At Dynetics, we are driven to succeed for our customers. We are also dedicated to our employees and their families. For Jason Bishop, an aerospace engineer in the Missile and Aviation Systems Division at Dynetics, this culture is key. "When I first started at Dynetics, I quickly learned about the Dynetics culture and came to understand why Dynetics engineers were viewed as some of the most capable, ethical, and dedicated engineers in the field," he said. For Bishop, being at Dynetics means forming genuine relationships with his customers, while truly caring for his employees, their families, and their careers. "My managers have shown me what is really important in this job and how to handle the opportunities and responsibilities we are presented with every day," he said.
For a closer look at our aviation team, here is a Q&A with Jason.
Tell us a little about your career with us here at Dynetics. How did you end up coming to work for Dynetics? What projects have you supported?
My wife actually found the job listing online, and when I read it, it seemed like I was reading the 'Objective' right off of my resume. During the in-person interview, I began to get a sense of what makes Dynetics special. I came to Dynetics straight out of graduate school, so I did not have any previous experience in the professional workplace, but I could still tell that something was different here.
I started at Dynetics working with the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program, specifically with the payload integration and test efforts. I participated in programs to integrate everything from radars to datalinks to instrumentation packages. Working these integration efforts exposed me to a wide variety of disciplines: mechanical, aero, electrical, modeling and simulation, systems engineering, etc. I greatly enjoyed being part of these multidisciplinary efforts and working with such a diverse team.
In 2014, I was approached with the opportunity to work with the Small Glide Munition (SGM) program. The program was just transitioning to the flight test phase, and I was brought on to assist and learn under the SGM test lead. Since starting with the team in 2014, I have been fortunate enough to participate in live fire flight testing, lead ground and flight test events, and assist in the SGM assembly process. Lately, I have been working to integrate SGM onto two unmanned platforms, and I have seen my two passions, unmanned systems and weapons, converge in a very special way.
What sparked your passion for a career in defense aviation and development?
I grew up with a love for anything that flies - airplanes, helicopters, rockets, blimps - it did not matter. If it flew, I wanted in. There was never a question in my mind about what I wanted to do when I grew up; I knew it was going to be something in the field of aviation. I grew up right down the street from North Carolina State University and found a natural fit with their Aerospace Engineering program. While studying at NC State University, I was exposed to the world of unmanned aircraft and immediately developed a passion for working more specifically with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), a passion that still persists and grows to this day.
What has been the highlight of your career while working with the Missile and Aviation Systems division?
I was blessed with the opportunity to be involved in the initial development, testing, and ultimate fielding of the Small Glide Munition (SGM), and the chance to work with such a talented, driven, and dedicated group of folks. More specifically, the highlight of my career was sitting in a room with the rest of my SGM teammates and SGM leadership while one of our United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) customers stood up and told us the system we had developed and produced was making a significant difference for his fellow soldiers fighting in theater, and that he was certain lives had been saved because of our system. He then walked around the room, looked each of us in the eye, shook our hands, and thanked us.
How does your team define and achieve mission success?
Mission success starts and ends with the warfighter. It starts with a team of people who have a sincere desire to improve the lives, capabilities, and effectiveness of the Warfighter. The laser focus on the soldiers who may one day use our systems is what drives us to work as hard as we do, to overcome setbacks and adversity, and accept nothing but success. I will never forget what my manager said after a particularly challenging week: "Remember what long nights or a rough week looks like over there [in theater]. At the end of the day, we get to go home to our families. They don't." If you lose focus on whom we are ultimately working for, giving up or missing your mark become potential options. But, those are not options afforded to our warfighters, so we cannot afford to consider them ourselves.