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You can make it fly!
Aerospace engineers design and test nearly all vehicles that fly, e.g. aircrafts, space crafts, satellites, and missiles to ensure functionality. At the cutting edge of aerial technology, many engine and design specifications from aerospace engineers often lead to advancements in other technologies like automotive and even consumer goods. They spend most of their time in an office setting using computer-aided design (CAD) programs or in testing facilities where they run highly sophisticated simulations and perfect prototypes.
The field of aerospace engineering in the Gulf Coast Region is expected to grow by 16 percent by 2024!
Entry-level aerospace engineers earn more than DOUBLE the region's average annual wage for all occupations!
What does it take to be an aerospace engineer?*
These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career in civil engineering. The following data describes the relative importance of each knowledge/skill area from the opinion of those in the industry.
Engineering & Technology
Knowledge and interests in practical applications of engineering sciences to apply to the production of aerodynamic construction.
Knowing arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and their theories to apply them to real world problems
Interest in and knowledge of the techniques and tools used for precision drawings, blueprints, and models.
Knowing and being able to predict physical laws and relationships to understand various dynamic structures and processes
Computers & Electronics
Knowing circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, computer hardware, and software to connect to an aerospace technology
*Source: Texas Career Check.
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High School Endorsement: STEM
The minimum requirement to be an aerospace engineer is to have a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering or another science related to aerospace systems that has been approved by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). A graduate degree, though, assures that the engineer can work in a university as well as research and design in the future so keep an eye out for any 5-year degree plans that will earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree.
For higher levels of occupational independence in the future, chemical engineers can obtain a Professional Engineer (PE) license. The following must be obtained to get a PE license from the State Board of Professional Engineers:
- a bachelor's degree from a program approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
- four years of experience working under a licensed Professional Engineer
- pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination
Depending on the specialization, aerospace engineers have possible certifications that can be applied for through SpaceTEC to demonstrate advanced skills and experience in the industry.
Useful Tech for a Head Start
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software: Autodesk AutoCAD; Dassault Systemes CATIA; PTC Creo Parametric
- Graphics/Photo Imaging Software: Adobe Fireworks;
- Map Creation Software (GIS): ESRI ArcGIS software; ESRI ArcView
- Project Management: Cost estimating software; Microsoft Project; Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
Aerospace Engineering Programs and Opportunities available in or surrounding the region
- Texas A&M University
- University of Houston
- University of Texas - Austin
- University of Texas - Arlington
- Orbital ATK
- Lockheed Martin
- US NAVY
- UTC Aerospace Systems
- MRI Technologies
- Barrios Technology
- Rockwell Collins
- The Aerospace Corporation
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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.