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What Exactly Does an Aerospace Engineer Do?

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An aerospace engineer does whatever his current job requires him to do. During his undergraduate training, an aerospace engineer is trained and given all the fundamentals of all subsystems that are related to rockets, aircraft, spacecraft and rotorcraft. You also receive training on design, testing and some aspects of manufacture.

Because of the extensive amounts of training and requirements of the profession, it is known as the jack of all trades and master of none.

Your job description as an aerospace engineer can go from writing thousands of lines of code at one time, testing electronic vibration at another, debugging integrated systems and you might even be stuck turning wrenches at other times. The job description also extends to giving presentations and sales pitches to business people and engineers.

Ideally, you are going to use every bit of training that you received in your undergrad training. Sometimes, you might start understanding thing in the field that you couldn’t understand during training.

While in most cases engineering school is equated to the few equations you might come across in school, the truth is, there is no better place to learn about engineering than out in the field. Some of the processes where the role of an aerospace engineer is critical include;

  • Maintenance
  • Testing
  • Analysis
  • Deployment
  • Design
  • Integration

However, even with their training, the aerospace engineer has to put in extra work in each area to be up to speed with the pure-focused professionals in each field. With enough effort, their role can also be essential in;

  • Electronics
  • Dynamics
  • Programming
  • Structural and mechanical design

An aerospace engineer is most comfortable in system engineering or project engineering roles where they are able to use their system based knowledge to make trades and decisions. They can also make sure that tests are done properly and the items pass testing before they are shipped.

Their role is also significant in the business sector with their ability to back up their decision with math and numbers. However, they have to possess the charisma to be able to move products and services.

Even though the general training of aerospace engineering can give you the basics, the pressure is on you to take time and learn what interests you most and remain competitive in such areas. You may need to receive added training for the pure-focus area and constantly train to stay in touch with the developing trends in the field. For more information get in touch with our team today!

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