Aerospace engineers design and build aircraft and spacecraft

What does an aerospace engineer do?

Aerospace engineers design and build aircraft and spacecraft. It’s a very technical job requiring a high level of attention to detail, and you’ll need excellent numeracy and IT skills. There’s a range of different roles available to aerospace engineers, for example you could be designing parts of an aircraft, or building a space shuttle. As an aerospace engineer, you could work in:

  • research and development
  • testing
  • production and maintenance

What do I need to do to become an aerospace engineer?

You’ll need a degree in engineering or aerospace engineering to become an aerospace engineer. You’ll usually be expected to have an A level in maths as well. 

To get on to a relevant degree course, you usually need three A levels, including maths and or physics. You will also require five GCSEs A-C, including maths, English and science.

Check with universities for exact entry details, as level 3 vocational qualifications in engineering may also be accepted. 

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Analytics
  • Communication
  • IT
  • Numeracy
  • Problem solving

Vocational route

  • Level 3 vocational qualification in engineering may be accepted

Related subjects

  • Design technology
  • Maths
  • Physics

Essential qualifications

  • Engineering degree

Desirable qualifications

  • Engineering postgraduate degree
  • A level maths
  • A level physics

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You're likely to be working for a medium or large engineering and manufacturing company. 

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