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October 26, 1999
QuestChat with Charles Stangeland

Intern Machinist
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Tue Oct 26 11:16:08 1999

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Hello to our early arriving chat participants. Today's Aerospace Team Online chat with Charles Stangeland will begin shortly. Be sure you have read Charles' profile at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/stangeland.html to prepare your questions.

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Today's chat will be MODERATED to help Charles keep up with our questions. DON'T WORRY if your questions do not appear immediately during moderation. We will post new questions as Charles answers those ahead of you.

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[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 14 - 10:27:11 ]
Hello and welcome to today's Aerospace Team Online chat with Charles Stangeland from NASA Ames Research Center. Charles Stangeland is an intern in the machine shop. He is currently working with his mentors to prepare for the High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) wind tunnel test. They are making parts that the tunnel mechanics, facility, or model may need for the test.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 15 - 10:27:42 ]
And now, here is Charles Stangeland to answer your questions.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 18 - 10:28:24 ]
good morning.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 25 - 10:34:14 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] Is it difficult to learn to use the machines? Did you have any experience with similar machines before you became an intern at NASA?
yes I been playing around at home for years. but if your are mechanical minded it is an easy thing to pick up and learn (computer numerical control) is a different ball game because you also half to be good with computers.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 26 - 10:34:33 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] Do you design parts or just set up the machines to make them?
I do get to do some design work. It's usually because of some problem that needs to be reengineered.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 31 - 10:38:03 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] I recently handled some machined parts at ASU that may some day go to Mars on one of the spacecraft. These parts were quite detailed and made of aluminum. They were black and looked almost like plastic. How are aluminum parts turned black? Do you do that type of thing in your shop? How is it done?
he black coating is called anodizing. It adds a protective cover to the barrel. We don't do that here. We send that out to be done in a specialty shop.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 32 - 10:38:07 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] What type of jobs can a person do with a degree in Industrial Technology?
cnc machinist, design engineering, general machinist work, cad cam drafting , computer programming.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 36 - 10:39:54 ]
RE: [Kerri] What are some unusual tasks you do every day ?
well I do a lot of programming of large machine tool like mills and lathes. I also run the mills and lathes. They're manually operated.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 37 - 10:41:11 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] Are math and science an important part of your job? Do you do much writing as part of your job?
Science help understand your materials and cutting and math is very important when cutting to .0005 of an inch

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 38 - 10:41:58 ]
RE: [Kerri] How did your parents influence you to become an intern machinist?
My dad is totally responsible. He is a shop teacher.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 41 - 10:42:49 ]
RE: [Kerri] Do you think Y2K will have any effect on any experiments at NASA ?
Very minimal impact. We already have gone through extensive testing.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 42 - 10:44:13 ]
RE: [Kerri] Why did you choose this line of work ?
I enjoy making things with my hand. It also is very challenging to design some thing that has to work for years to come

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 45 - 10:46:40 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] Are the parts made in your shop normally made out of metal? What types of material are used?
We try to use mostly [aluminum] (Al). It is like cutting butter. Stainlesses are very hard difficult to cut. But sometimes they are needed for strength. We also use plastic wood graphite, brass bronze.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 46 - 10:47:29 ]
RE: [Kerri] How long do have to finish your internship ?
already finished my year in June. I'm extension now

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 48 - 10:49:50 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] How long ago did you graduate from High School? Are you going to school now? If so, which courses are you taking?
I'm embarrassed to say I'm Leland [H.S.], Class of '95. I'm still in De Anza JC. I've taken care of my G.E. [general education] and received a couple of AA degrees and I plan transfer to SJSU next fall.

[ MichelleMock/CoronaCA - 49 - 10:50:08 ]
What is the wind speed in the supersonic wind tunnel? Do you have to do anything different when you construct your stand and other parts to withstand the wind speeds?

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 53 - 10:53:30 ]
the stand that i'm designing is out side the tunnel and shines throughout the windows and measures the shock waves off the model. Yes, tunnel is s-sonic

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 50 - 10:51:05 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] What type of light is used for the light source you are making for the windtunnel?
it is a knife edge. Basically fiber optics spread out in a row.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 51 - 10:51:40 ]
Mr. Sussex's Class, feel free to submit additional questions for Charles if you have more!

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 55 - 10:55:42 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] How did you get your intern job at NASA? Do you work at Ames Research Center?
yes I am at the Ames 12 pwt wind tunnel. I got into the internship through De Anza JC. I just applied for the program and interviewed.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 58 - 10:56:56 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] What hours do you work? What do you like to do in your spare time?
I work 20hrs during school 40 out. I like to rebuild old cars trucks and tractors in my spare time.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 59 - 10:58:08 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] Do you have any pets? What kind of pets do you like best?
yep I not kidding 100+ goats 15 pigs 3 horses

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 62 - 10:59:01 ]
RE: [Francis] What did you like to do in and out of school other then soccer?
Marching band; been doing that for about 10 years

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 63 - 10:59:03 ]
RE: [Charles/NASA-Intern] yep I not kidding 100 goats 15 pigs 3 horses
Wow! Charles, where do you keep them all?! You must have a huge farm.

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 64 - 10:59:25 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] How long have you been working for NASA?
Year and a half

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 67 - 11:00:31 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] Thank you for chatting with all of us!
We're glad we could answer your questions today, Mrs. Mock. Thank you for joining us!

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 68 - 11:00:58 ]
RE: [Francis] What is the largest machine you every worked on?
Wow tough. I guess it would be a Haas vf-6 mill. It is the largest machine I ever operated

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 69 - 11:01:20 ]
RE: [MichelleMock/CoronaCA] Thank you for chatting with all of us!
You're welcome

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 72 - 11:02:04 ]
RE: [Francis] What types of animals projects have you done?
4-H pigs, goats mostly

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 73 - 11:02:45 ]
RE: [Francis] What are some other projects you plan to work on?
I have an Oliver tractor I'm working on

[ Charles/NASA-Intern - 74 - 11:03:39 ]
RE: [Charles/NASA-Intern] I have an Oliver tractor I'm working on
I don't know what my next project here will be yet.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 76 - 11:07:09 ]
This concludes today's Aerospace Team Online chat with Charles Stangeland from NASA Ames Research Center. We would like to thank Charles for sharing his time answering our questions today. Thanks to our participants for joining us, too!

[ Francis - 71 - 11:01:45 ]
Good-Bye and thanks.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 77 - 11:07:34 ]
Be sure to share your thoughts about today's chat with us at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/qchats.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 78 - 11:08:39 ]
Join us for our next Aero Desgin Team Online chat on Monday, November 1, with Grant Palmer form NASA Ames Research Center. Find out more about this chat at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/common/events.cgi?prj_adto.

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An archive of today's chat will be available soon. Have a good day!


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