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Dustin's 2nd Semester at L-3 Communications


Experience Information

Employer: L-3 Communications Avionics Systems
Job Title: Software Test Engineering Intern
Major: Engineering - Computer
Received Credit?: Yes
Paid?: Yes

Description of the Organization

L-3 Communications Avionics Systems develops an array of avionics technologies such as navigational aids and complete cockpit systems.

Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed

The semester started out fast and never slowed down. I immediately started work on the Trilogy Electronic Standby Instrument (ESI). The ESI displays attitude, altitude, airspeed, and optional heading data for General Aviation aircraft and helicopters. New features were added to the ESI and I was tasked with developing and running tests on the newly developed software.

Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience

I have learned the software testing process that takes place when new software is developed. Typically this process is the same for any engineering firm, although much stricter within the aviation community. I learned how to read tough mathematical code written in C, develop test cases, execute formal tests, and review test cases written by others. I also understand what it is like to be involved in a fast paced project while ensuring all of my work still meets the standards required.

Favorite Part of the Experience

I really enjoyed seeing this project start and finish. It was great to be a functioning part of a team working towards a common goal. The employees at L-3 Communications have always treated me like a coworker and I am extremely grateful for that. They find new ways to challenge me everyday, and there is no better way to learn than that.

How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals

I have had a great time at L-3 Communications. I keep busy everyday, and I am always learning new things. I really enjoy designing and problem solving and L-3 Communications has allowed me to do just that. This experience has shown me that I will enjoy being an engineer and I hope to continue doing this work for a long time.

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