How do I approach getting a job in aerospace engineering?
I want to have a job in aerospace engineering where I can help design and build space/aircraft but I don't know where to start in pursuing that. Where should I start with educations, what fields should I specifically look into?
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Multiple engineering degrees would lead to designing spacecraft. There are so many companies in so many locations that there is a good chance that if you get pretty good grades from a pretty well known engineering school you can get a job. Also remebered your first job is not your last and even if you dont get in right out of college it can still happen.
A lot of companies have a list of schools they look at (not that they don't hire from others). When looking at schools look at those that are well know in that degree and/or are located by the company you want to work for. Companies are known for working with near by schools for projects and recruiting, this also allows for internships year-round.
When you look at schools as which companies they have relationships with. When you get onto school get in with student-professional organizations.
There are many companies that supply parts to the bigger ones too.
Some ones to not look over,
NASA does have design engineers at some locations, JPL, RollsRoyce, to name a few.
I went to Embry Riddle and my first job at NASA had a lot of emplyees from there but also from local state schools.
Thank you for your question. Aerospace engineering is an extremely interesting field that has only gained momentum with the growth of companies as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin. Additionally, you can't forget the huge companies in the field like Boeing, Delta, and other airlines. If you are seeking a career in this field there's couple things you can do to line yourself up for success:
1. You'll have to go to college and major in a related field. The obvious one would be aerospace engineering, but this is not the only option. Not only aerospace engineers work building aircrafts, so you could pursue a career in manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and even computer engineering. It kind of depends on what part of the aircraft are you interested in. For example, if you'd like to be part of the software development for flight control, maybe computer engineering or computer science is the way. If you want to be part of the design and testing of the aircraft mechanical or aerospace might be better. Or if you interested in the process of putting every single component together then manufacturing or industrial engineering would be the way to go.
2. Gain experience in the field. If you seek to work for an aerospace company your best bet will be join student organizations who work on projects related to it. In my college we had teams of people dedicate to build RC aircrafts or even rockets for competition, these are valuable sources of experience employers look at in new hires. Another is looking for internships in related fields, like applying for an internship at a company in the previous list or just in the manufacturing area as most of the principles are transferable to other industries.
3. Talk to people already in the field or students of the career you might be interested in. No better source material than those walking the path you might want to pursue. Seek people in the university you might attend that are already in the major you want or talk to the professors who might let you know of an alumni working at some aerospace company. Connecting and talking with these people will help you better understand the industry and the path you'll have to follow.
Hope this helps with your question. Best of luck and fly high!