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Emma Davis

Emma Davis

Flight Test Engineer


Beta Technologies

Plattsburgh, NY USA


If we even try to take a very small step to reduce emissions, eventually enough people will take a small step and that’s going to make an impact that’s going to have a difference.

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My Career Path
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How I Got Into Sustainable Aviation
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Day In The Life Of A Flight Test Engineer

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I’ve loved planes since I was a child.
Growing up, I kept that passion for planes and knew that’s what I wanted to pursue as a career.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and my master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Utah State University.
After graduating, I got a job as a flight test engineer at Sikorsky, where I worked for about four years.
I knew I wanted to be more in the forefront of aviation, so I started doing research and found Beta Technologies, which was focused on creating all-electric aircrafts.
After visiting Beta Technologies, I jumped at the opportunity to join the team as a flight test engineer.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Mechanical Engineering
Utah State University
Graduate
Aerospace Engineering
Utah State University

Career

Flight Test Engineer

I'm a flight test engineer for an aerospace and aviation company focused on creating all-electric aircrafts.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Technology
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

On days where we’re not flight testing, there's a lot of preparation for upcoming tests. This includes defining what data needs to be collected, how it will be collected, and conducting a safety assessment on that plan. On days where there is a flight test, I usually fill the role of test conductor directing our control room.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I recommend trying out different jobs or internships in order to figure out what you love. Pay attention to what you did and didn't like about those experiences. Then, once you narrow it down and find something you love, find someone in that field to help mentor you along your journey.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Mechanical Engineering
graduate
Graduate
Aerospace Engineering

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Imposter Syndrome

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