March 29, 2019
CHANTILLY, VA – Novume Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVMM) announced today that its Board of Directors approved changing the company’s name to Rekor Systems, Inc. The planned name change is a result of the company’s recent acquisition of assets of OpenALPR Technology, Inc. and increased focus on technology products and services. The company recently renamed its subsidiary from Brekford Traffic Safety, Inc. to Rekor Recognition Systems, Inc. The line of hardware and software products and services offered by Rekor Recognition Systems, Inc. is powered by OpenALPR software, which uses artificial intelligence to improve the performance of automated license plate readers. The line was designed to assist law enforcement agencies in improving public safety and has commercial uses in automated parking management, electronic tolling, traffic flow management, supply chain logistics and customer loyalty. To complement the planned name change to Rekor Systems, Inc., Novume has applied to the Nasdaq Capital Market to change its trading symbol to “REKR.”
Beginning with the first quarter of 2019, the company also plans to change its operating and reportable segments from one segment to two segments. The two segments are expected to reflect that company’s focus on both technology products and services and professional services.
A Brief History of Supersonic Flight
March 29, 2019
Announcements from Boeing, Boom Supersonic and other companies regarding their investment in hundreds of millions of dollars in new supersonic aircraft are solid proof that reports of the death of the supersonic aircraft industry were not only greatly exaggerated — they were downright wrong.
TeamGlobal has long had the inside track on plans to revitalize the production of supersonic aircraft and is committed to continuing to help the aerospace industry and those who work in it help return supersonic aircraft to the important role they deserve.
Boom Supersonic raises $141 million and counting for a new supersonic airliner
In January, Boom Supersonic announced that it has raised over $141 million toward its new project to produce the next generation supersonic airliner. The new design has been designated the “Overture,” and will have three engines and be capable of carrying 55 passengers plus crew at Mach 2.2.
Boom's CEO and founder Blake Scholl told Forbes magazine in January that the Overture will be the first in a series of new aircraft that Scholl predicts will “make supersonic travel mainstream.” Scholl expects the first plane in this new fleet to take to the skies in 2023. The predicted list price for each Overture is $200 million.
A scaled-down version using GE J85-15 engines is scheduled to begin test flights before the end of this year. The aircraft, the XB-1, will reach speeds of up to 2.2 Mach — more than twice the speed of sound — according to Boom. The aircraft has already been called “Son of Concorde” by the press. Virgin Atlantic and its Spaceship Company subsidiary are also backing the project, as is Japan Airlines, according to Forbes.
The supersonic race is on
The Boston-based Spike Aerospace says it has a competing model, its S-512, in development. Backed by Siemens and in cooperation with Greenpoint Technologies, Spike says the S-512 will be “the fastest civilian aircraft” ever made. It will be capable of carrying up to 18 people, and will cut flying time over long distances, such as from New York to Dubai, in half.
Jumping over hurdles to supersonic flight
While the need for speed pushed military aerospace companies to produce fighter planes that could fly faster than the speed of sound, commercial airlines have long backed that same technology as a way to reduce time in the air for trans-oceanic and trans-continental airliners. The famed Concorde was the first and most famous commercial supersonic airliner. High fuel costs and laws limiting the airports and flight paths that these aircraft could take forced airlines to scale back plans to put more supersonic planes in the air. New technology that will dampen the sonic booms that led to the imposition of such limitations is in the works.
Boeing and GE back in the supersonic game
General Electric is developing a new variation of the famed CFM56 airline engine to provide Aerion with just such a new supersonic engine with less “boom.” While there has not been a new supersonic engine since the one developed for the Concorde over half a century ago, Boom, Spike and Aerion also are considering modifying supersonic combat plane engines with larger fans.
Boeing, meanwhile, is partnering with Aerion to develop a 12-seater business jet that can carry passengers at the speed of sound and beyond. Boeing is working with Aerion to upgrade that company's AS2 jet with technology that would dampen sonic booms when the plane flies at supersonic speed. Boeing announced in February that it has a “significant investment” in the Aerion project, and that the first plane in that line is scheduled to fly in 2023. Boeing is also working on a hypersonic aircraft — one that would travel at Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound.
Supersonic flight history in the making
Legendary test pilot Chuck Yaeger flew the first aircraft to break the sound barrier — the venerable Bell X-1 — in 1947. Over the next 20 years, numerous generations of combat aircraft capable of hitting speeds of up to 2.5 times the speed of sound took to the skies, but it was not until 1969 that anyone built a commercial airliner capable of flying at a supersonic speed. That airliner was the Soviet Tu-144 transport.
