Aerospace Engineers
SOC: 17-2011.00

Description:

Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
72,500 employed

Projected (2024):
70,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Aerodynamicist
  • Aeronautical Design Engineer
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Aeronautical Project Engineer
  • Aeronautical Research Engineer
  • Aeronautical Test Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Aerospace Stress Engineer
  • Aircraft Designer
  • Aircraft Engineer
  • Aircraft Instrument Engineer
  • Aircraft Stress Analyst
  • Airplane Designer
  • Airplane Engineer
  • Astronautical Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Aviation Consultant
  • Aviation Engineer
  • Avionics Engineer
  • Design Analyst
  • Design Engineer
  • Designer
  • Dynamicist
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Flight Controls Engineer
  • Flight Dynamicist
  • Flight Engineer
  • Flight Test Engineer
  • Fuel-Efficient Aircraft Designer
  • Helicopter Engineer
  • Master Lay Out Specialist
  • Military Aircraft Designer
  • Physical Aerodynamicist
  • Pipe Stress Engineer
  • Propeller Engineer
  • Propulsion Engineer
  • Rocket Scientist
  • Service Engineer
  • Space Engineer
  • Stress Engineer
  • Structural Analysis Engineer
  • Structures Engineer
  • Supersonic Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
  • Systems Engineer
  • Test Analyst
  • Test Engineer
  • Test Facility Engineer
  • Thermodynamicist
  • Thermodynamics Engineer
  • Transonic Engineer
  • Value Engineer
  • Vibration Engineer
  • Weight Control Engineer
  • Weight Engineer
  • Wind Tunnel Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Direct or coordinate activities of engineering or technical personnel involved in designing, fabricating, modifying, or testing of aircraft or aerospace products.
  • Plan or conduct experimental, environmental, operational, or stress tests on models or prototypes of aircraft or aerospace systems or equipment.
  • Formulate mathematical models or other methods of computer analysis to develop, evaluate, or modify design, according to customer engineering requirements.
  • Write technical reports or other documentation, such as handbooks or bulletins, for use by engineering staff, management, or customers.
  • Analyze project requests, proposals, or engineering data to determine feasibility, productibility, cost, or production time of aerospace or aeronautical products.
  • Evaluate and approve selection of vendors by studying past performance or new advertisements.
  • Plan or coordinate activities concerned with investigating and resolving customers' reports of technical problems with aircraft or aerospace vehicles.
  • Maintain records of performance reports for future reference.
  • Design new or modify existing aerospace systems to reduce polluting emissions, such as nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, or smoke emissions.
  • Design or engineer filtration systems that reduce harmful emissions.
  • Evaluate biofuel performance specifications to determine feasibility for aerospace applications.
  • Research new materials to determine quality or conformance to environmental standards.
  • Review aerospace engineering designs to determine how to reduce negative environmental impacts.
  • Formulate conceptual design of aeronautical or aerospace products or systems to meet customer requirements or conform to environmental regulations.
  • Evaluate product data or design from inspections or reports for conformance to engineering principles, customer requirements, environmental regulations, or quality standards.
  • Develop design criteria for aeronautical or aerospace products or systems, including testing methods, production costs, quality standards, environmental standards, or completion dates.
  • Diagnose performance problems by reviewing performance reports or documentation from customers or field engineers or inspecting malfunctioning or damaged products.
  • Direct aerospace research and development programs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acoustic emissions systems
  • Anechoic chambers
  • Argon-ion lasers
  • Atomic force microscopes
  • Axial flow compressor facilities
  • Axial flow research fans
  • Axial flow turbines
  • Centerless grinders
  • Cluster computers
  • Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Digital pressure gauges
  • Digital voltmeters DVM
  • Electronic flight instrument systems EFIS
  • Electronic pressure scanners
  • Fatigue testing machines
  • Fiber optic interferometers
  • Flight management systems FMS
  • Flight simulators
  • Flow meters
  • Force transducers
  • Impact guns
  • Impinging jet apparatus
  • Laboratory centrifugal pumps
  • Laser Doppler velocimeters LDV
  • Laser velocimeters
  • Lasers
  • Lathes
  • Load frames
  • Mainframe computers
  • Multi-axis mills
  • Parallel computers
  • Personal computers
  • Plotters
  • Power microwave generators
  • Profilometers
  • Propellant combustion chambers
  • Push/pull dynamometers
  • Reflection polariscopes
  • Signal generators
  • Spectrometers
  • Strain gauge balances
  • Surface grinding machines
  • Terminal computers
  • Ultrasonic inspection equipment
  • UNIX work stations
  • Vacuum facilities
  • Vibration isolation tables
  • Viscometers
  • Wave analyzers
  • Welders
  • Ada
  • Alstom ESARAD
  • Alstom ESATAN
  • Altera Quartus II
  • Analytical Graphics STK Expert Edition
  • ANSYS software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • C
  • Collier Research HyperSizer
  • Computational fluid dynamics CFD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Computer-aided engineering CAE software
  • Cullimore & Ring Technologies SINDA/FLUINT
  • Cullimore & Ring Technologies Thermal Desktop
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
  • Data acquisition systems
  • Digital Equipment Corporation DIGITAL Fortran 90
  • ESI Group AutoSEA2
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Fatigue analysis software
  • Finite element method FEM software
  • Flexible dynamics modeling software
  • Grid generation software
  • Harvard Thermal TAS
  • Hewlett-Packard HP OpenVMS
  • IBM Rational ClearCase
  • IBM Rational ClearQuest
  • IBM Rational DOORS
  • IBM Rational Requisite Pro
  • Image processing systems
  • K&K Associates Thermal Analysis Kit TAK
  • Linux
  • Maplesoft Maple
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Visual C++
  • Microsoft Word
  • MSC Software Fatigue
  • MSC Software Nastran
  • MSC Software Patran
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Network Analysis SINDA-G
  • Oracle software
  • Phoenix Integration ModelCenter
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • PTC Pro/INTRALINK
  • Python
  • Southwest Research Institute NASGRO
  • Stress analysis software
  • Sun Microsystems Java
  • TEAM Engineering FEMAP
  • Tecplot Focus
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • The MathWorks Simulink
  • Thermal analysis software
  • Thermal design software
  • Thermal Radiation Analysis System TRASYS
  • Thermal Synthesizer System TSS
  • UGS Solid Edge
  • Universal Technical Systems TK Solver
  • UNIX
  • Verilog
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica
  • Xilinx TMRTool


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980