Aerospace Engineer

"Create Flight" by, Noah Larscheid 2nd hour

Basic information about Aerospace Engineers

  • Prepare people to design aircraft and spacecraft
  • Apply the laws of aerodynamics to study how objects and surfaces move through space
  • Develop, design, test, and maintain equipment and vehicles that travel in the earth's atmosphere and in space
  • Often specialize in one aircraft or spacecraft part or system
  • Test materials, such as ceramic tiles or metal alloys, to determine their strength at high speeds
  • Build models of aircraft and spacecraft
  • Test aircraft and spacecraft in special environmentally controlled chambers
  • Work 40 to 50 hours a week but most aerospace engineers take work home after hours
  • Use CADD (computer-aided-drafting and design)
  • Training usually takes 4 to 7 years in college
  • They are not required a licence at entry level

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Enjoy meeting people
  • Like the challenge of solving complex problems
  • Proud to see their designs incorporated in aircraft or spacecraft

Cons:

  • Speaking before audiences
  • Prepare written reports
  • Performing routine tasks

What you need to succeed in this career

High School Courses:

Students should take courses that meet college entrance requirements. Helpful high school courses would include, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Probability, and Trigonometry/Advanced Algebra.


College Courses:

Aerospace engineers must earn a bachelor's degree in aerospace, aeronautics, or a related area of engineering such as electrical, electronic, mechanical, metallurgical, or ceramic engineering. The most common route for entering this field is a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering. This usually takes four, sometimes five years of full-time study beyond high school. About 90 colleges in the U.S. offer this program. You may also choose to take a five-year program that combines the bachelor's and master's degrees.

College Universities

Associations/Professional organization for this career

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA): 300 E Street S.W. (between 3rd and 4th Streets) Washington, D.C. Contact: 1 (202) 358-0001 http://www.nasa.gov/about/org_index.html


United States Air Force, (USAF): Washington, D.C. http://www.airforce.com/careers/

Job Advertisement

Are you interested in designing and building your very own aircraft or spacecraft, then Aeronautics is for you. If you are looking to apply for this job, you must be the top of your class because job openings are very competitive these days. Aerospace engineers earn $77,340 per year (national average). They also have to work 40 to 50 hours a week, so if your up to that, go for it. Some helpful high school courses that could help you in this career include: Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Probability, and Trigonometry/Advanced Algebra. after high school, students are required to have a bachelor's degree in aerospace, aeronautics, or a related area of engineering such as electrical, electronic, mechanical, metallurgical, or ceramic engineering. After graduating, aerospace engineers are not required to have a licence at entry level. If you would like to apply contact us at: 1 (202) 358-0001 or go to our website: http://www.nasa.gov/about/org_index.html

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