Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Aeronautical engineers design and test aircraft, space vehicles & military space weapons & missiles for commercial airplane manufacturers, military agencies & aerospace research laboratories. They experiment with new designs to enhance performance and cost.
Duties: Confer with test pilots, customer executives & research engineers to identify special needs and performance characteristics for future aircraft, space vehicles and military missiles.

Design aircraft structural components such as fuselage, wings, rib assemblies, landing gears, etc. and make decisions of pilot control systems needed.

Decide and plan the engine propulsion design based upon the aircraft power requirements. They decide on construction materials in order to withstand stresses.

Request prototype versions of new designs for testing in laboratories prior to flight. Use computers to simulate the effects of flight on new designs.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to have an average growth rate from 2018 to 2028. The average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 9%.
Salary Range (National Average): $51,000 to $63,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program is the typical requirement for entry positions. Some employers require a master's degree. All 50 states require registration for engineering positions that may affect life, health or property of the public. Registration generally requires a bachelor's degree, four years of working experience and passing a state examination.
Advancement Info: At large companies, new graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. As they gain experience, they are given more difficult projects and independence to develop their designs. They may move from product manufacturing to project or production engineer positions. As a project engineer, they usually supervise others. The next steps are to managing engineer and then to chief engineer. These positions have more responsibilities and usually include supervision of other engineers. Those with leadership skills may move up to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Engineers who want to move into management quickly may advance by getting a master's degree in aerospace engineering or business administration.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.