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What is the everyday job like for an aerospace engineer

What do aerospace engineers regularly do, and how does my aerospace engineering bachelor's degree apply to that? Does it apply directly?
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Nattakarn’s Answer

Hello Shaheer,

Please see the below or the link below for more details about the Aerospace Engineer for your reference.
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/aerospace-engineers.htm#tab-2

What Aerospace Engineers Do
Aerospace engineers design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles.

Work Environment
Aerospace engineers are employed in industries whose workers design or build aircraft, missiles, systems for national defense, or spacecraft. Aerospace engineers are employed primarily in manufacturing, analysis and design, research and development, and the federal government.

How to Become an Aerospace Engineer
Aerospace engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or another field of engineering or science related to aerospace systems. Aerospace engineers who work on projects that are related to national defense may need a security clearance.

Pay
The median annual wage for aerospace engineers was $116,500 in May 2019.

Job Outlook
Employment of aerospace engineers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

What Aerospace Engineers Do

Aerospace engineers evaluate designs to see that the products meet engineering principles.
Aerospace engineers design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. In addition, they create and test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.

Duties
Aerospace engineers typically do the following:

Direct and coordinate the design, manufacture, and testing of aircraft and aerospace products
Assess proposals for projects to determine if they are technically and financially feasible
Determine if proposed projects will result in safe operations that meet the defined goals
Evaluate designs to see that the products meet engineering principles, customer requirements, and environmental regulations
Develop acceptance criteria for design methods, quality standards, sustainment after delivery, and completion dates
Ensure that projects meet quality standards
Inspect malfunctioning or damaged products to identify sources of problems and possible solutions
Aerospace engineers may develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and spacecraft. They often specialize in areas such as aerodynamic fluid flow; structural design; guidance, navigation, and control; instrumentation and communication; robotics; and propulsion and combustion.

Aerospace engineers can specialize in designing different types of aerospace products, such as commercial and military airplanes and helicopters; remotely piloted aircraft and rotorcraft; spacecraft, including launch vehicles and satellites; and military missiles and rockets.

Aerospace engineers often become experts in one or more related fields: aerodynamics, thermodynamics, materials, celestial mechanics, flight mechanics, propulsion, acoustics, and guidance and control systems.

Aerospace engineers typically specialize in one of two types of engineering: aeronautical or astronautical.

Aeronautical engineers work with aircraft. They are involved primarily in designing aircraft and propulsion systems and in studying the aerodynamic performance of aircraft and construction materials. They work with the theory, technology, and practice of flight within the Earth’s atmosphere.

Astronautical engineers work with the science and technology of spacecraft and how they perform inside and outside the Earth’s atmosphere. This includes work on small satellites such as cubesats, and traditional large satellites.

Aeronautical and astronautical engineers face different environmental and operational issues in designing aircraft and spacecraft. However, the two fields overlap a great deal because they both depend on the basic principles of physics.

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Marcia’s Answer

Hi Shaheer,

For most of the aerospace engineers I know, including myself, the days are usually spent at a computer or discussing subjects with co-workers or suppliers. We read the regulations to design within safe limits. We read technical information about materials and components. Some do research and spend time in different kinds of labs. You could be a flight test engineer and be on test aircraft gathering data.

Something that is not generally explained is that you can start as any kind of engineer since all aviation programs include structural, electrical, mechanical, computer, ergonomics and other kinds of engineers.

You can also enter the aviation field as a mechanic. There are two year programs where you learn and work directly on aircraft and you can get what is called an Airframe and Powerplant License (A&P). If you go from that to aerospace engineering you will understand many aspects of design much better.

Best wishes on reaching your goals.

Marcia


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