New Member Resources

Welcome to the Miners in Flight

Thank you for your interest in the S&T Miner Aviation Student Design Team! We are happy to have you join the team and begin your journey in the aerospace industry. To help you get started, we have laid out some tools and resources to help you learning about aircraft, our team, and how we operate. As a student design team, we design, build, and test RC aircraft that can be as small a loaf of bread or as big as a couch. Almost every part of our aircraft are built in-house at the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center (SDELC) and we provide all the training necessary to do so. There's a lot to do so lets get started.

Join the Team

In order to officially join Miner Aviation, you will need your Missouri S&T email and password. This should be the same email and password you use to access all of the official S&T sites and online resources (such as canvas). The SDELC Member Portal will be used to view the trainings you have completed, current team memberships, past team memberships, and much more. Please use the SDELC Member Portal guide by clicking the button below in order to join our team.

Join AIAA

Most Missouri S&T design teams have yearly dues to be apart of their organization. Miner Aviation waives these dues and replaces them with an AIAA Student Membership fee. To compete in the AIAA Design, Build, Fly event, all of our team members must be members of AIAA. The cost for a year membership is $25 which will be paid when signing up for membership at aiaa.org. Once you have paid your membership fee, you will receive an account number which will need to be shared with the Chief Engineer of the team. Please use our guide to assist you in this process.

Learn Your Subgroups

In order to better hone individual skills and stay organized as a team, Miner Aviation is split into subgroups which are lead by a subgroup lead(s). Our subgroups consist of Aerodynamics & Stability/Control, Design & Manufacturing, Electronics, Propulsion, Public Relations, and Structures. You may join anyone one of these subgroups or multiple if you so choose to. Visit our subgroup page to learn more about each individual group. The first meetings of the season are when they are explained in detail and you will be able to officially join a subgroup.

Meet Our Advisors

Dr. Walter Eversman

Dr. Eversman has been with Miner Aviation since its inception as AAVG in 1999. Starting with his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 1959, Dr. Eversman went on the get his M.S. in Engineering Mechanics and Ph.D. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Stanford University. As the former department chair of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department here at Missouri S&T (then UMR), Dr. Eversman has a very successful history in academia. As a Professor of either Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or both at prestigious universities around the world such as Wichita State University, University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and Missouri S&T, he has years of experience in training engineers for the aerospace industry. With over 30 publications in various journals, including the Journal of Sound and Vibration and the Journal of Aircraft, Dr. Eversman has made a lasting mark on the world.

Outside of academics, Dr. Walter Eversman has worked for companies such as The Boeing Company (1965 to 1971) and Lockheed Missiles and Space Company (1959-1964). He continues to consult with companies such as NASA, Cessna, Borg-Warner, Nelson Industries, Gates Learjet, and many more. He stays connected to industry through being a privet pilot and a member of the AIAA, ASEE, ASME, and SAE institutions. Finally, to add to all of his hard work and achievements, Dr. Eversman is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri.

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Eversman as an advisor to our team and appreciate all of his knowledge and expertise to help the Miners in Flight.

Dr. Warner Meeks

Dr. Meeks is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Missouri S&T and received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from S&T. Serving as the advisor for both Miner Aviation and The Rocket Design Team, Dr. Meeks has been very involved with the university ever since joining as an undergraduate. Attending S&T for both his undergraduate and graduate careers, Dr. Meeks has the experience of both a student and educator as well as design team experience as a former member of MSAT.

Dr. Meeks teaches various classes including Thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and plasma physics. He is also in charge of the Aerospace Engineering's sophomore and senior aircraft design projects. His research interests include meta-cognition, innovative engine design, innovative sustainable spacecraft design, and solar physics.

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Meeks as an advisor to our team and appreciate all of his knowledge and expertise to help the Miners in Flight.

Trainings Offered

Through the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center (SDELC), Miner Aviation is able to offer its members many trainings on various industrial machines, processes, and skills. Whether you want to learn more about Solidworks or how to operate a CNC Milling Machine, our team will do everything we can to get you the knowledge and skill sets needed to begin your engineering career. Check out the list below for trainings offered, their descriptions, and prerequisites if required.