An Anglo-French company did the Russians one better in 1973 when they produced the Concorde, which was capable of a sustained cruising speed of Mach 2.04. Both British Airways and Air France flew Concordes for 30 years. High fuel costs, limited seating and, especially, opposition to sonic booms, led to the retirement of the aging Concorde. Although no one is quite yet ready to promise a “new Concorde,” the race is on once again to produce passenger aircraft that can fly at supersonic speed — and, someday, even hypersonic speed.
At TeamGlobal, we know a lot about supersonic flight — we have to, because we help the engineers, technicians and other professionals who design, build and service supersonic military and passenger aircraft connect with the right companies in the aerospace industry. Those companies come looking to us to find them the talented, experienced and qualified personnel they need to meet the needs of their customers for supersonic aircraft.
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Preparing for Your DoD Interview
March 15, 2019
Thinking about working for the U.S. government? You’re not alone!
Many people don’t know this, but the Department of Defense is the United States’ largest overall employer. When you total up the amount of people who work for the DoD in one area or another — including active military personnel, reservists and civilians — you get a total workforce of almost 3.4 million people who spend their day working to keep our country safe both at home and abroad. This workforce spans 163 countries all over the world and includes such diverse fields as educators, combat specialists, accountants, construction and just about anything else you can think of. In short, no matter your skills or training, there’s a DoD job for you.
Getting the job, on the other hand, can be difficult. Like any job, the application and interview process can be tricky, and it’s always good to know what to expect. With that in mind, here are some things you can do or expect when preparing for a DoD interview.
Read the Job Posting
Of course, the interview is going to focus on the job you’re applying for. The job notice will have listed such things as requirements and duties — the things you’ll be expected to do after being hired. Expect that they will ask you many questions about these duties, such as:
- Can you perform these duties well?
- Do you have experience with success in this area?
- Can you share past success stories?
- Are there any duties or expectations listed that you might struggle with, and why?
Know Your Own Resume
You’d be surprised at how many people submit a resume without really knowing what’s on it. Then, they are surprised when questions are asked about their past. These questions can include:
- Why did you choose the school you went to?
- Why did you quit your last job?
- How do you think your previous education and training has prepared you for this new position?
Be Ready With Your Own Questions
Many interviewers give the applicant a chance to ask questions. While this is a great chance for you to speak up, most applicants simply shake their head and say they have none, not realizing the opportunity they’ve missed out on. Asking good, thoughtful questions at this time is one of the surest ways to separate yourself from the rest of the pack. It shows the interviewer that you have taken the time to think about the position and your role in it. This is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to your new job even before you have it!
If you’d like to know more about us or how we can help secure a DoD interview for you today, please contact us today.
Finding a Government Job: A How-To Guide
March 8, 2019
If you trained as an engineer, you may find yourself well-qualified for work in the government sector regardless of your field of expertise. Working for the U.S. federal government can pay well, offer excellent benefits and provide better job security than work in the private sector. Federal government jobs also create unique opportunities to serve your country, even if you have no plans to serve in the military.
The difficulty for most engineers, however, is finding available positions that fit their skills, training and experience. To that end, we’ve put together a how-to guide on securing a government job for yourself, as well as how to pursue that job you know is perfect for you. Let’s take a look.
Considerations Before Starting Your Search
Landing a government job isn’t that much different from pursuing a position in the civilian job market. You still need the right experience expressed with the right keywords on your application and resume. Every applicant still needs to highlight their academic, career and individual achievements. Focus on whatever quantifiable (measurable) achievements you have in your resume/experience. Those are what will resonate most with federal government hiring authorities.
How Federal Government Salaries Work
Nearly all federal agencies are required to use the General Schedule pay system. The short version is this: grades 5-11 are entry level, grades 12-13 are mid-level, and 14-15 are senior level. When you’re trying to figure you where your experience matches up with the General Schedule, keep in mind that specialized experience counts often carries more weight.
The Human Resources (HR) department where you apply will determine what grade requirements you meet for salary although there is some room for negotiation. One caveat to that: When there are many qualified candidates, HR may be less than amenable to hearing your salary counter-offer.
