Aerospace Engineering

Kyle Ford

What is aerospace engineering?

Aerospace engineering is the primary field concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft. It is divided into two major and overlapping branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering.

A typical day for an aeronautical engineer in the USAF

As an Aerospace Propulsion specialist, you'll ensure the engines are in first-rate operational condition. You'll know the engines inside and out and work on the flight line, in a shop or in a test facility. You'll also work where the jets are, whether that's in the United States or abroad.


The typical salary for a US Air Force Aerospace Engineer ranges from$59,437-$106,447, with an average salary of $79,000.


The USAFA Aeronautical Engineering program is unparalleled in undergraduate education. Regarded both nationally and internationally, USAFA Aeronautics provides a mix of top-ranked courses, facilities, and instructors. Supplemented by high-impact opportunities for real-world developmental research, the USAFA Aeronautics program provides one of the best undergraduate aeronautics educations available.

Successful completion of the aeronautical engineering major leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and prepares cadets for a wide variety of Air Force assignments in research and development, testing and operations in the discipline.