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Spacesuit design engineer Want a career path that will blow the minds of everyone you meet? If you’re interested in engineering and design, and are a little bit obsessed with space, then you can do no better than designing the number one choice of clothing for astronauts. Yes, spacesuit design engineering might sound a little intimidating, but invest a few good years in graduate studies and you could find yourself working on a spacesuit worn by someone on Mars. One of the coolest places any science graduate could end up working after spending years hitting the books and sweating over exam results is a space agency like NASA. And of all the jobs going at NASA, designing space suits has to be up there as one of the most interesting. Working in a large team of engineers, spacesuit designers develop spacesuits so future generations may be able to walk on Mars, move with more freedom around the International Space Station, and safely spacewalk in style. Taking into account a mindboggling amount of intricate, critical factors, spacesuit design engineers have a killer combination of raw intelligence, a good work ethic, the ability to think with logic, and a supreme amount of engineering knowledge. Apart from having the technical skills to work on spacesuit design, engineers must be able to work in teams and communicate well with others. Writing complex reports is a huge part of the job, so possessing good writing skills is also useful. Want to be a spacesuit engineer but don’t know where to start? Well, start paying attention in mathematics and physics classes as you’ll need to get extraordinarily good grades in both to progress to tertiary studies in aerospace engineering. With only the very best of the best selected to work at NASA, so-so candidates just won’t make the cut. And rightly so, considering the high-stakes nature of space

exploration. Spacesuits aren’t just for comfort; they are a vehicle in themselves – wired up for communications, fitted with safety systems designed to preserve the life of astronauts and to enable them to pull off mission-critical tasks. With very few roles available and years of study required to even get a chance at an internship with a space agency, spacesuit design engineering is a career for the very lucky few. But don’t let that intimidate you or put you off – it’s not rocket science (except it kind of is).

The lowdown

Education or qualifications: A degree in engineering is essential. Postgraduate studies in space science are also usually required. Experience required: Experience working for space agencies is essential to spacesuit design. Experience designing spacesuits doesn’t come easy though and is mostly attained through programs designed to give experience to new engineering graduates. Training: NASA runs internships for college students and graduates. This is the ideal way to gain the highly specialised training required to work in spacesuit design and engineering. Restrictions: Security clearance checks are required.

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