The Federal Hiring Process for Competitive Service Jobs
There are steps to follow when pursuing a federal government job in the competitive service. The greatest need for highly qualified candidates in engineering and similar fields of expertise falls into this category, so it is best to limit your job search to Competitive Service Jobs.
- Create a USAJOBS.com account
Review Potential Jobs/Vacancies Carefully
- This is the sole point of access for job announcements and vacancies, so you need an account to search, browse and save potential positions currently available. You also need to upload your resume to your account, though it is recommended you generate a USAJOBS resume via the onsite resume builder to make certain you have everything you need before submitting your resume for a position.
When You Find The Right Job, Agency or Location, Subscribe to Updates
- Federal hiring authorities are serious about your ability to meet the qualifications for every position, so you don’t want to waste their time or yours applying for a spot you know you don’t have the expertise or qualifications to fill. Do not apply for any position if you do not have the required degree or education.
Apply for Your Desired Position Right Away, but Choose Carefully
- You can get customized alerts for jobs in specific locations and agencies or that meet your specific criteria. Once you figure out what will work best for you, go ahead and subscribe to updates. Postings occur on a daily basis, and you want to stay on top of any changes or new postings as best you can. Subscribing to email updates is the next logical step in your job hunt process.
Check Back for “Referred” Status
- Follow all application directions to the letter and submit all requested paperwork promptly. Don’t waste your time or the hiring party’s time by applying to job announcements when you know you don’t have all the requisite experience and qualifications.
Interviews Are Scheduled
- After job announcements close, hiring agencies review all applications received. These applications get categorized as qualified, highly qualified or best qualified. Generally your application will just say “reviewed” once your application has been seen by the hiring authority, at which point it can go one of two ways: “referred” or “not referred.” Referred means you go on to the next step.
- “Referred” status candidates get called in for a job interview. What form the interview takes depends on the agency, organization or government entity. Some use panel interviews, while others prefer in-person interviews, video interviews or phone interviews. Interviews must follow a specific structure, and all interviewees are asked the same questions in the same order.
- If the organization in question decides you are a good fit, they will make you an offer. Human Resources will contact you regarding salary and grade. No offer is final until you pass any requisite background or security clearance checks.
The Takeaway: Getting That Government Job
Like any job hunt, securing government work is a process, and it is generally more time consuming than traditional job hunts. Here are the most important things to keep in mind:
- Be careful: Triple-check every application before submitting.
- Be prompt: Submit all paperwork honestly and promptly.
- Be patient: Processing your application for a job announcement or vacancy can take more time than civilian job application processes.
- Be prepared: Practice and study up for your interview once they get your appointment scheduled. You can’t over-prepare, and you want to put your best foot forward.
Ultimately, the additional effort and rigor of this process are worth it, but you need to be prepared to navigate the process and bureaucracy. Do your homework, and you’ll be more likely to land that coveted government job.
Market Salary Expectations for Government and Defense Contractors
February 27, 2019
During the recent government shutdown — the longest ever in American history — special attention was paid to the fact that thousands of government contractors went without pay. Unlike the salaried federal workers who would be reimbursed for their missing paychecks, contractors were unable to recoup their lost income.
With the threat of another shutdown looming, it’s easy to wonder if being a government contractor is still worthwhile. However, considering the salary expectations and outlook for these positions overall, it still pays to work for the federal government, even if the job may have its ups and downs.
Today we want to take a closer look at the various contractor positions that work within the government to examine contractor market salary expectations now and in the near future.
Federal Government Contractors
The fact is that the government needs people to work in all kinds of fields. While we’ll break down a few of the most high-paying markets below, we want to take a look at the averages for federal contractors in general.
Some of the top employing agencies include:
- Veterans Health Administration (over 1,800 employees)
- Federal Acquisition Services (more than 900 workers)
- Public Buildings Service (more than 600 workers)
- Department of Energy (600 employees)
Average salaries for these agencies and positions can range from just about $80,000 (Veterans Health) to over $108,000 (Department of Energy). Overall, most government contractors working in one of these and other agencies can expect to make between $80,000-$100,000 per year.
Some of the positions hired by these agencies include government IT jobs, engineering and Program Managers. Management positions are typically the highest paid on average.
Historically speaking, the government has been much more willing to spend money on independent contractors rather than maintaining salaried employees. There are several reasons for this, but part of the reason is because many of these workers are hired for “temporary” work, and thus don’t need to be on the payroll permanently. Also, it’s much easier to fire contractors than salaried employees.
