Steven Bosscher (29) graduated from Delft Aerospace in 2005. He has been working for Global Technics (GT) since early 2006 as stress engineer and project manager:
I started working for GT as a stress engineer almost two years ago. I wanted to work for a fast growing company in the hi-tech industry. The aircraft industry always appealed to me, because of the international orientation of this industry, and the technological challenges in aircraft development. After my graduation, I briefly looked at other industries, but nothing compares to, say, seeing an Airbus A380 and knowing you are responsible for parts of it.
GT is unique in that we participate in every stage of the aircraft development cycle, from concept definition to certification. Since I started at GT, I already worked on five different aircraft in various projects, and on almost every discipline that a stress engineer can work on. I have defined aircraft loads, validated repairs for a flying fleet, constructed finite element models, defined and supervised component tests, and performed static and fatigue justifications.
GT provides me the space and freedom to display excellence and get more hands-on experience than I would have had in larger companies. If I need additional education to be more effective for my job, GT allows me to participate in courses and educational programs.
In my current position, I serve as project manager for the A320 Extended Service Goal project. In this project, we have to justify a prolonged fatigue life of Airbus’s successful Single Aisle aircraft family. I coordinate a team of engineers, and I take care of the communication about technical issues with our customer. I am responsible for the fatigue and damage tolerance justification and for a full-scale A320 fatigue test, amongst other things.