What does an Aerospace Engineer do?

Aerospace engineers are responsible for designing and testing products that serve both the aeronautical and space industries. This role requires advanced materials knowledge and experience using specialized computer tools to draft designs for airplanes, helicopters, spacecraft, rockets, and other related machines.

Aerospace engineers require a Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, mathematics, or a similar science-based field of study. As many aerospace engineers work on government contracts, a security clearance is likely necessary. Security clearances can be acquired either through military service or through an employer. This role requires individuals with distinct math and other technical skills. Individuals should also be strongly detail-oriented.

  • Receive design requests and draft designs
  • Work collaboratively with team members to verify efficiency and functionality of designs
  • Utilize drafting tools to test and verify designs
  • Research and report on new technology implementations
  • Coordinate with various departments and other staff on design projects
  • Generate and deliver reports to managers and senior-level officers
  • Travel to conferences and meetings related to ongoing and proposed projects
  • Offer troubleshooting assistance to other engineers and staff
  • Masters degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, mathematics or related field may be preferable
  • 1-3 years of experience of entry-level positions
  • Confidental, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance may be required for government projects
  • Advanced knowledge of aeronautical machines, including airplanes, rockets, spacecraft, helicopters, and UAVs
  • Intermediate to expert-level background using CAD software, such as Solidworks, AutoCAD, or ProEngineer
  • Proven experience working within different operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and MacOS
  • Experience using computational software, such as MATLAB and Simulink
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to quickly and easily assess problems
  • Ability to work collaboratively and seek assistance to solve problems
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Aerospace Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£39,389 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £39K
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Naval Air Systems CommandNaval Air Systems Command
Aerospace Engineer
31 May 2021

“unlikely layoffs; promotions are almost automatic if you do your job and are good to work with.”

Aerospace Engineering Intern
20 Nov 2021

“Not really any except the pay is not exceptional relative to other aerospace engineering internships.”

Aerospace Engineer
3 Apr 2021

“Inexperienced and unskilled engineering management.”

American Honda MotorAmerican Honda Motor
Aerodynamics Engineer
1 Feb 2021

“Good pay good job fun dream job”

Northrop GrummanNorthrop Grumman
Aeronautical Engineer
5 Mar 2020

“Interesting work and good pay”

Astro Aero
Aeronautical Engineer
29 Sep 2021

“For these reasons almost half of the engineering team resigned within the space of a month.”

Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin
Aeronautical Engineer
4 Aug 2021

“Currently having staffing issues but refuse to increase pay or incentives to keep employees from leaving.”

Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin
Aeronautical Engineer
1 Sep 2021

“Pay was decent and I enjoyed the 9/80 work schedule.”

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