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Is microsoft excel an important skill for an aerospace engineer

Asked Kenosha, Wisconsin

I am a freshman studying aerospace engineering and was just wondering what the relevance of this skill is in the real world and workplace.
#aerospace #engineer #engineering

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Andrei’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

Hello Shaheer,

Mr. Simmons gave you some great advice, I would take a very close look that.

I am not an engineer, but I can tell you that Excel is an important skill to have. Excel spread sheets are being used in so many different areas and for so many different purposes. Also, some of the Excel properties help out and interact with other Microsoft Office products.

I work in the aircraft maintenance field, and we use Excel to track multiple items. We have spread sheets to track errors, calibrated tooling, turn overs and pass downs, equipment, scheduled inspections, etc, etc. I see other parts of the company use Excel as well, to fill various needs.

Its great when you can take a whole bunch of data from a spreadsheet, and turn it into a report, with a click of a button. Just like that, you can have a very presentable, visual reference with graphs in color.

I have had to reach out and take a Fred Pryor course on Excel, and it was well worth the cost.

Excel is one of those skills that can help in very many fields. I would highly recommend that you get familiar with this program anyway you can.

Simon’s Answer

Updated Greensboro, Georgia

Excel or other spreadsheet programs are a very powerful tool in engineering. From charting and pivot tables to complicated calculations and predictions, this one program is the most powerful I used in the office in almost 40 years of engineering. Start small with the simple features and then expand into the more complicated features.

Simon recommends the following next steps:

  • Take steps to get familiar with s spreadsheet program. Use a book, online help or tutorials.
  • Use Excel to created charts schedules or calculations for multiple items/senerios.

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

It is important to get to know yourself better to see how you might best fit into the field of aerospace engineering and then talk to people face to face in person to see what they do, how they got there, and what advice that they might have.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
  • Here are some interesting sites relating to the various areas of engineering: ##https://www.engineergirl.org/ http://www.futureengineers.org/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVcmTJSKM

Michael’s Answer

Updated

Yes ... being MS it connects with other SW and has lots of capability. Being Excel you can analyze numbers. You can use this tool in life as well many jobs. You will not go wrong in learning MS Excel. 

Michael recommends the following next steps:

  • Watch some youtube videos on MS Excel for the basics. Here's one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzCU7Jog-Mc

Douglas’s Answer

Updated Easton, Massachusetts

YES It is a valuable tool for any educated person.