A two hour class on general safety and operations at the Student Design Center. This class focuses on safe practices, PPE, operational issues, emergency procedures, and an orientation to the facility. This is required of every member of every team and will grant you 24/7 access to the SDELC.

Prerequisites: Join a design team

Required by Miner Aviation

Basic tools and equipment associated with use in the machine shop. This includes but is not limited to drill presses, vertical & horizontal bandsaws, grinders, sanding belts, assorted power tools, hand tools, etc. This gives you keycard access to the machine shop 24/7.

Prerequisites: General Safety

Required by Miner Aviation

 

Learn the safety and operations of the SDELC composite room. This is where any work that creates a lot of hazardous dust, fumes, or particles is done. This includes painting, heavy epoxy, sandblasting, heavy grinding, certain coatings, etc.

Prerequisites: General Safety, Basic Machine Shop

Highly Recommended by Miner Aviation

Basic operations and equipment training for use of the electronics room. This includes soldering, spot welding, circuitry, battery work, etc.

Prerequisites: General Safety, Basic Machine Shop

Highly Recommended by Miner Aviation

This training consists of a lecture and lab. This is required of any student member of a team who wishes to check out and drive SDELC vehicles for team purposes only. A student will attend a safety and rules lecture then demonstrate their driving ability in a van lab with an SDELC employee.

Prerequisites: General Safety, 21 Years of Age or Older

Highly Recommended by Miner Aviation

This is an extension to the driver training that will allow you to drive the SDELC trucks with SDELC trailers attached for team purposes only. You must complete both driver training and van lab before this lab.

Prerequisites: General Safety, 21 Years of Age or Older, Driver Training & Lab, Trailer Experience

Highly Recommended by Miner Aviation

This class covers the safety and demonstration of use for basic welding equipment, welding room operations, and introduction to welding skills for each welding process.

Prerequisites: General Safety, Basic Machine Shop

Not Required by Miner Aviation

This class covers the common tools and equipment for mill and lathe use.

Prerequisites: General Safety, Basic Machine Shop

Not Required by Miner Aviation

This combination lecture/lab training covers the basic functional skills of operating a manual mill. Completion of this class indicates the student has completed the pre-class lecture and mill demonstration lecture. The student will then have to create a part with a milling mentor in the lab.

Prerequisites: General Safety, Basic Machine Shop, Mill & Lathe Preparatory Class

Not Required for Miner Aviation

This combination lecture/lab training covers the basic functional skills of operating a manual lathe. Completion of this class indicates the student has completed the pre-class lecture and lathe demonstration lecture. The student will then have to create a part with a milling mentor in the lab.

Prerequisites: General Safety, Basic Machine Shop, Mill & Lathe Preparatory Class

Not Required for Miner Aviation

This lecture training covers the basic functional skills of operating a CNC mill.

Prerequisites: General Safety, Basic Machine Shop, Mill & Lathe Preparatory Class, Manual Mill Lecture, Manual Mill Lab

Not Required for Miner Aviation

This lecture training covers the basic functional skills of operating a CNC lathe.

Prerequisites: General Safety, Basic Machine Shop, Mill & Lathe Preparatory Class, Manual Lathe Lecture, Manual Lathe Lab

Not Required for Miner Aviation

This class is training on how to draw and program a waterjet cut file using the Omax Software.

Prerequisites: General Safety, Basic Machine Shop

Highly Recommended by Miner Aviation

This lab will teach the student how to safely set up and operate the Omax waterjet machine.

Prerequisites: General Safety, Basic Machine Shop, Waterjet Software

Not Required by Miner Aviation

The SDELC also offers training for very specified tools or skill sets. These include:

  • SolidWorks Training Seminar
  • Bitrode Battery Diagnostic Machine
  • Surface Grinder
  • Table Saw
  • AHA Heart Saver CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Composite Oven Operation
  • OSHA Construction Industry 10 & 30
  • OSHA General Industry 10 & 30

These all may or may not have specific prerequisites. If interested in one of these specialty trainings, please contact the Miner Aviation Shop Liaison.

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