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Written by: Communicator StaffOctober 03, 2014

“I work at Raytheon. I work in the quality assurance group, so I do more working with industry standards and making sure designs are meeting the industry standards. Whether it be performance standards or manufacturing standards.”

Communicator – What is the creative process like for engineering?

“Since we do electronics for the government, there is usually a need out there that we have people out that are talking to our customers, the Army, Navy, Airforce, and they’re saying ‘What are the threats today? Where do you see vulnerabilities?’ And when they find those, they say we either have something that can do the job for them, or we have to design them.”

Communicator – “How long does it usually take you on average?”

“On average it can take maybe one year for something simple. It could take as long as 5-6 years for something brand new”

Communicator – “Do you mass produce this stuff?”

“We don’t. We send things off to a Raytheon site in Florida or Mississippi and they build what we design.”

Communicator – “What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever worked on?”

“I used to work in our missle group. We made stuff for missles and that’s kind of cool because when you test that it’s pretty easy to tell if it worked or not. It either went ‘boom’ or it didn’t. We made some land mines before.”