Andrew Meiers

Andrew Meiers

LAEP 1A Program Improvement Leader


GE Aviation

Lafayette, IN USA


You can always change career fields. Just because you go in a specific direction doesn’t mean that’s the only thing you can do.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Grew up in Indianapolis, IN.
While in elementary school, he was a part of a space and aviation club which sparked his early interest in all things space and flying.
Knew very early on that he wanted to major in engineering in college—he attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he graduated with degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
In college, he learned about turbines, which are very similar to jet engines, and manufacturing processes, while interning at a power plant.
He also interned with the United Space Alliance at the Johnson Space Center, where he had the opportunity to work with flight control for the International Space Station.
Admits that when he first got to college, he struggled with the workload for some of his classes—says having an outlet (clubs, sports, etc.) forced him to learn how to manage his time.
He began working for GE Aviation right out of college and for the next 7 years, he was part of a rotational program where he moved to a new city every 6 months.
After all of that moving around, GE Aviation finally had a permanent position open up in Indiana, so he decided to move back home permanently.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Mechanical Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Bachelor
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Graduate
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Career

LAEP 1A Program Improvement Leader

I supervise teams that build aircraft engines ensuring quality and safety standards are met.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Technology
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

My day begins with a production meeting to discuss the status of our builds and any issues that the teams need help resolving. Throughout my day, I’ll spend time working on cost out projects, doing various shop capacity and strategy analyses and help our teams solve problems that are stopping their engine builds. Towards the end of the day, I will attend another production meeting to discuss the day's progress and any new issues that came up.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

There are two important skill sets to have for this job: problem-solving and people skills. Being able to work through manufacturing problems that arise and helping others work through problems is critical to the success of the shop. People skills are just as important as problem-solving skills. In manufacturing, you work with all types of people and being able to effectively lead in all types of situations is critical to a shop’s success.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Obtaining an internship with a company in the field you are interested in while still in college will give you the experience needed to help you obtain an entry-level job in your field.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Engineering, General
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't think I'll be able to do this work."

Challenges I Overcame

Relocation / Moving