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Aeronautical Engineer Profile

Aeronautical Engineers Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Aeronautical Engineers. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Aeronautical Engineers
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Aeronautical Engineers Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Aeronautical engineers apply scientific and technological principles to research, design, maintain and develop the performance of civil and military aircraft, missiles, weapons systems, satellites and space vehicles. The role is focused on enhancing high quality flight safety and standards, as well as reducing system costs.

Aeronautical engineering offers a wide range of roles. Most engineers specialise in a particular area, such as research, design, testing, manufacture or maintenance.

Professional roles within the industry include: Chartered Engineer status, with overall managerial responsibility for projects; Incorporated Engineer level, with day-to-day responsibility for problem solving and team supervision; and Engineering Technician level, with responsibility for manufacture and assembly

What does the role encounter?

An Aeronautical Engineers work includes:

• undertaking blue sky research or applied research: blue sky research involves developing and using fundamental physical processes and physics laws in a controlled environment; applied research concerns the application of blue sky research and is undertaken in a design environment, industry or university research centre;
• applying the principles of science and technology to the creative design of single components for whole engines;
• developing design specifications;
• designing aircraft components to strict standards;
• undertaking systematic manufacturing, involving the assembly and modification of components;
• supervising the assembly of airframes and the installation of engines, instruments and other equipment; for example, when installing extra fuel tanks, deciding where the tanks are to be placed and checking that the support structure of the aircraft is strong enough to carry the extra weight;
• participating in flight test programmes to measure take-off distances, rate of climb, stall speeds, manoeuvrability and landing capacities;
• maintaining aircraft for full operation, involving regular inspections, maintenance and servicing;
• measuring and improving the performance of aircraft, components and systems;
• testing, evaluating, modifying and re-testing products;
• collating a range of information, analysing and interpreting data and publishing the results of specific projects in technical report form;
• storing paperwork for approved data (drawings, technical instructions, assessments and calculations);
• working with teams, suppliers, clients and managers to agree budgets, timescales and specifications;
• project managing, including scheduling resources and staff and managing budgets;
• communicating technical and regulatory advice to clients, teams, suppliers and other professionals within the aerospace industry;
• resolving issues that arise during the design, development and testing processes;
• working with a range of IT software packages to undertake design, planning and project management work;
• presenting data to groups and individuals.

What level of salary and benefits are there?

These figures are purely for guidance only. Salaries may vary for the area the job is situated in, age, experience along with a host of other factors:

• Typical starting salaries - £20,000 - £25,000.
• Typical salaries with experience - £30,000 - £45,000.
• Typical salaries at senior levels - £45,000 - £55,000.
• Some employers may offer higher starting salaries for those with Masters or research qualifications.

What type of hours will I have to work?

Working hours are mainly nine to five, but extra hours may be required to complete projects to deadlines. Aeronautical engineers often work on an 'on-call' basis for consultation if there is a request to change the priority of repairs or modifications. Some employers provide flexible working schemes. Work is undertaken in a design or airport office or laboratory, with visits to sites and to other industrial companies and experimental establishments. The work is often in a team, with close working between colleagues and departments.

What type of skills will I need?

You will need to have some or all of the following type of skills to carry out this job:

• ability to think creatively;
• strong technical knowledge;
• attention to detail;
• a level of commercial awareness;
• strong communication and team working skills;
• ability to work to deadlines;
• problem solving skills.

Languages may be an advantage for work carried out with worldwide partners.

What type of training will I receive?

Training is usually undertaken whilst working. Work is monitored and leads to the achievement of corporate membership of a professional institution like the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES). The Engineering Council UK (ECUK) is responsible for setting the standard for recognition of professional engineers and engineering technicians in the UK through UK-SPEC (previously SARTOR).

Training varies between organisations but most large companies will offer structured training and encourage professional/Chartered status, particularly those with graduate employment schemes. Some company training schemes are accredited by professional bodies, such as the RAES, to support graduates on the way to registration as a Chartered Engineer. Companies usually offer in-service training and short courses to meet specific training needs. Experience in other areas may be required before taking up a responsible job.

Career Progression:

Many employers encourage continuous professional development (CPD). Of directly employed employees, many hold a university degree or equivalent and have received accredited training in their respective fields. The aerospace industry has a strong track record of investing in its workforce through funding and supporting employee training, as well as encouraging membership of relevant engineering institutions, such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Much of the technology involved in this setting is cutting-edge and aeronautical engineers are often involved in highly innovative new concepts, which makes it essential for them to continuously develop themselves personally and professionally. The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) provides conferences, training courses and specialist groups to enable CPD within the sector.

What Sort Of Industries Have A Requirement For This Type Of Job?

• aircraft manufacturing companies;
• the armed forces, including the Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force (RAF);
• government research agencies;
• the further and higher education sectors;
• airline operators.

Aeronautical engineers are also employed by original equipment manufacturers, which include airframe manufacturers, as well as large companies that specialise in aircraft systems. These companies are supported by smaller niche companies, which focus on particular capabilities.

Are Their Related Types Of Jobs?

Yes. This list is not exhaustive but here are some similar and associated types of role:

1. Armed Forces officer, technical
2. Automotive engineer
3. Civil engineer (consulting)
4. Control and instrumentation engineer
5. Electrical engineer
6. Electronics engineer
7. Mechanical engineer
8. Naval architect
9. Process engineer
10. Technical author.

What trade magazines or publications are available for this industry?

All of the following magazines and journals can be purchased from any good bookstore:

The Aeronautical Journal.
Aerospace International.
The Directory of British Aviation.
Flight International.
TARGET Engineering.
The Hobsons Engineering Guide.
IEE Recruitment.
Inside Careers: Engineering and Technology.
New Scientist.
Professional Engineering.

Where can I find further information?

Further information can be found by visiting any of the following bodies and organisations the addresses and their respective websites are:

Aviation Training Association - 125 London Road, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 1BT.

British National Space Centre - The Information Centre, 151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SS - Tel: 020 7215 0807 -

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) - CAA House, 45-59 Kingsway, London WC2B 6TE - Tel: 020 7379 7311 -

Engineering Council UK (ECUK) - 10 Maltravers St, London WC2R 3ER
Tel: 020 7240 7891 -

European Space Agency (ESA) - 8-10 rue Mario Nikis, 75738 Paris, Cedex 15, France -

Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) - Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL
Tel: 020 7240 1871 -

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) - 1 Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ
Tel: 020 7222 7899 -

Other Useful Aeronautical Engineers Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Aeronautical Engineers job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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