Aerospace engineers research, design, develop, maintain and test the performance of civil and military aircrafts, missiles, satellites, space rovers and weapons systems. They work to improve flight safety, fuel efficiency, speed, weight, environmental impact, and cost-efficiency.
Starting salary: £20,000-£28,000.
With experience: £28,000-£40,000.
Senior chartered levels: £45,000-£60,000+.
You'll work 9am to 5pm, with overtime to complete projects to a deadline. Could work on on-call consultation basis.
Specialize in areas such as aerodynamics, propulsion or avionics. Also can choose areas like commercial roles in sales, training or lecturing.
Skills Valued by Employers
- Strong technical knowledge of aerospace systems and manufacturing.
- Creativity and innovation, particularly when developing designs.
- Problem-solving and analytical skills for dealing with repairs.
- Meticulous attention to detail and a methodical approach to work.
- Commercial awareness and knowledge of the aerospace industry.
- Communication and teamworking skills.
- The ability to work to deadlines with self-motivation.
- Organizational and time management skills.
- The ability to cope with new demands and new problems.
- A love of aviation, aircraft and flight technology.