Amazing Career Journeys
Andy Thomas is living many young people’s dream of being an astronaut. But as a kid growing up in Adelaide, Andy was just like any normal, inquisitive child. He enjoyed learning about how things worked and the world around him. His interests in maths and science led him to study Mechanical Engineering which opened up a new world of opportunities for Andy. Now working for NASA in the United States,he’s taken four flights to space including a visit to the Mir Space station.
Questions & Answers
- What is the best aspect about your work?
- The technical challenges that require creative thinking, the opportunity to boldy go..............the excitement
- What is the most challenging aspect about your work?
- Maintaining the proper perspective and understanding what is happening in very dynamic situations
- What high school and/or Uni/TAFE did you go to?
- University of Adelaide
- What did you study in further education?
- Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in fluid mechanics. The emphasis was lab work which was very hands on, and taught me a wealth of additional technical skills that have been very useful as an astronaut.
- What is the best career advice you can give to someone is interested in going down a similar path?
- Define what you want out of your career, set your interim goals, plan an approach to make them real, and never give up on your dreams.