Aerospace Engineer Technition

This article will tell you about engineers.

Work environment:

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians held about 9,900 jobs in 2012. They usually work full time in laboratories, offices, and manufacturing or industrial plants. Many are exposed to hazards from equipment or from toxic materials, but incidents are rare as long as proper procedures are followed.

What they do

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians operate and maintain equipment used in testing new aircraft and spacecraft. Increasingly, these workers are being required to program and run computer simulations that test new designs. Their work is critical in preventing the failure of key parts of new aircraft, spacecraft, or missiles. They also help in quality assurance, testing, and operation of advanced technology equipment used in producing aircraft and the systems that go into the aircraft.

How to become one

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians with an associate’s degree in engineering technology are increasingly being preferred by employers because of the advanced technologies being used in design, test, and production. Prospective technicians also may earn certificates or diplomas offered by vocational or technical schools. Some aerospace engineering and operations technicians must have security clearances to work on projects related to national defense. U.S. citizenship may be required for certain types and levels of clearances.


The median annual wage for aerospace engineering and operations technicians was $61,530 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,020, and the top 10 percent earned more than $87,370.

Job Outlook

Employment of aerospace engineering and operations technicians is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians work on many projects related to national defense and therefore require security clearances. This restriction will help to keep jobs in the United States. In addition, aircraft are being redesigned to cut down on noise pollution and to raise fuel efficiency, increasing demand for research and development particularly in support of air transportation.


Aerospace engineering and operations technicians work mainly in national defense–related projects or in designing civilian aircraft. Research and development projects, ranging from more efficient propulsion systems to new air transport concepts, will create demand for these workers.

Those who work on engines or propulsion will be increasingly needed as design and production emphasis shifts to rebuilding existing aircraft so that they give off less noise while using less

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