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Aerospace engineering is a general term to describe two fields: aeronautics and astronautics. Aeronautics is the design of aircraft that operate in earth's atmosphere, such as planes and helicopters.

Astronautics describes the design of spacecraft that travel beyond earth's atmosphere, such as space shuttles and rovers. Though you can choose to study aerospace engineering, many aerospace engineers specialize in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering.

what aerospace angineer jobs entail

As an aerospace engineer, you will work full-time for a company that manufactures, repairs or designs aircraft equipment or technology. You will most likely work in a casual, industrial setting. You may wear a uniform or your own clothes. You may work in an office, a production facility, or aircraft hangars, or a combination of all three, depending on your job requirements.

average aerospace engineer salaries

Aerospace engineer salaries fall into a wide range, depending on your employer and the projects you're working on. Most aerospace engineer jobs command a starting salary in the $60,000 range or higher. As with many fields, the level of skill and experience you bring to your position has a direct correlation to your earnings.

With a handful of years experience, you should see your salary climb significantly. The average aerospace engineer salary in Canada is around $70,000, though skilled individuals can make as high as six figures.

your day to day tasks

As an aerospace engineer, your duties will vary from day to day. No two workdays will be the same. Some of your responsibilities as an aerospace engineer could include:

  • designing or improving avionic systems
  • improving fuel-efficiency in aerospace components
  • creating or testing aerospace prototypes
  • collecting and analyzing test data
  • writing reports or technical manuals
  • training other aerospace professionals
The above tasks will apply to most aerospace engineer jobs. However, you may opt to focus on a niche in the aerospace engineering field, in which case your tasks will be much more focused.

where you can work

The bulk of aerospace engineering jobs are found in design, manufacturing, and production. Some common fields under the aerospace engineering umbrella include navigation systems, thermodynamics, propulsion and structural design, and controls.

Depending on your education and experience the types of jobs you're qualified may vary. For instance, many aerospace engineers have a background in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering, meaning they are qualified for a variety of other engineering-related jobs, but choose to specialize in the aerospace sector.

what you bring to the table

To thrive in an aerospace engineer job, you need to excel at mathematics and have a strong grasp of engineering principles. You're detail-oriented and fascinated by machines and how they work. You're driven to innovate and create. You also work well in a team setting, collaborating with other professionals.

You're an expert at using software like CAD and CAM. It's critical that you keep up with the latest developments and technology. In most aerospace engineering jobs, your employer pays for your ongoing training.

training and certifications

Aerospace engineers need an undergraduate degree in science or engineering. Some of the most common degrees held by aerospace engineers include aeronautical engineering, avionics, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, physics, and mathematics. Depending on the field you choose to specialize in, you may also be required to obtain a Master’s or PhD to advance your career.

Engineering is a regulated profession in Canada, so you'll need to obtain your license to be employable. In most provinces and territories, the certification is a P.Eng (Professional Engineer) and requires you to complete a relevant degree, several years of professional practice, and pass an exit exam.

where your career is headed

As long as there are planes in the sky and shuttles being launched into space, your skills as an aerospace engineer will be needed. That said, the aerospace engineering field isn't expected to grow in Canada over the coming years.

In terms of advancement, aerospace engineering jobs can lead to supervisory and management roles in the field. Furthering your education with an MBA or other business or management coursework can give you an edge when it comes time for a promotion.

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