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Aerospace Engineering

 

Aerospace engineer


Brief description of the position:

Aerospace engineers plan, design and construct aircraft and spacecraft. And with over 724 million passengers flying in the US last year, they are always needed. They may be involved with the design of the materials, parts, or the entire craft itself, however, most tend to focus on one particular area.  Some possible areas of focus are the propulsion systems, guidance systems, and flight systems.  Others may concentrate on things like robotics or how the vehicles fly.  Individuals may be involved with the research, design, construction, testing, production or analysis of those systems. Aerospace engineers are involved in a wide range of activities that are necessary to build any aircraft or spacecraft. For example, an engineer could be involved with material selection and construction of a part or be responsible for making sure that part is structurally sound. Aerospace engineers work on airplanes, fighter jets, missiles, rockets and even helicopters. They are not only in charge of the design of the craft itself, but are also in charge of the guidance systems for each craft. The future outlook for aerospace engineers is about the same as the average for all other occupations combined.
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Compensation range:

Between $97,420 and $107,420 annual salary or $8,135 and $8,935/month
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Secondary and Postsecondary Education

Aerospace engineers should have a solid background in advanced math and science classes, like calculus and chemistry, as well as physics through high school. At the collegiate level, aerospace engineers will take advanced engineering courses like engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, robotics, aerodynamics, fluid mechanics and mechanics of materials which all require a solid base of both calculus and physics. They should also have a solid background in computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) before entering college. Aerospace engineers may have a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering and will need to pass both the fundamentals of engineering and professional engineering exams.