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Aeronautical Engineer

POSITION SUMMARY

Aeronautical Engineers, sometimes referred to as aerospace engineers, work in the aerospace, aviation and defense industries. They work on a variety of projects that range from aircrafts such as passenger jets, helicopters, fighter planes, and space shuttles to machinery such as satellites, missiles and weapons systems. Their work consists of designing, developing, researching and testing complex engineering solutions.

Aeronautical Engineers will often specialize in a certain field due to the level of expertise that is needed to work in any single field. They work alongside other engineers to develop electrical, structural, computer software and propulsion systems. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Aeronautical Engineer responsibilities may include:

  • Perform theoretical and practical research.
  • Provide consultation and troubleshooting services.
  • Assemble and prepare aircraft for flight.
  • Write reports and manuals.
  • Assess budget and timelines with potential clients and supervisors.

 

SKILLS

Aeronautical Engineers are responsible for the design of an airplane. In order to design a solid aircraft that will safely transport passengers and cargo, a skilled Aeronautical Engineer will:

  • Have a keen eye for detail in order to ensure all aircraft is designed according to benchmark standards.
  • Communicate clearly with their team and clients as needed.
  • Be able to work long hours in mentally demanding environments.
  • Have an expert knowledge in both the theory and practical application of mechanics.
  • Have a strong commitment to approved safety standards.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Aeronautical Engineers are entrusted with the important task of designing aircraft that will safely transport passengers and cargo. As such, candidates are typically expected to have a Masters of Engineering at the bare minimum, although there are many Engineers who have Doctorates.

In addition, prior work experience either in an apprenticeship or as an intern is typically required. Candidates can expect to be thoroughly vetted and to commit to a lifetime of higher education as technology advances and the field expands.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  • Can you explain what you know about the testing done in aerospace engineering?

  • Have you ever had to create your own tool in MS Excel, CAD, etc. to solve a problem?

  • What are the main areas in aviation?

  • Have you ever had an issue with software that you couldn’t figure out yourself?

  • Are you able to work under strict deadlines and have an organized workspace?

  • What are the main objectives of Aerodynamics?

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