Per Merriam-Webster, the word "quiz" as a noun
means: 1) an eccentric person, 2: a practical joke, or 3: the act or action
of quizzing specifically - a short oral or written test. As a verb it means:
1) to make fun of - mock, 2) to look at inquisitively, or 3) to question
closely. Since this "Quiz on Aeronautical Engineering Education" from a 1946
issue of Air Trails magazine is directed toward the reader, its
content does not seem to meet any of the definitions. It can only really be
called a "quiz" if it is directed toward the Northrop Aeronautical
Institute, which it is. It is clearly a case of the reader asking the
questions, not the reader being quizzed on his aeronautical knowledge. I
point this out only because it seems like a deceptive technique for grabbing
the reader's attention by implying a test of technical prowess - in which
the kind of people who read this sort of magazine typically love to
participate. Instead, it is merely an advertisement - or even the first
definition a a verb.
Northrop Aeronautical Institute Advertisement
Quiz on Aeronautical Engineering Education
Here are typical questions asked by men considering careers in Aeronautical Engineering.
Men who realize the great opportunities in this field ask such questions in an earnest
desire to weigh their qualifications. Perhaps you are at the stage of "thinking
about" Aeronautical Engineering. It is for men like you that Northrop Aeronautical
Institute presents these questions and answers. We trust the answers will be helpful,
and shall be glad to go beyond them by replying promptly to any personal inquiry.
Q. My age is 25. Am I too old to take up training in Aeronautical Engineering?
A. No. The average age of men enrolled in Northrop Aeronautical Institute is
24-plus. Some have entered directly from high school. Others have entered after
long periods in the armed forces, their ages extending up into the middle thirties.
Age is of little importance - educational qualification and personal determination
to succeed are the essential factors.
Q. I am a high school graduate with only two years of mathematics. Am I qualified
educationally for your Aeronautical Engineering courses?
A. Yes. Our entrance requirements conform to the standards prescribed by the
National Council of Technical Schools, which specify satisfactory completion of
a 4-year high school course, or its equivalent. In many cases, practical training
and experience - particularly in the armed forces - take the place of a more formal
Q. I was in the service 46 months. Is this experience of any general or specific
value to me?
A. To give an exact answer we should have full information on training and duties.
Many types of training and experience in the service give a student an aptitude
for grasping technical subjects. Also, we have observed that a service background
gives a man a sense of responsibility that leads him to strive for success in his
Air Service Experience
Q. I was in the Air Force, first as a mechanic, then as a fighter pilot. Will
this experience help me in studying to be an aeronautical engineer?
A. All types of air crew and ground crew experience contribute greatly to grasping
aeronautical engineering subjects, and to becoming a better engineer. Knowledge
of aircraft structural details, maintenance problems, performance, design, and flight
characteristics helps the student make practical interpretations of his daily study
and apply practical considerations in his assignments.
Difficulty of Training
Q. I know I would like an Aeronautical Engineering career but I am afraid the
course of training might be too "tough" for me. What do you advise?
A. That depends upon the strength of your desire for a career and your determination
to succeed. If a man has the proper educational qualifications he can take up an
Aeronautical Engineering course with confidence. Our training program carries the
student steadily forward from his basic qualifications.
Length of Training
Q. Is it actually possible to get a thorough training in Aeronautical Engineering
in a 2-year course?
A. A longer school day, year round training, elimination of non-essential subjects,
and intensive practical training methods, are advantageous features of our training
program. These make possible the equivalent training, in engineering subjects far
in excess of a 4-year college course. In addition, the training is in actual industry
methods and prepares a man to step directly into practical engineering assignments.
Northrop Aeronautical Institute Courses are Approved for the Training of Veterans
Under the GI Bill of Rights
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Posted July 10, 2021