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Aerospace Engineering

What aerospace engineering is and what aerospace engineers do.
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Colin White

on 20 September 2012

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Aerospace Engineering By: Colin White Aerospace engineers build any and all types of aircraft and spacecrafts. They build jets, airplanes, space shuttles, satellites and even missiles. They also evaluate whether a project will work and if it can be done within the financial requirements. They also determine if a project is safe, in the case of an accident they determine what went wrong and how the problem can be fixed. Aerospace engineers are primarily employed in manufacturing, analysis and designing. Many of them work for big companies such as boeing and NASA. With the new computer technology aerospace engineers spend a lot more time in an office designing things on computers. Aerospace engineers often have to work overtime to oversee projects and to make sure deadlines are met. What is the nature of their work? To become an Aerospace Engineer you need at least a Bachelor's degree to get an entry level job. Good classes to take in highschool are physics, chemistry, algebra, calculus and trigonometry. At the college level there are many interactive courses in which students can work in the field or even in partnership with an industry. In the new modern era many engineers work on designing things on computers, therefore many aerospace engineers need training in computer design. It is also beneficial for aerospace engineers to have business skills because they often work with the federall government. What kind of Education do I need to get? #1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Top Schools For Aerospace Engineering #2 Georgia Institute of Technology #3 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor $42,050 tuition, 4,384 student enrolled $10,000 instate and $29000 out of state, 13,984 students enrolled $13,000 instate and $39000 out of state tuition,27,00 students enrolled To be an Aerospace Engineer you of course need a high school degree and a bachelor's degree. Also to move up you may need to get an advanced degree. Aerospace engineers also need to keep up with the latest designs and computer software. They also need good writing, math, analytical, business, teamwork and critical thinking skills. Aerospace engineers can advance to become technical specialists or program managers. This usually requires an apprenticeship under a more experienced aerospace engineer. What kind of training, qualifications and advancement are there? Job Outlook Job growth for Aerospace Engineering is expected to grow 5% in the next 10 years, which is slower than the average, which is 14% for all jobs and 11% for engineers in general. The need for quieter and more fuel efficient aircrafts will help growth. Also, many Aerospace engineers work for the federal government requiring clearances, this keeps a lot of the jobs open to US Citizens only. Their is currently 81,000 jobs and in the US and their is expected to be a growth of 4,00 jobs in the next 10 years. I In May of 2010 the median annual wage of an Aerospace Engineer was $97,480. The lowest 10% were still earning around $60,000 and the top 10% were earning over $143,360. The higher payed engineers usually worked for the federal government or in scientific research and development. How much monet do Aerospace Engineers make? One similar job is an aerospace engineer operation technicians. They work in same environment but they use the machinery more and do more of the building then design. Other similar occupations are material engineers, mechanical engineers and industrial engineers. Any interesting related jobs?
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