As an aerospace engineer you would design, build and maintain aircraft as well as the parts and instruments that are in them. You would be working at the forefront of technology in the exciting arena of space vehicles and satellites.
If you’ve always been passionate about aircraft and spacecraft, then this could be the perfect job for you. To become an engineer it’s necessary to have excellent maths skills, a great ability to problem-solve along with a methodical approach to work.
You will usually require a HND, degree or postgraduate award in a relevant engineering subject.
|Necessary skills, interests and qualities
You need to have/be able to:
European language skills may be helpful also, particularly when working on a joint international project.
Usual work activities
Aerospace engineers work on development of aircraft and related technology, such as:
- Fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters
- Space vehicles
- Missiles and weapons
- Flight simulators
- Flight components and instruments
As an aerospace engineer, your work could lay in research and development, or testing or production and maintenance. Duties can vary quite widely dependant on which area you work in, but can include:
- Developing avionic systems such as navigation instruments and communications
- Researching ways to increase efficiency my making fuel-efficient parts
- Using CAD software
- Carry out ground- and flight-testing programmes on prototypes
- Collect and analyse test data
- Plan and supervise the assembly and fitting of aircraft and components
- Sign off projects following strict licensing regulations
- Schedule and supervise line (airport) and base (hangar) maintenance of aircraft
Where do I go from here?
From there, the possibilities are endless in the direction you can take your career path. Various jobs in this exciting sector are often available, and many offer huge possibilities in the business side of things. Varying roles covered are:
Sales manager – the role would include: enhancing the development and execution of B2B sales; helping to achieve maximum profitability and growth; securing new customers as well as increasing existing revenue.
Recruitment consultant – this type of role would typically include: Managing and developing international clients; development of the business with lead generation; learn to identify and develop new sales opportunities; both sourcing and head-hunting desirable candidates, ensuring their suitability for a variety of roles; both create and advertise vacancies; the negotiation of packages and ensuring placements are properly finalised.
Trainee broker – this is an extremely interesting role which would typically include: responsibility for identifying, as well as securing, new business and also re-orders from existing clients; being responsible for developing an on-going portfolio which will create profitable business in the short- and long-term; chartering aircraft, including helicopters and private jets, for many clients from diverse areas.
Development Manager in Air Traffic Management – this role would typically include: managing, directing and coordinating ATM development at airports; developing a strategic ATM concept, thereby providing market leading innovation; provide ATM input to both airport projects and commercial bids; the need to develop and deliver the requirements of existing contracts; identifying requirements and delivering solutions which are appropriate to overall strategic service development; tender evaluation. You would need: broad ATM experience and thorough knowledge and understanding of process development, safety cases and hazard analysis; to be analytical, a good problem-solver and also open-minded; an ability to see the bigger picture and a good ability to focus on customer’s requirements.
Business services within aviation engineering are very diverse and as such, they offer varying levels of remuneration.
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