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Question asked by Ankita Katdare in #Coffee Room on Dec 2, 2013
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare · Dec 2, 2013
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I have read that engineering graduates from core engineering branches as well as from Software and IT have an aspiration to join NASA sometime in their career. Reaching out to the stars might be their inspiration. Some people want to be astronauts, some behind-the-scene technology architects and builders and some just think it's cool to wear the NASA Jackets (remember Howard from Big Bang Theory, did ya?)
So, since the selection process is not known to many, let us discuss the basic question - "How does NASA hire engineers?" This is a general question coming from chemical, automobile, aeronautics, civil as well as computer science engineers.

Well, the people that work at the various NASA centers have generally come from one of the two ways - They are either civil servant employees hired directly by NASA or they are contractor employees hired by a contractor who has a NASA contract.

The first and foremost thing you should do is, check the NASAJobs website:
https://nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/default.htm
It has a lot of initiatives like - internships, cooperative programs and summer employment programs.

To find the current openings with NASA, you can get the relevant information here: https://nasajobs.nasa.gov/default.htm

Since we are engineering website, we are focusing on only the technical/engineering and scientific jobs at NASA.

The category which requires knowledge in a specialized field such as science, math, engineering, law or accounting (depending on the specific position) require a bachelor's degree or higher degree with major study in a specialized field in one of the following -
  • Aerospace Engineering,
  • Biology,
  • Computer Engineering,
  • Computer Science,
  • General Engineering,
  • Meteorology
If you have any queries about NASA's hiring process, what to do or what not to do, ask your questions in replies below. Let us answer them together. Posted in: #Coffee Room

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