Over the last few years, the trend of hiring government contractors has been on the rise and shows no sign of slowing down The recent shutdown shed light on just how many contractors the government employs, although the financial pain of the shutdown doesn’t seem to be affecting that number at all.
Aerospace and Defense Contractors
One area in which the United States has plenty of money to burn is with military contracts. The U.S. outspends more on the armed forces than almost any other country in the world, so contractors in this field can expect to make quite a bit of money. Again, directors and managers typically take a more substantial portion, with average salaries regularly reaching into six digits. However, engineers and mechanics in either aerospace or defense positions can usually take home between $50,000 and $75,000.
Some of the more common jobs in these departments include:
- Soldier Contractor ($2000/month)
- Consultant ($68K-$73K/year)
- Law Enforcement Contractor ($48K-$52K/year)
- Avionics Technician ($59K-$64K/year)
- Human Resources Director ($71K-$77K/year)
Military spending has always been a massive cornerstone of the American budget since World War 2, and the current administration has only increased spending on various aerospace and defense projects. Even when a new administration takes over, it will be hard to stifle this industry, particularly because it employs so many people across the nation.
When most people think of engineers, they imagine people working on complex machinery. While electrical and mechanical engineering is undoubtedly a large portion of the industry as a whole, engineers come in all shapes and sizes, including civil engineering (infrastructure), bioengineering (food production) and computer engineering.
Fortunately, as we become more and more dependent on technology, engineers will only become more vital to the success of modern society, meaning that demand for these jobs is going to increase in the coming years. Average salaries for engineers can be close to $100,000. Here are some highlights.
- Aerospace Engineers - $102,000
- Scientific Research - $105,000
- Architectural Engineering - $95,700
- Federal Executive Branch - $115,000
The last two categories also employ the most people, with more than 15,000 architectural engineers and 28,000 federal executive engineers currently being employed by the government. Overall, agricultural engineers lag behind the rest of the pack, but with an average salary of over $73,000, it’s still a lucrative position. Also, as food scarcity becomes more common, these positions will probably command higher wages as the government depends on these engineers to figure out how to feed a growing population with fewer resources.
Engineers make the world go round, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. The U.S. needs to update its infrastructure, build new machinery and find creative solutions to our most pressing problems. Each of these situations will require skilled engineers to get the job done, so both salaried workers and contractors will benefit from this increased demand.
Aerospace and Aeronautics certifications to take your career to the next level
February 6, 2019
The aerospace and aeronautics field is a highly competitive one in which only the best rise to the top. To ensure that you’re considered among the best, it’s important to be highly qualified with the most up-to-date training and to show that you have received this training by earning and updating various certifications.
There are many different aerospace and engineering certifications available, depending on which area you would like to pursue. There are so many certifications, in fact, that it’s impossible to list and describe all of them here.
However, we’re here to provide you with a short list of certifications that are available in this crucial area.
Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
The Certified Quality Auditor is concerned with examining and evaluating various systems to analyze a system’s overall performance. The CQA is able to review the elements of various related systems and determine whether or not they are operating at maximum efficiency, and where and why there might be any deficiencies in those systems. The CQA also decides whether the system in question meets all technical criteria.
Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)
While the CQA analyzes and evaluates systems that are already in place, the CQE’s main focus is to develop and implement those systems in the first place. Designing, building, testing and inspecting these systems all fall under the purview of the CQE, as does being able to use metrology and other methods to find and fix problems that may occur as the systems are put to work.
Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT)
This is an entry-level certification designed specifically for those in the field of manufacturing. Whether you’re just getting started in the manufacturing or already have some experience under your belt, this certification can help demonstrate your competency and knowledge.
Certified Manufacturing Engineering Certification (CMfgE)
For those who already have advanced manufacturing experience, the CMfgE can help take your career to the next level. If you have at least eight years of experience in manufacturing and are interested in taking on a leadership role, the CMfgE can help. If you hold a CMfgT certification as a manufacturing technologist, then this is the next logical step in your engineering verification.
This is just the beginning when it comes to the types of certifications available for those in the aerospace and engineering field. Depending on your overall goals, there are many different certification paths you can explore, each of which can help you maintain and ensure engineering excellence in your chosen field.
Get in touch with a TeamGlobalTM representative today and let us help your career take flight.