Product Life Cycle Manager
I manage the oversight involved in the configuration of space crafts through the product life cycle.
Learning / Being Challenged
Day to Day
We build satellites and space crafts here, so I am responsible for overseeing the configuration of those things as they get built. They are built in different phases, integrated together, and prepared for shipment to the launch site. I mainly provide system administration support for a specific gate event, which is a step in the build process. I manage a specific tool that programs use and help it move along the milestones it needs to meet. It involves creating criteria and providing security.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
Embrace new technologies and business techniques. Don't be afraid to try things that are foreign to you or that you are uncomfortable with. Be open to new things. Be adaptable. People succeed in this field if they are analytical and organized.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for everyone
Find the company and work environment that suits you and your temperament. Don't be afraid to go through the tough times and struggle to get ahead. The key is to persevere through those times and allow them to make you stronger. Try to plan ahead as much as you can for your career. Do your research and figure out what you want to do early on.
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