Aeronautical engineers apply the principle of science and technology
in work with highly sophisticated products such as aircrafts, missiles
and space satellites. They usually specialise in research, design
manufacture and production, or the management of maintenance programs
The usual qualifications for entry into this career is a degree.
However, it may be possible to enter with an HND or HNC.
Entry to a relevant engineering degree with:
* 2/3 A-levels with GCSEs (A-C) 2/3 in other subjects
* A relevant GCSE in a vocational subject or Intermediate GNVQ may
be acceptable as an alternative to academic GCSEs
* At A level, Maths and Physics are often preferred and may be
essential. Equivalent qualifications such as an Edexcel (BTEC) or
National Certificate or National Diploma or a Vocational A level
(Advanced GNVQ) may be acceptable, it may also b advisable to
check the prospectus.
1 A-level with 4 GCSEs (A-C). At A level, maths or physics is
preferred. Again, equivalent qualifications are usually acceptable.
Skills and Qualities necessary
* You must be able to combine an analytical, logical approach with
creativity and imaginations to solve problems
* Engineers must be able to work as part of a team. The ability to
encourage other peoples ideas is important, and you must aslope be
flexible and able to compromise. You will need strong
communication skills to write reports and to explain complex
engineering information to people from non-technical backgrounds.
* You will need organisational skills to plan your own time and to
co-ordinate resources. Willingness to take on responsibility and
to lead and motivate others is essential.
* Engineers must have good information skills because a lot of
engineering work involved computers
* You should be willing to keep up-to-date- with advances in
technology in this fast changing field
Range of duties
· Aeronautical engineers apply the principle of science and their
knowledge of aerodynamics, avionics and mechanical engineering to
research, design, construct and maintain all types of aircrafts,
missiles, radar and space vehicles.
· In research work, aeronautical engineers solve problems by finding
new or improved ways to do things. There are two main types of
research work: Blue Sky Research or Applied Research.
· Blue Sky Research is pure research, which usually takes place in a
controlled environment, for example, a university research centre.
· In Applied Research, aeronautical engineers use their knowledge to
solve a particular. They may be trying to improve safety, or reduce
fuel consumption, noise and air pollution. Aeronautical engineers may