A Career in Aerospace Engineering
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What do they do?
- Direct and coordinate the design
- Testing of aircraft and aerospace products
- Assess proposals for projects to determine if they are technically and financially feasible
- Determine if proposed projects will result in safe aircraft and parts
- Evaluate designs to see that the products meet engineering principles, customer requirements, and environmental challenges
- Develop acceptance criteria for design methods, quality standards, sustainment after delivery, and completion dates
- Ensure that projects meet quality standards
- Inspect malfunctioning or damaged products to identify sources of problems and possible solutions
Where do they work?
- Aerospace engineers typically work full time. Engineers who direct projects must often work extra hours to monitor progress, to ensure that the design meets requirements, to determine how to measure aircraft performance, to see that production meets design standards, and to ensure that deadlines are met
- Aerospace engineers work in industries that build aircraft and often help oversee construction. They are employed in industries where workers design or build aircraft, missiles, systems for national defense, or spacecraft.
How much do they make?
Federal Government: $115,090
Navigational, Measuring,Electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing $112,640
Research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences:$111,070
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing:$108,920
- The median annual wage for aerospace engineers was $109,650 in May 2016. 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 $69,150, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $160,290
- In May 2016, the median annual wages for aerospace engineers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
How do they help humanity?
Few disciplines have inspired humanity as much as aerospace engineering. Many of the technological advances that are now part of our daily lives, such as handheld calculators and non-stick pans, were initially developed to aid in space flight. Today’s aerospace engineers are still working to help us view the edges of the universe as well as improve the way that we live our lives right here on planet earth.
Schools for Aerospace Engineering