Aerospace Engineering is the world of designing, building and even flying aircrafts, spacecrafts, and a myriad of other machines that you see in the sky. Aerospace engineers are known for stressing safety and reliability at all times! They also operate with exceptionally detail-oriented work ethics while evaluating and distinguishing designs that produce results. Aerospace engineers also identify and overcome challenges and practice overcoming obstacles.
What is Aerospace Engineering?
The field of aerospace engineering offers unique opportunities to make a real difference by applying your knowledge of the overlapping branches of aeronautical (aircraft) engineering and astronautical (spacecraft) engineering. These areas of endeavor are in high demand today, especially given the growth of privatized space exploration companies, drones, and next gen aircraft.
What Does an Aerospace Engineer Do?
There are many jobs available to aeronautic engineers and aeronautical engineers. Examples include homeland defense, aerospace design for firms conducting launches, and aircraft engineering. Aerospace engineers also design and build drones and other mechanized flyers for a host of concerns. They also conduct research and design associate systems like navigation and instrumentation. Lastly, aerospace engineers also can work for government institutions including: intelligence agencies, regulatory agencies, military agencies, civilian corporations, and even privatize space exploration companies.
How to Become an Aeronautic Engineer or Aeronautical Engineer
There are some unique licensing requirements for aerospace engineers. Often a Professional Engineering (PE) license is required. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs).
All states issue their own licenses. Typically states recognize licenses from other states, and many states require continuing education for engineers to keep their licenses. After all this, engineers often start with internships or other ways to begin to ease into positions, and learn as they go. Often these positions are best created during the undergraduate program, through these work-study or internship opportunities.
Aerospace Engineering Degrees
If a career as an aeronautical engineer or aeronautic engineer appeals to you, you will need to start with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical or aerospace engineering. Your areas of focus should include, math, mechanics, and more. Many degree programs feature a wider education in the sciences and engineering during the first two years followed by specific instruction in aerospace theory and design during the last two years. Classes can include aerodynamics, advanced materials, and even propulsion systems.
Aeronautic Engineering Links and Resources
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.
- American Helicopter Society International: the world’s oldest technical society dedicated to enhancing the understanding of vertical flight technology.
- International Astronautical Federation: advances knowledge about space and fosters the development of space assets through facilitating global cooperation.
- Aerospace Industries Association: the premier trade association representing the nation’s major aerospace and defense manufacturers.
- American Astronautical Society: the premier independent scientific and technical group in the United States exclusively dedicated to the advancement of space science and exploration.
- Society of Flight Test Engineers: information for flight test engineering professionals in test operations, analysis, instrumentation, and data systems fields.
- IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society: focuses on the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments.
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