STEM Career Questionnaire for Students

In my last post, I shared a write up I drafted for AIA (Aerospace Industries Association) with the intent of reaching students and encouraging them to investigate STEM careers in Aerospace Manufacturing. Below is the short questionnaire I answered as well, which was featured on the front page of AIA’s website during National Engineers Week.


After answering the three questions, I also created an enticing job description to really help convey the excitement behind my job as a Manufacturing Engineer at Click Bond. I have found it hard to explain and excite younger students about manufacturing. The term seems to fall on deaf ears. However, when you really dive into what we do and how it connects to everything, it is so much fun! Do you have any ideas on how to get students excited about manufacturing?  Please leave a comment and share your ideas!

Name: Leah Ochs
College: University of Nevada, Reno
Field of study: BS, Mechanical Engineering
Position at Click Bond: Manufacturing Engineer
Years at Click Bond:  4 years

What do you find exciting about your area of focus or your specific job at Click Bond?
I love knowing that the systems that I help manufacture end up on countless aircraft and other types of vehicles. My work doesn’t just touch one project, it spans them all! From the Mars Rover to the Boeing and Airbus jets we all use for every day transportation, I get to say I have a hand in it all. Specifically, I have been working on Lean Manufacturing Initiatives, working to streamline our processes and focusing on continuous improvement. The challenge to be continuously improving our processes keeps me on my toes and leaves me with a career I will never grow tired of.

Why do you think young adults should consider careers in STEM?
STEM is a career path with unlimited opportunities. You truly can do anything you want to and far beyond your imagination when you work hard and stay focused. STEM professionals push the boundaries and break the rules (in a good way), to launch humanity into the next generation of innovation. Be a part of a world changing industry and make a difference!

Anything else you’d like to provide that you think would encourage someone to consider a STEM career?
Investigate all areas of STEM and I can guarantee that if you are willing to work for it, you will find yourself in a career that could literally take you to the moon and back.


Would you like to be a part of not one spacecraft, but nearly every aviation advancement being developed? As a Manufacturing Engineer for Click Bond, you will help design new processes and streamline existing processes that produce thousands of parts for the most innovative projects at hand. Your role is vital to ensure that the most advanced installation systems for countless projects are delivered with the upmost efficiency.

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