Engineering - Aeronautical Graduate Jobs - Careers Guide

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Want a cool job? Well, aeronautical engineers make things fly. They are the people who keep things up in the air (and even in space) - that includes things like planes, satellites, and missiles.

Over a million aircraft fly through the UK's airspace every year. Aerospace engineering can involve anything from design and implementation of air traffic systems to computer-assisted design of airframes and wings for aircraft to wind tunnel trials.

Although this is technically a science position there are lots of areas that you can specialise in such as design, manufacturing and navigation.

Engineers often start out on graduate training schemes run by specific employers, and additional training may also be taken on the job. If your work is successful you could find yourself being the member of a professional institution like the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

The standard recognition of professional engineers in the UK is set by The Engineering Council UK (ECUK) and for engineering technicians through the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). They are responsible for granting Incorporated (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CENG) status.

What degree do I need?TOP ^

In order to get a graduate job in aeronautical engineering, you will need to have an appropriate degree. An engineering degree will give you the technical skills needed to work in aviation, as well as some of the softer employability skills you need.

The degrees that will allow you to get a graduate aeronautical engineering job include:

  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Avionics engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Civil engineering

Studying a graduate aeronautical engineering course will give you the potential to specialise in your preferred area of interest and gain more in-depth knowledge and experience before moving into your chosen career.

You will be able to study more practical or research based programmes, and may get a chance to take part in an internship to begin to use your skills.

What skills do I need?TOP ^

An aeronautical engineer must have the technical skills and qualifications needed to work in this fast-moving industry. You should have excellent design, numeracy and planning skills, among others.

Some skills that would be useful for a graduate aeronautical engineering role include:

What graduate aeronautical engineering jobs can I do? TOP ^

Working as an aeronautical engineer is a highly skilled profession, and therefore amaster's degree is often a professional requirement to progress fully into it.

The role you get will often depend on which area of engineering you choose to specialise in. Choose aeronautical engineering if you want to build planes, or go for the more technical astronautical engineering if spacecraft is more your thing.

With an Aeronautical Engineering Masters you could pursue careers in:

  • Aerospace
  • Defence
  • Renewable energy
  • Control design
  • Structural engineering

Some jobs include:

  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Aerospace model technician
  • Engineering design
  • Aircraft technician
  • Research scientist

Average aeronautical engineering salariesTOP ^

Engineering is technically difficult to master, so aerospace engineers can earn large salaries depending on the company they work in. Membership of a professional body and continuing to gain qualifications throughout your career will ensure your salary continues to grow.

  • Aerospace engineer: £20,000 - £30,000
  • Senior aerospace engineer: £40,000 - £50,000
  • Systems engineer: £22,500 - £40,000
  • Aerospace technician: £18,000 - £35,000
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