Taking the Next Steps in Your Aerospace Career

  • Instructed by Dr. Angela Trego, PE, PMP, FHEA, AIAA Associate Fellow.
  • In this 16 hour course, the most important Professional Development skills are taught for Aerospace Engineers looking to advance their careers


Are you satisfied with your aerospace career? Are you just starting out or wanting that next promotion? Where do you see yourself in the future? Do you want to pursue the technical or managerial path? No matter where you are on your professional journey, understanding the requirements and developing the skills needed to advance your aerospace career are a necessary element.

This course will enhance your soft skills in a technical environment to support individual growth. You will learn communication, networking, negotiation, and career planning skills as you look to taking those next steps in your aerospace career.

Learning Objectives

· Define the various career opportunities for aerospace engineers

· Gain confidence in your technical and non-technical skills

· Discuss various soft skills such as time management, negotiation, and strategic planning

· Explore various types of communication skills ranging from giving presentations to giving feedback

· Understand the necessary skills needed to transition from being an engineer to a manager
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Who Should Attend

This course intended for early and mid-career professionals looking to gain the non-technical skills necessary to go further in their careers.


Class 1: I’ve Got A Great Design. Now, How Do I Sell It?

An engineer may have the greatest design or piece of analysis in the world but if you can’t communicate it to the right people in the right way your design will never be realized. How do you do that? What happens if you need to present to a coworker? A manager? A CEO? A customer? Each of these require slightly different approaches. These skills will help you not only be a better engineer, but also help you in your career advancement as you learn how to present information in a more meaningful manner.

Class 2: How to Have a 5 Course Meal at Dollar Menu Prices: Effective Time Management Strategies

No matter what we do we only ever have 24 hours in a day. Time is one of our most precious commodities. How can we most effectively utilize those hours? What can we do to stretch our time? Learn 7 keys to managing your time to be the most productive person you can be…effectively making a five-course meal out of dollar menu items. Effective time management can help increase productivity and reduce stress. These tutorials explore time management tips that focus on prioritization, planning, learning to say no and understanding resources. Increase your time management skills to stay organized, keep a clear mind, and be more productive—in work and life.

Class 3: Building Blocks for Your Own Career Path

Where do you want to be in 5, 10, or 20 years? How do you get to where you want to be? How could you get to that dream position faster? To develop these pathways, one 2 of 3 must be mindful of opportunities and strategies that can provide continued professional growth and development in areas of interest. This course will expose you to the different career paths available for an aerospace engineer and provide valuable skills to fast track you to that next promotion.

Class 4: Gain Confidence by Squashing the Impostor Syndrome

The Impostor Syndrome paralyzes us into thinking we don’t belong and don’t have the skills to succeed. Discover what’s holding you back and how to gain the confidence you need to be successful.

Class 5: That’s My Best and Final Offer – Basics of Negotiations

You are constantly negotiating in life whether it be with colleagues, customers, suppliers, bosses, family, or friends. While we don’t have control over whether we negotiate or not we do have control on whether we negotiate better or worse than others. Learn tools and tactics to increase your skills as an ethical negotiator. Transform your stress of negotiations into confidence as you enjoy dramatically better outcomes for all parties involved.

Class 6: Leadership Transitions – But I’ve Never Done That Before?

I used to be the expert, now I’m the boss – help! You’ve been successful in your area of expertise as an individual contributor and been promoted to the next level – managing and leading those you just worked with! Eck! These areas include work values, time allocation and capabilities. Learn how to rise to becoming a leader who can motivate and enliven attitudes in your team.

Class 7: Feedback as a Survival Skill: 5 Steps to Improve Giving Feedback

One of the toughest things to do is give constructive feedback. Organizations recognize

that feedback is critical to their survival. We will explore how to help improve your employee’s performance and motivation. Learn how to remove the negative connotation of feedback to increase productivity. These skills will improve organizational performance and help build strong positive working relationships amongst your team.

Class 8: The Basics of Strategic Planning

Whether you are guiding your own career, project, group, or company having a strategic plan is imperative for communication and ultimately the success of that entity. Answer questions like why a strategic plan is important and how it differs from goals. Learn the basics of strategic planning, including SWOT analysis, and how you as an individual or group can benefit from this skill.


Dr. Angela Trego, PE, PMP improves technical organization's ability to retain employees and increase diversity to unlock their unlimited potential. She has held technical and senior leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies and is an award-winning teacher. She serves on several technical society advisory boards and non-profit executive boards. She has two patents and over 80 publications. Angela is also an AIAA Associate Fellow. Applying a strong technical background with leadership experiences around the globe and across multiple industries gives Angela a unique perspective on project management, leadership and women in business. Above all, Angela is passionate about empowering others and teaching skills which will allow others to reach their full potential. Additional information about Angela and her other offerings can be found on her website: www.angelatrego.com.


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