Aerospace Engineer

Eric Breiner

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Educational Requirements

Aerospace Engineers generally require a Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Because of the amount of classes needed, this takes 4 to 5 years. Classes consist of core mathematics, chemistry, and physics classes along with a wide variety of engineering topics like aerodynamics, Engineering design, cockpit electronics, and 3D computer design.

Job Duties

Direct or coordinate activities of engineering or technical personnel involved in designing, fabricating, modifying, or testing of aircraft or aerospace products.
Formulate conceptual design of aeronautical or aerospace products or systems to meet customer requirements.
Plan or coordinate activities concerned with investigating and resolving customers' reports of technical problems with aircraft or aerospace vehicles.
Plan or conduct experimental, environmental, operational, or stress tests on models or prototypes of aircraft or aerospace systems or equipment.
Analyze project requests, proposals, or engineering data to determine feasibility, productibility, cost, or production time of aerospace or aeronautical products.
Evaluate product data and design from inspections and reports for conformance to engineering principles, customer requirements, and quality standards.
Develop design criteria for aeronautical or aerospace products or systems, including testing methods, production costs, quality standards, and completion dates.

Location and Hours

Depending on what the current task is, am Aerospace Engineer will either work in the office creating designs or in the factories and industries overseeing aircraft/spacecraft production. Aerospace Engineers generally work 40 hours a week and frequently work overtime to ensure the projects/designs are done properly and on time.

Median Annual Salary: $103,870

Outlook

This field will grow by 7% which is slower than average.

"The opportunities available in aerospace engineering are expected to increase because of advances in technology and changes in the designs of many types of aircraft and spacecraft."
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Work Values

Working Conditions

Independence

Recognition