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Choosing a Major

Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by TJsmom, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. TJsmom

    TJsmom 5-Year Member

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    Which field would be best suited for a person interested in designing firearms? I see 32 available majors with the Air Force Academy. Is there a webpage with links that describe what typical careers go with the particular majors? :confused:
     
  2. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Designing firearms?

    Hmm...that's a VERY small field...

    I would think that mechanical engineering would help...but anything that deals with metallurgy, etc., might be helpful.

    Best way to answer this?

    Go to Colt, Smith & Wesson, Glock, etc, websites and send them an e-mail and ask them! After all, they have a few of those type folks working for them!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  3. Kero

    Kero 5-Year Member

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    ^^^^

    Mech E, deffiantly the right choice but be prepared for the fact that you will probably do nothing with firearms until mabey your senior project if you can come up with something interesting to do in that field.
     
  4. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Ah yes, another believer!!! :thumb:

    We "Mechies" have always had fun with the other engineering sciences; especially Civil Engineering types.

    They always would brag: "We CE's build the future, the pyramids, the aqueducts, major cities, bridges, viaducts, roadways, airports, etc...etc...we make them ALL!"

    To which we would gleefully point out: "Oh, I GET IT!!! While we Mechies build weapons, you CE types...you build TARGETS!" :yllol:

    Could always count on a "firm" reaction! :thumb:

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
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    (Mechie)
     
  5. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

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    Honestly, don't worry about the minutia regarding your major and set more sights(no pun intended) on your career path. Your military career will help you get there just as quickly if you choose wisely.

    Maybe you want to explore CE because that can be converted into working conditions of the range. Maybe you want to explore SP, because that will help in the design. In the end your going to have strong engineering background out of the AFA no matter what your major is.

    You need to look at the big picture down the road, not the small picture just about your major.
     

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