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What is the difference between Aerospace and Mechanical engineering? And what job would you recommend?

What is the difference between Aerospace and Mechanical engineering? And what job would you recommend?

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Tricia’s Answer

At my university, both majors were part of one department. Aerospace took a few different classes than mechanical, I think more aerodynamics classes and less on pressure vessels and maybe thermodynamics.

The big difference to me is the job market. Aerospace tends to be concentrated in a few cities and a few specialties. Your options for employment tend to gravitate around commercial aircraft, NASA, or military. Those are pretty limited on geographical areas.

Mechanical has jobs in any city doing anything from design to manufacturing.
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Vamshee’s Answer

Aerospace engineering, also called aeronautical engineering, or astronautical engineering, is a primary field of engineering concerned with the design, manufacturing, and maintenance of aircrafts, spacecrafts, missiles and weapons systems, and testing of aerospace products. Aerospace is a vast field of study which covers two main areas, namely aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest and most versatile engineering disciplines which deals with design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems or such things that move as a complex machine. Mechanical is one of the most diverse engineering fields that combines the principles of engineering physics and mathematics with materials science to deal with all types of mechanical devices or systems.

Read more: Difference Between Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering | Difference Between http://www.differencebetween.net/miscellaneous/career-education/difference-between-aerospace-and-mechanical-engineering/ixzz7uqE1AggG

If you are interested in working on Aircrafts /Space crafts /Defense Systems Aerospace is better, Aerospace is a specialized area and you are limited to Aerospace and earn good income. Mechanical engineering offers wide range of opportunities in different industries including automobiles. So you decide which one interests you more...both are good.
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Stephen’s Answer

Mechanical Engineering can be a part of Aerospace Engineering, but Aerospace Engineering is dealing with anything that flies. Satellites and Aircraft for example. Aerospace Engineering can be deskwork, or can be design and building systems such as solar panels, electrical, communications, sensors, and similar things that makes the aircraft or satellite operate in their different environments. Some Aerospace Engineering can be related to ground systems too, that control or obtain data from the satellites or aircraft. Both are great careers, so both are great options.
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Pascal’s Answer

There are enough good responses here but I may add that as a mechanical engineer, working on aerospace projects can be especially challenging and interesting. In my country of origin (France) engineers from the best schools tend to go to the aerospace industry.
France has high end helicopters, military jets and missiles, "Le Concorde", Airbus, Ariane Espace, satellites...
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