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My name is Wesley Yates.

I am a first-year student attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL working towards a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in Astronautics.

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My goal is to use this degree along with my Mechanical Engineering degree to secure a job designing spacecraft. Hopefully I will get to ride in them as well!

I have minimal experience in the aerospace field outside of the group project to design a liquid fuel rocket. Most of my experience is in the mechanical engineering field, specifically design and prototype analysis. The majority of this experience comes from working on a Skills USA Engineering Design and Development prototype. I have also had some real life applications of my machining skills working on truck rotors for one of my old community college professors.

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I also have experience working in group and management situations. My most notable group project is the Skills USA project. I was assigned as the project manager for this team, we made it to second place in the state finals.

I learned quite a bit about time management during high school when I was dual enrolled in college taking 15 credit hours. At the time I worked at a Phase II Wendy’s training incoming managers. I also made it to Regionals in pole vault during that time.

During this IFixIt project I intend to further develop my skills in technical writing and project managing. This will be my first publication and I intend to add it to my resume experience upon the successful completion of the project.