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Aerospace Engineering Overview - Preparation - Day In The Life - Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations -
Profiles of Aerospace Engineers - PowerPoint - Podcast


Aerospace engineers design, test, and supervise the manufacture of aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. Those who work with aircraft are called aeronautical engineers, and those working specifically with spacecraft are astronautical engineers.

Aerospace engineers develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration, often specializing in areas such as structural design, guidance, navigation and control, instrumentation and communication, and production methods. They also may specialize in a particular type of aerospace product, such as commercial aircraft, military fighter jets, helicopters, spacecraft, or missiles and rockets, and may become experts in aerodynamics, thermodynamics, celestial mechanics, propulsion, acoustics, or guidance and control systems.

They often use computer-aided design (CAD) software, robotics, and lasers
and advanced electronic optics. They also may specialize in a particular type of aerospace product, such as commercial transports, military fighter jets, helicopters, spacecraft, or missiles and rockets. Aerospace engineers may be experts in aerodynamics, thermodynamics, celestial mechanics, propulsion, acoustics, or guidance and control systems.

Aerospace engineers typically are employed in the aerospace product and parts industry, although their skills are becoming increasingly valuable in other fields. For example, in the motor vehicles manufacturing industry, aerospace engineers design vehicles that have lower air resistance and, thus, increased fuel efficiency.

Aerospace Engineering Resources

Online

Profiles of Aerospace Engineers:
Interviews of Professionals
Overview:
Overview of Aerospace Engineering
Preparation:
Admission Requirements, Alternate Degree Paths, Graduate Programs, Accredited Programs
Day in the Life:
Teams and Coworkers, Tasks, the Workplace
Earnings:
Employer Options, Salary Ranges, Types of Employers
Employment:
Statistics, Industries, Employers
Career Path Forecast:
Predictions
Professional Organizations:
Resources, Networking, Support
Podcast:
Overview of the field of Aerospace Engineering
Internet Resources:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
AIAA Ask an Engineer
AIAA History of Aerospace
Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society of the IEEE

Aerospace Industries Association

American Astronautical Society

NASA
NASA Explorer Schools Program

Society of Flight Test Engineers

US Department of Commerce Aerospace Profile

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Photos are courtesy of NASA.


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