What Do Aerospace Engineers Do?


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The main responsibility of aerospace engineers is to design missiles, spacecraft, satellites or aircraft. An aerospace engineer may also test any prototypes of these products to ensure they function properly and in line with the intention of the initial design.

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Aerospace engineers can also assist with the manufacturing of any aerospace products and other types of aircraft. Their role can also expand to include developing new technology to use in the aviation industry. Many aerospace engineers focus on becoming an expert in their chosen field. Examples of specific fields in aerospace engineering include thermodynamics, guidance and control systems, and aerodynamics.

There are also two different types of engineering that aerospace engineers can specialize in. These two fields are aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. Aeronautical engineering focuses on working with different types of aircraft. This can include designing the aircraft and working with the theory and practice of flight. Astronautical engineers focus on working with spacecraft, specifically the interior and exterior performance of different types of spacecraft.

A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required to work in the field of aerospace engineering. There are some programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. Students should also focus on attending programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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