state of Western Australia

    Achievements:

    Prize for ‘Exemplary Application in Secular Subjects’, Academic award in final year

     

    Employment history

    ·       Aeronautical Engineers Australia

    Position:

    Industrial placement, Perth office

    Dates:

    December 2005 – March 2006

    Tasks undertaken:

    Various, including CAD drafting, materials testing and review of aviation regulations to company projects.

    Outcomes:

    I gained a much greater understanding of the aeronautical and aviation industries in Australia, acquired greater skills in various engineering tasks and proficiency in the tools required for these tasks. I also improved my project management skills.

     

    Software skills

    ·       Windows OS – 2000 / XP / Vista

    ·       Microsoft Office – Word / Excel / PowerPoint / Publisher / Outlook

    ·       Matlab and Simulink

    ·       Satellite Took Kit

    ·       Other engineering packages – Fluent, ESATAN / ESARAD, Strand 7, SolidWorks, CATIA, AutoCAD and Rhinoceros 3D

    Other qualifications

    ·       Australian private pilots license (PPL)

    Memberships

    ·       Graduate member of Engineers Australia

    ·       CranSEDS (Cranfield University branch of the UKSEDS society)

    Positions held

    ·       Secretary of the Mandelbaum House Resident’s Society (college of the University of Sydney), 2003 & 2004

    ·       Committee member of the International House Member’s Association (college of the University of Sydney), 2007

    ·       Vice-chair of CranSEDS, 2008/09

    Outside interests

    I enjoy traveling and experiencing as much of the world that I can. Over five months in 2008 I made my way from the UK through Eastern and Western Europe. I have a love of aircraft and flight, and have enjoined gaining my pilots license to fly light aircraft in Australia. I enjoy swimming, and playing squash with friends.

    References

     

    Dr Peter Roberts

    Dr Jennifer Kingston

    Position:

     

     

     

    Course director – MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering,

    Space Research Center, Cranfield University

     

     

    Lecturer, Cranfield Space Research Center, Cranfield University

     

     

     


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