STEM Students Survey Engineering Job Opportunities at HAFB
On March 28, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Club students from the New Mexico State University Alamogordo branch campus were granted access to classified sections of Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB) to meet with various engineers and technicians working at the Base. Students were granted access to an F-22 Raptor and interview professionals working to maintain and pilot the aircraft. Students were also able to meet with professionals working with MQ-1/MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA’s), formerly referred to as drones, as they explored the aircrafts and observed RPA live video feeds. STEM Club Members also learned about the 846th Test Squadron, which houses the longest sled track in the world. Here, engineers explained how the track is used to test potential commercial space transportation technologies using realistic flight velocities. Personnel at the 846th not only have the capability to design and engineer their creations, but also fabricate, test and analyze new technologies. Overall, students were excited about the fascinating career opportunities available for engineers right here in New Mexico.