Aerospace Engineers

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About the Job

Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

It is also Called

  • Aerodynamicist
  • Aerodynamics Analyst
  • Aerodynamics Engineer
  • Aeronautical Design Engineer
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Aeronautical Project Engineer
  • Aeronautical Research Engineer
  • Aeronautical Test Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Aerospace Stress Engineer

What They Do

  • Review aerospace engineering designs to determine how to reduce negative environmental impacts.
  • Research new materials to determine quality or conformance to environmental standards.
  • Evaluate biofuel performance specifications to determine feasibility for aerospace applications.
  • Design or engineer filtration systems that reduce harmful emissions.
  • Design new or modify existing aerospace systems to reduce polluting emissions, such as nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, or smoke emissions.
  • Evaluate and approve selection of vendors by studying past performance or new advertisements.
  • Direct research and development programs.
  • Formulate mathematical models or other methods of computer analysis to develop, evaluate, or modify design, according to customer engineering requirements.
  • Review performance reports and documentation from customers and field engineers, and inspect malfunctioning or damaged products to determine problem.
  • Write technical reports or other documentation, such as handbooks or bulletins, for use by engineering staff, management, or customers.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Working Conditions, but also value Recognition and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $105,450 with most people making between $65,130 and $150,680

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 81,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 85,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 21,000 replacement openings for approximately 21,000 total annual openings.