An Aeronautical Engineer will apply scientific and technological principles to research, design, develop, maintain and test the performance of civil and military aircraft, missiles, weapons systems, satellites and space vehicles. They also work on the different components that make up these aircraft and systems.
You'll usually need an HNC, HND, foundation degree, or degree in aerospace engineering, avionics, or a related subject, like:
- electrical or electronic engineering
- mechanical engineering
- manufacturing or product engineering
- physics or applied physics
- software engineering or mathematics
The Association of Aerospace Universities has more information about courses.
You could also start as an aerospace engineering technician apprentice with an airline operator, airline manufacturer or engineering company. You'dthen continue your training up to degree level.
You'll usually start on a company's training scheme, and work towards your engineering licence, known as a Part 66, and issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With a license, you can work as a qualified engineer.
Careers in Aerospace has information on careers in aerospace engineering.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could specialise in a particular field like:
- fuel efficiency
- space technology
- investigating air accidents
You could also move up to become a project manager or consultant aerospace engineer.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Aerospace engineering technician
- Airline pilot
- Electrical engineer
- Strong mathematical, analytical and problem solving skills
- Creativity and innovative thinking
- Attention to detail
- Good communication skills both verbal and written
- A love of aircraft and aeronautics and a commitment to keep up to date with developments
£20,000 to £60,000