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Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineers develop extraordinary machines, from airplanes that weigh over half a million pounds to spacecraft that travel over 17,000 miles an hour. They design, develop and test aircraft, missiles and oversee manufacturing. They are usually categorized as either aeronautical engineers, who work with aircraft, or astronautical engineers, who work with spacecraft.

Aerospace engineers specialize in areas such as structural design, propulsion, guidance, navigation and control, instrumentation and communication or product methods. They develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems and space exploration. Aerospace engineers may be skilled in areas such as aerodynamics, thermodynamics, celestial mechanics, propulsion, acoustics or guidance and control systems.

Career Opportunities

  • Analytical Engineer
  • Computer Fluid Dynamics Engineer
  • Cost Analysis Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Flight Test Engineer
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Marketing
  • Materials and Processes Engineer
  • Systems Software Engineer

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Hiring Institutions

Personal Attributes

Career Paths of Recent Graduates

Related Websites

Job Listings:

National Index of Engineering Jobs and Resources
Engineering Central
Just Engineers
NationJob Network
Biotech Jobs
OK Job Match

Career Planning:

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Organizations and Associations:

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Society of Women Engineers
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
American Indian Science & Engineering Society
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Society of American Military Engineers


Aerospace Engineering at the University of Oklahoma