Aerospace Engineer

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Aerospace engineers apply scientific and technological principles to the design, construction and maintenance of aircraft, missiles, weapons systems, satellites and space vehicles. They may be called aeronautical engineers.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for graduate entrants is usually around £22,000 to £28,000 a year. With experience this can rise up to £45,000 a year. Senior engineers can earn up to £65,000 or possibly more.


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Getting In

Many engineers in this field work for aircraft manufacturers, makers of components, airlines, the armed forces or the Ministry of Defence. Others use their knowledge of aerodynamics in the manufacture of motor vehicles, trains and hovercraft or in the design of satellites. Jobs are only available in certain areas of the UK, so you may have to move for work.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 50 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Twitter: @_EngineeringUK

Enginuity (formerly SEMTA)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
Twitter: @Enginuity_Org

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Tel: 020 7670 4326
Website (2):
Twitter: @AeroSociety

The Royal Aeronautical Society has a website called Careers in Aerospace which provides a wide range of information on careers in the aeronautical industry.

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