Aerospace Engineer

Designing the Future by Alex Brester 4th Hour

Basic Information

Aerospace Engineers...

  • Develop, design, test, and maintain equipment that travels through Earths atmosphere and space.
  • Work in offices, factories, airstrips, and launching areas, just to name a few.
  • Are on their feet most of the day drawing blueprints or designing components.
  • Work as a team to complete a project or solve a problem.
  • Usually work between 40-50 hours per week, and take some work home with them.
  • Prepare and present reports on their plans or expirements.
  • Are required to have a Bachelor's degree in aerospace, aeronautics, or a related area, however many companies prefer job seekers with a Master's degree.
  • May work for NASA or the Department of Defense.
  • Can be paid as low as $51,000 per year and as high as $149,000 per year.
  • Work with ceramics to make parts

Pros vs. Cons

Pros of being an Aerospace Engineer:

1. You experience the challenge of performing complex tasks.

2. Meeting new people.

3. Proud to see their designs incoporated in aircraft or spacecraft.


Cons of being an Aerospace Enigneer:

1. You have to prepare written reports.

2. May be required to speak before audiences.

3. Frequently have to take work home of work extra hour.

High School and Post-Secondary Keys To Success

High School
  • Take classes such as Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, and Language Arts, all on advanced levels.
  • Join Engineering, Woodworking, Robotics, or other design programs as electives or extra-curriculars.
  • Work towards getting in the most advanced classes that you will pass to help you in college.


College/Post-Secondary

  • Take Chemistry, Mathematics, and a variety of Aeronautics classes.
  • Apply for schools other than a College or University.
  • Join a program that focuses on Technology/Computer Programming to assist when you design parts.

Purdue University

Pros

1. In-State tuition costs under $10,000 per year.

2. Division 1 sports.

3. Only 50% of students stay on campus for the weekend, meaning less chaos during free time.


Cons

1. Out-Of-State tuition costs almost $30,000 per year.

2. Only 30% of students get their Bachelor's degree in four years or less.

3. Not located very close to home, which makes it harder to see family.

Auburn

Pros

1. 90% of freshman returned for their sophmore year, which is good because it shows that they are satisified with their schooling.

2. Large campus - "Room to roam".

3. Faculty ratio of 18:1, just the right amount of authority.


Cons

1. Only 38% of students earn their Bachelor's degree in four years or less, showing that either the students didn't try or the students were mistaught.

2. Offers no Associate level degrees in related areas.

3. Not within commuting distance of a large city, forcing you to either live on campus or pay for a place to live, which generally costs more in suburban areas.

Stanford

Pros

1. Offers quarterly classes, opening up more chances for electives.

2. Faculty ratio is 5:1, sl that students have a high amount of resources to guide them.

3. 79% of students complete their Bachelor's degree in four years or less.


Cons

1. Doesn't offer any Advanced level degrees.

2. No part-time option for freshman.

3. Private school = higher tuition.

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Do you enjoy working with ceramics? What about working on a project as a team? If you want make a lot of money, are interested in seeing your creations in real life vehicles, and want to work in wind tunnels, then an Aerospace Engineer career is for you! You can even design a WHOLE vehicle! Keep reading for contact information!

American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics

The world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.