Cookies must be enabled to use this web application.

To allow this site to use cookies, use the steps that apply to your browser below. If your browser is not listed below, or if you have any questions regarding this site, please contact us.

Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • 1. Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu.
  • 2. Click on the "Privacy" tab.
  • 3. Click the "Default" button.
  • 4. Click "OK" to save changes.
Chrome Chrome
  • 1. Click the "Spanner" icon in the top right of the browser.
  • 2. Click Options and change to the "Under the Hood" tab.
  • 3. Scroll down until you see "Cookie settings:".
  • 4. Set this to "Allow all cookies".
Firefox Firefox
  • 1. Go to the "Tools" menu and select "Options".
  • 2. Click the "Privacy" icon on the top of the window.
  • 3. Click on the "Cookies" tab.
  • 4. Check the box corresponding to "Allow sites to set Cookies.
  • 5. Click "OK" to save changes.
Opera Opera
  • 1. Click on the "Tools" menu and then click Preferences.
  • 2. Change to the Advanced tab, and to the cookie section.
  • 3. Select "Accept cookies only from the site I visit" or "Accept cookies".
  • 4. Ensure "Delete new cookies when exiting Opera" is not ticked.
  • 5. Click OK.
Netscape and Mozilla Suite Netscape and Mozilla Suite
  • 1. Select "Preferences" from the Edit menu.
  • 2. Click on the arrow next to "Privacy & Security".
  • 3. Under "Privacy & Security" select "Cookies".
  • 4. Select "Enable all cookies".
  • 5. Click "OK" to save changes.
Safari Safari
  • 1. Click on the "Cog" icon in Safari.
  • 2. Click Preferences.
  • 3. Change to the Security tab.
  • 4. Select "Only from sites I visit" or "Allow".
  • 5. Close the dialog using the cross.
Book Image Not Available Book Image Not Available

See inside

Book Image Not Available Book Image Not Available

See inside

Luckiest Engineer
From Farm Boy to Skunk Works and Beyond
by Robert Retsch

Overview


What does it take to design and build the world's most sophisticated aerospace hardware? The coordinated efforts of thousands of people at all levels of design, fabrication, manufacturing, and test. In this memoir, a farm boy-turned-engineer relates with humor and aplomb 40 years of work in the aerospace industry.
Read more

Description


What does it take to design and build the world's most sophisticated aerospace hardware? The coordinated efforts of thousands of people at all levels of design, fabrication, manufacturing, and test. In this memoir, a farm boy-turned-engineer relates with humor and aplomb 40 years of work in the aerospace industry. Specializing in rescuing troubled efforts that were over budget and behind schedule, he relates his own stories of pulling a project's bacon out of the fire while sharing insights about growing up in a values-driven Western Pennsylvania community and working his way through technical school and college. He reflects on life's idiosyncrasies, the knowledge he's collected, and struggles with spirituality. As an added bonus, the story illustrates the humorous side of aerospace engineering, with hilarious personal anecdotes coloring the pages.Aspiring engineers, seasoned professionals, and anyone fascinated by the history of aerospace will find this enjoyable memoir both inspirational and informative.
Read more

About the author


Robert Retsch has spent the last four decades in the aerospace industry, including working on Fixed Based Operators, Gas Turbine Engines, Aircraft, Satellites, Boosters and Reentry Vehicles. His training and education was in Aircraft Maintenance and Mechanical Engineering. Concentrating mostly in development, he has held positions ranging from mechanic to engineering aid, designer, lead design engineer, cost account manager and project manager, culminating as a subject matter expert.
Read more

Book details

Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Subgenre:Science & Technology

Language:English

Pages:290

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781705400692


Overview


What does it take to design and build the world's most sophisticated aerospace hardware? The coordinated efforts of thousands of people at all levels of design, fabrication, manufacturing, and test. In this memoir, a farm boy-turned-engineer relates with humor and aplomb 40 years of work in the aerospace industry.

