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What is life like as an aeronautical engineer

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I am a junior who is considering going into this field #aeronautics

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Abhishek’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

For young graduates with a background in math and science, there may be no greater job than that of an aerospace engineer. The job of an aerospace engineer is a combination of problem solving, routine scientific work, and creativity in solving problems common within the industry. Aerospace engineers can expect to spend their average day working on a new aircraft, missile system, or spacecraft in terms of its design, construction and testing. The complexity of these technologies, coupled with the perfect functioning required of airplanes and missiles, requires active minds capable of creative solutions.

The variety in the average workday, month, and year, are enough to keep any aerospace engineer interested in their work. One week, an engineer may be working in a team to develop a commercial airliner that is capable of holding more passengers for their clients. Another week, engineers may be tasked with working on an effective missile system meant to stave off military fighters. In essence, aerospace engineers are required to see projects from concept through construction to ensure a continuity in thought. By working with material engineers, CAD designers, and other types of staff, aerospace engineers can have a hand in developing sound aerospace solutions.

Engineers and young professionals interested in aerospace engineering can enjoy a good balance between travel and working in familiar spaces. Aerospace engineers typically work in laboratories which contain updated computers, equipment, and resources. While a great deal of an engineer's time is spent in the quiet surroundings of a lab, there is a moderate amount of travel required to fulfill job requirements. Travel to airfields, maintenance shops, and production facilities alike are important for aerospace engineers who need to oversee their hard work.

Aerospace engineers typically need to possess a first university degree in aeronautics, with many exceptional graduates possessing high grades in English, Math, and Science. Companies look for aerospace engineers who possess both an exceptional academic record and an ability to get work done quickly. The average work weeks for an aerospace engineer last between 36 and 40 hours, which means that aerospace engineering professionals need to be deliberate about their projects. However, the time crunch for professionals is mixed in with enough excursions, vacation time, and different events during the day to avoid boredom. Many children throughout the United Kingdom dream of being a pilot, astronaut, or be in some way involved with flight. Aerospace engineers get to realize this dream while making a good living.