How to Hire Good Engineers
This course will provide actionable guidance to hiring managers on how to select the best candidates from the labor pool. There will be an emphasis on ensuring technical competence while ensuring that there is a good personality fit with your corporate culture. Technical questions and styles will be provided for various engineering fields.
This course will provide guidance on the conversion of commercial off the shelf (COTS) parts to military and space rated ruggedization. Lessons learned and best practices guidelines will be provided to the engineer responsible for designing robust systems or retrofitting existing hardware. Failure modes and analysis techniques to determine hardware acceptance will be covered.
Margins of Safety, Factors of Safety, and Design Factors
This course will provide an overview of all the factors that go into a typical structural or system level analysis. The history of common aerospace and specification based safety factors will be reviewed with recommended data for newly designed systems. Topics covered will include the origin of the ultimate factor of safety of 1.5 in aircraft, gust factors, yield factors, buckling factors, casting factors, fitting factors, pressure vessel factors, man rated factors, NASA approved factors, and more.
The SMC computing environment (how to get your job done despite IT)
This course will provide an introduction into the SMC computing environment. This environment is based on open source and inexpensive software to augment the typical computing environment supplied by corporate IT. This layer of non-administrator required software gives almost unlimited ability to add functionality and increase effectiveness. Topics will include: Cygwin, text editing, perl and python scripts, software substitutes, image manipulation and processing, format conversions, iso creation, virtual machines, web capture, pdf creation and manipulation, and more. The student will receive a CD of all the software illustrated in the course.