Aerospace Engineering

Join a thrilling profession in the midst of developing the next generation of flight vehicles.The Airbus A380, the Boeing 787 and the Rosetta space probe are just some of the astounding advances being led by aerospace engineers.

As an aerospace engineer, you will have the opportunity to tackle many of tomorrow’s global challenges.

What is aerospace engineering?

Aerospace engineering is an exciting field that involves the design, development, analysis, manufacture and maintenance of flight vehicles. It involves aerodynamics, aerostructures, avionics, propulsion, material science and computational simulation.

What do aerospace engineers do?

Aerospace engineers apply scientific and technological theories, concepts and equations to vehicles within the earth’s atmosphere and beyond. Activities include:

  • the use of wind tunnels for aerodynamic testing
  • computational modeling for predicting structural behaviour
  • materials and structural testing.

What you will study

An aerospace engineer typically studies:

  • Aerostructures: principles of structural mechanics and analytical techniques to ensure a vehicle’s structural integrity.
  • Aerodynamics: fluid motion around a body moving through the atmosphere at subsonic and hypersonic speeds.
  • Propulsion: basics of thrust generation by the application of aero/gas dynamics and thermodynamics.
  • Flight control: the analysis of flight, including techniques for vehicle guidance and stability, space vehicle trajectories and orbits.
  • Aerospace materials: advanced materials used on the airframe and in propulsion systems.
  • Aerospace design: preliminary design of the complete aircraft which emphasises systems integration.

Careers in aerospace engineering

When you graduate you are likely to work in one of these main areas:

  • Design and manufacturing
  • Research and development
  • Airworthiness operations.

You might join a large aerospace company or a general manufacturer that contracts to the aerospace industry. Or you might work at an airline or a government aerospace laboratory or research centre.

Aerospace engineers have transferrable skills and often find themselves in working in other industries such as for Formula One teams, management consulting or finance.

For more information please visit the department Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering website.