How to become an aerospace engineer

Launch into the design and development of aircraft and spacecraft.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete an undergraduate degree in engineering with a major in aeronautical or aerospace engineering.
  2. Are you already an aerospace engineer? Seek out further learning by applying for internships, placements or special programs. Not only will you build industry experience, you'll also get to network with leaders and mentors in the field.
  3. Stay on-top of industry developments and opportunities with industry organisations like Engineers Australia.

What does an aerospace engineer do?

Aeronautical Engineers perform and supervise engineering work concerned with the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and modification of aircraft for flight.

Duties and tasks

  • Designs aircraft, componentry and support equipment.
  • Consults with aero-engine specialists to co-ordinate design of aircraft.
  • Carries out surveys of airframes and equipment and checks for structural faults using laboratory or flight conditions.
  • Ensures that aircraft are capable of meeting operational conditions by examining characteristics and evaluating flight tests.

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