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12-15-2017 04:27 PM  10 months agoPost 1
joeskeeter

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Does Darpa hire people that might have extensive
radio control, rc helicopter building, technical skills?

Hard to figure much from their website.
Only jobs listed are mostly nothing that
I can document that I have experience in.

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12-15-2017 05:11 PM  10 months agoPost 2
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I'm not sure how much DARPA does on their own and how much they rely on engineers at the various defense contractors to create prototypes for projects. I have a friend who is an engineer with one of the bigger defense contractors and has done some R/C stuff for some cool projects.

He is a mechanical engineer though, and the R/C stuff is just a part of his job there. I don't think you can get on with an outfit like that without bringing a lot more to the table than just talent with R/C.

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12-17-2017 02:12 AM  10 months agoPost 3
RM3

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agreed...
saying you do RC for DARPA is like telling the top building engineering firm your heavy into Legos...

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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12-18-2017 11:54 AM  10 months agoPost 4
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Autoresponded reply.Removed advanced Lego assembly from my resume.

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12-18-2017 02:30 PM  10 months agoPost 5
RM3

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glad you saw the humor in that...

FWIW...

I have applied to Space X three times... they made it clear on the third try that they were looking specifically for individuals with aeronautical engineering degrees and sufficient experience to prove that any graduate work they did involved actually getting something to the edge of space and back in one piece... OR your are a young ex-NASA engineer...

all others need not apply...

they didnt care for my skills in electronics, embedded computer controls, pneumatic, hydraulics or industrial controls and my military background was irrelevant...

I suspect DARPA is no different.

seems the only places that would like to see such skill is any firm currently in need of a Drone pilot/technician... and I suspect that line to get an interview is miles long.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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12-18-2017 03:06 PM  10 months agoPost 6
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Assuming every employer/job opportunity has the same requirements is a recipe for failure.

Heck, Carl Sagan was denied tenure at Harvard University.

Sure, many jobs jobs, especially in engineering, have strict educational requirements including advanced degrees and some even requiring post doctorate work. However, there are also a lot of hands-on technician jobs that may only require experience or perhaps an associate's degree.

The key is to network, the vast majority jobs are never even advertised. The other key is to find jobs that match your skills set and be realistic. Additional formal training/education is never a bad thing.

  

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12-18-2017 04:17 PM  10 months agoPost 7
ICUR1-2

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Ace Dude
The key is to network, the vast majority jobs are never even advertised. The other key is to find jobs that match your skills set and be realistic. Additional formal training/education is never a bad thing.
+100% on that
It's not like the old days.
Today it's not what you know it's Who you know.

spending time, paying attention

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12-19-2017 02:25 PM  10 months agoPost 8
icanfly

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this is the closest related subject to rc helis I found by doing a search of "darpa jobs" https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2017-12-14 , you might see a job request by darpa in the search.

Sometimes jobs are acquired by moving sideways from one business to another, taking all the knowledge you gained but saw no room for moving up the ladder in the co you worked for.

What does darpa do? research into advanced tech for military applications, does your rc experience include military use? They are interested in gps guidance however.

The most likely way you could get into an agency like darpa is to have worked for a company that has supplied and or worked for the military in some respect already. If your an inventor that holds secret patents the military would find advantageous to their bottom line then that would show an aptitude for new ideas. Usually a lot of inventions are better suited to civilian applications where more money can be made and you either own your own company or are employed as a top tier individual.

Jobs in areas of industry that are exclusive to top level thinkers often require superior forms of validation like diplomas in engineering however nothing is written in stone so it shouldn't stop you from trying to apply, for at least a job moping floors maybe.

maybe, like maybe if you worked for nasa first, you have to have an "edge" in life to stand out from the pack to be noticed.

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12-20-2017 11:45 AM  10 months agoPost 9
joeskeeter

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Appreciate the replies.
What icanfly said makes the most sense.
If you have managed to develop something
of interest, then it's probably a case of they'll find you,
rather than you finding them.
In that case, you have a better position of
negotiating, since they want what you have.
If you haven't had the fortune of developing something, then maybe networking.
Being in a place where you can attend events like the link posted,
is a plus too.

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