Meet Ira Chandler
NASA Ames Research Center
Who I am
I am an Instrumentation Technician. I install, calibrate, check, and set
up all the instruments. We assist the engineers in preparing the model
for the test and in solving problems. I have been at NASA Ames Research
Center for two years.
My Career Path
I have been in instrumentation for over twenty years. I worked for the
FMC Corporation in Newark for twenty years and before that I worked for
Romic Environmental Corporation for five years. I graduated from Laney
College in Oakland where I studied electronics. I always knew that I wanted
to work with my hands. I had a mentor named Felix Dandois who gave me
some encouragement in my work.
Why I Like my Job
I enjoy having the opportunity to work with engineers. I enjoy each new
project. I get to open something up and get my hands on it. There can
be thousands of wires and I learn where each one goes. I gain an understanding
of the importance of each wire and how neatly they have been connected.
The is a great satisfaction in knowing that each job starts as a wiring
diagram on a piece of paper and after you have installed the instrumentation
it all checks out. ThereÕs a joy in making it all work.
My advice to a young person is to pick you career field and then start
out at the bottom and work your way up. I think this is the best way to
really get the experience and knowledge that will allow to tackle jobs
with confidence. Always take pride in your work and it will always work
out right. ItÕs a wonderful time to be alive. How far you go depends on
your determination and your ability. You can go a long way if you are
In my free time I play golf, my handicap is about 18. I used to enjoy
bowling but now I have trouble with my knees. I have three children and
two grandchildren. I used to have a cockatiel. I also enjoy barbecuing.