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Aerospace Engineer


Aerospace Engineer

Brief description of the position:

Aerospace engineers plan, design, and construct aircraft and spacecraft. With over 724 million airline passengers having flown in the U.S. last year, aerospace engineers are always in demand. While they may be involved in the design of materials, parts, or entire aircraft, most tend to focus on one particular area. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, propulsion systems, guidance systems, and flight systems, as well as the robotics and flight principles of a craft. Aerospace engineers may be involved with anything from the research, design, construction, testing, production, or analysis of these systems, and conduct a wide range of activities that are necessary to build any aircraft or spacecraft. For example, an aerospace engineer could be involved in material selection and construction of a part, or might be responsible for making sure that a part is structurally sound. Aerospace engineers work on airplanes, fighter jets, missiles, rockets, and even helicopters, and are in charge of not only the design of these aircraft itself, but also their guidance systems.

Compensation range:

Between $97,420-$107,420 annual salary, or, $8,135-$8,935/mo.

Secondary and Postsecondary Education

Aerospace engineers should have a firm background from high school in advanced math and science classes such as calculus, chemistry, and physics. At the college level, they take advanced engineering courses such as engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, robotics, aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, and mechanics of materials, which all require a strong foundation in both calculus and physics. Aerospace engineers should also have a background in computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) before entering college. Aerospace engineers may have a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering, and must pass both the Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineering exams.