The Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management (AEMEM) program offers a wide range of engineering and management positions, from engineer to astronaut.
For more than two decades, AEMEM has attracted engineers and scientists from across the globe to study aerospace engineering in one of the most competitive jobs in the world.
But in a move that could have ramifications for NASA, a NASA contractor recently announced that the aerospace engineering career will be eliminated starting on Jan. 1, 2021, as part of a reorganization that also includes cutting positions across the agency.
NASA said that the changes to the career were made to make the position more competitive.
The decision was made to eliminate AEMEMS in order to focus on a new approach to recruitment and training that is focused on the development of a diverse team of engineers and leaders, said Jason Deveau, director of the aerospace and space exploration program at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The new recruitment and selection process will help us better meet our objectives for NASA in the future, Deveaux said.
AEMET is part of the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Aerospace Engineering Training program, which is an extension of the Air Force Aerospace Engineering program.
The Air Force program, in which NASA recruits engineers and other leaders for the Air National Guard, has an average pay rate of $125,000 per year.
It also is a part of NASA’s Space Technology Development Program, which builds spacecraft and launch vehicles.
In the past, engineers and NASA staff members were recruited and trained at the Airborne Engineering and Technology Training Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
Now, AAMET employees will be working in a different space, Devenau said.
The change to AEMETS positions will mean a reduction in NASA’s workforce of about 100 engineers and technicians, and about 2,200 more people in NASA science, technology, engineering and math programs, NASA said in a statement.
NASA is also cutting its astronaut program, part of its effort to create a larger, better-paying career in the space agency.
The cuts include positions that are currently filled by engineers and flight controllers.
NASA says that it has about 11,000 employees in its astronaut corps, and that the new cuts will bring that number down to less than 6,000.
The reductions will be made as NASA moves to streamline its recruitment and hiring process and improve the career paths of the engineers and space program staff.
AAMETS program offers more than 30,000 jobs in aerospace and defense engineering, engineering technology and operations management.
Deveaus told reporters that the cuts will have an impact on people who are looking to apply for these positions.
Devenaus told The Associated Press that he was not sure when the job cuts would be made, but that he expects the changes in the jobs program to happen before the end of the year.
The AEME program has attracted more than 300,000 applicants for the program since its inception in 1998.
About 100,000 of those have been accepted into the program, he said.
This article was originally published by The Associated News and was republished with permission.
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