1655. Training of Mass Properties Engineers


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C J Shamburger: 1655. Training of Mass Properties Engineers. 1985.



The need for Mass Properties Engineers is growing in the Marine Industry. In order to meet this demand at Ingalls Shipbuilding, a comprehensive training program was initiated. The objective of this paper is to outline a program to train people to carry out the assigned function of a Mass Properties Engineer. Listed below are qualifications you would expect a trainee to have after completing the training course and working a year in the Mass Properties Engineering field.
1. Be able to read blue prints and have knowledge of drawing/design development and production techniques.
2. Be able to utilize empirical and analytical equations, structural analysis techniques, and electronic computing equipment.
3. Possess extensive knowledge of materials and how they can be employed to the best weight advantage.
4. Have a working knowledge of electronic, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, armament and propulsion systems.
5. Possess a thorough knowledge of principles of Naval Architecture, especially in hydrostatics, geometry of ship and stability (inclining experiment) area.
6. Be well versed in weight reporting techniques, identifying adverse trends and making recommendations to correct weight and KG problems.
In order to carry out the above functions, individuals must be selected that usually have a degree in Aeronautical, Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or a degree in Naval Architecture. A degree in Math, Computer Science and Industrial Arts is also acceptable along with non-degreed people with extensive shipyard experience.
Degreed or experienced individuals (at least one year in Engineering within the shipyard) selected, can be trained in 36 classroom hours to become productive Mass Properties Engineers in a lead position. This paper is intended to give marine, and with some correlation, aeronautical industries, an approach to training their employees in the mass properties field.


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