21390 – Aerospace engineers



21390 – Aerospace engineers
Aerospace engineers research, design and develop aerospace vehicles, aerospace systems and their components, and perform duties related to their testing, evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance. They are employed by aircraft and spacecraft manufacturers, air transport carriers, and in government and educational and research institutions.



Index of titles
Aerodynamics engineer
Aeronautical engineer
Aeronautical project engineer
Aerospace engineer
Aerospace engineer - design and development
Aerospace engineer - flight operations
Aerospace engineer - flight support
Aerospace engineer - flight test
Aerospace engineer - mass properties
Aerospace engineer - material stress
Aerospace engineer - materials and processes
Aerospace engineer - propulsion systems
Aerospace engineer - systems
Aerospace engineer - systems analysis
Aerospace engineer - weight and balance
Aerospace engineering officer - Canadian armed forces
Aerospace reliability specialist
Aerospace structural engineer
Aerospace systems engineer
Aerospace test engineer
Aircraft design engineer
Engineer weight analyst - aircraft design
Propulsion engineer - aerospace vehicles
Space reliability specialist
Stress engineer - aerospace
Structures aerospace engineer
Weight and balance engineer - aerospace


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Design and develop aerospace vehicles, systems and components such as aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, satellites and space-based communication systems
Develop and conduct computer simulations of aerospace vehicles, systems and components using advanced mathematical modelling
Prepare specifications for materials and processes to be used in aerospace manufacturing, maintenance, repair or modification
Supervise and coordinate the manufacturing, assembly, modification, repair and overhaul of aircraft and spacecraft
Coordinate ground and flight tests of air and spacecraft
Develop operational specifications, maintenance schedules and manuals for operators
Develop the technical phases of logistical and operational support for aerospace vehicles and systems
Investigate and report on structural or other component or system failures, accidents or incidents and prepare recommendations for corrective action.


Employment requirements
A bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering or in a related engineering discipline, such as mechanical engineering or engineering physics, is required.
A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.
Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.


Additional information
Aerospace engineers work closely with other scientists and engineers and mobility is possible between some fields of specialization.
Engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practise in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.
Supervisory and senior positions in this unit group require experience.
There is considerable mobility between aerospace engineering specializations at the less senior levels.


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