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Aerospace engineer

Aerospace engineers design, build and maintain planes, spacecraft and satellites.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £60,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • science skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to read English
  • operations analysis skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties will depend on your role but may include:

  • developing navigation, communications or weapons systems
  • researching ways to make fuel-efficient parts, such as wings, fuselage and engines
  • using CAD software for design
  • testing prototypes
  • collecting and analysing test data
  • planning and supervising the fitting of aircraft and components
  • signing off projects under strict industry regulations
  • scheduling and supervising maintenance

You could work in an aircraft hangar, on an aircraft, at a client's business, in a factory or in an office.

Your working environment may be cramped.

With experience, you could specialise in a particular field like:aerodynamics; fuel efficiency; space technology; investigating air accidents

You could also move up to become a project manager or consultant aerospace engineer.

You can find out more about careers in aerospace engineering from Careers in Aerospace.

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