Read more

Description


What does it take to design and build the world's most sophisticated aerospace hardware? The coordinated efforts of thousands of people at all levels of design, fabrication, manufacturing, and test. In this memoir, a farm boy-turned-engineer relates with humor and aplomb 40 years of work in the aerospace industry. Specializing in rescuing troubled efforts that were over budget and behind schedule, he relates his own stories of pulling a project's bacon out of the fire while sharing insights about growing up in a values-driven Western Pennsylvania community and working his way through technical school and college. He reflects on life's idiosyncrasies, the knowledge he's collected, and struggles with spirituality. As an added bonus, the story illustrates the humorous side of aerospace engineering, with hilarious personal anecdotes coloring the pages.Aspiring engineers, seasoned professionals, and anyone fascinated by the history of aerospace will find this enjoyable memoir both inspirational and informative.

Read more

About the author


Robert Retsch has spent the last four decades in the aerospace industry, including working on Fixed Based Operators, Gas Turbine Engines, Aircraft, Satellites, Boosters and Reentry Vehicles. His training and education was in Aircraft Maintenance and Mechanical Engineering. Concentrating mostly in development, he has held positions ranging from mechanic to engineering aid, designer, lead design engineer, cost account manager and project manager, culminating as a subject matter expert.
Read more

Book Reviews

to submit a book review
Wendy
Luckiest Engineer Recommended by a friend. This book was a labor of love and 30 years of experience in the making. I'm not an engineer, but I truly enjoyed reading the journey from 'farm boy to skunk works and beyond'. I gained a glimpse into the personal life of the author and gained several pearls of wisdom along the way. (I have several passages and quotes highlighted) The title is misleading, luck had nothing to do with it, this book truly shows what hard work, dedication and passion can bring you. To anyone is an engineer, I'm sure you'll love it! To those who are not and want a few laughs and maybe a few pearls of wisdom for yourself, give it chance! Read more
Will
Fascinating and fun Reading the stories in the book and gaining a rare insight into how some of the most complex technologies of the past 40 years were developed gave me a new appreciation for engineering. I enjoyed the humor and the serious notes throughout the book. It was engaging and easy to read! Would highly recommend. Read more
John
Luckiest Engineer I enjoyed reading about the authors early years which gave insight into his character and natural curiosity. His strong family support provided the confidence he needed to achieve his goals. The authors career was very impressive and while some luck comes to us all, his talents and timing really paved his way. The book highlighted the lighter side of his personality in how he handled working in a high stress environment. I found the book to be a well written east read. I would have enjoyed reading more about the authors personal life and the effects of his career on family dynamics. Read more
Gary
Luckiest Engineer A true life story of a young man lacking in self -confidence and his pathway to a career as a successful and accomplished Aerospace Engineer If you are interested in the human side of the technical aerospace world this book is for you. If you want to reflect on your life in a way you never thought before this book is for you. A great story well written and an easy read .. Read more
Joseph
Luckiest Engineer What a fantastic journey! It's amazing how in the United States, a young boy from a farm can become an aerospace engineer! This is a great book for any young individual that has the desire to pursue their dreams whether it be an engineer, physician , mechanic or any other specialty. It's a great read for any age as we relive our own lives thru Bob. My hat's off to you Bob!! Read more
Tauno
Luckiest Engineer In his book, Bob Retsch skillfully describes how a farm boy ends up working on some of the greatest aerospace accomplishments in the last 40 years. He takes you on a journey through some historical programs that changed the world, and in layman’s terms describes how they were accomplished. He presents the steps taken, challenges, obstacles, setbacks, problems, and successes in creating aerospace hardware never even imagined before, and at the same time, you are treated to a rags to riches story with a great deal of humor injected along the way. The best part for me personally, it brought back many memories from my own past. Read more
John
Luckiest Engineer Frankly, I helped Bob with some editing. Be that as it may, Bob's memoir is an excellent balance of aerospace engineering , human interaction and humorous anecdote! A good read with a great suggestions for those in middle levels of organizations as well as aspiring graduates! Read more
Thanks for submitting a review!

Your review will need to be approved by the author before being posted.

See Inside
Front Cover

Loading book cover...

Book Image Not Available Book Image Not Available
Session Expiration WarningYour session is due to expire.

Your online session is due to expire shortly.
Would you like to extend your session and remain logged in?

Session Expired

Your session has expired.We're sorry, but your online session has expired.
Please log back into your account to continue.

This site uses cookies. Continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings means that you consent to those cookies to enhance site navigation and the overall user experience. Learn more about our privacy policy or learn more about how to turn off cookies.