Aerospace engineering

Your qualification will be a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours)

Join a thrilling profession in the midst of developing the next generation of flight vehicles. The Airbus A380, A350, A400M and the Boeing 787 are just some of the astounding advances being led by aerospace engineers.

Aerospace engineering is concerned with the design, development and maintenance of flight vehicles. It involves aerodynamics, aerostructures, avionics, propulsion, material science and computational simulation.

As an aerospace engineer, you will have the opportunity to tackle many of tomorrow's global challenges. You may be involved in the creation of a more environmentally friendly passenger aircraft, or even help to build a vehicle capable of exploring our solar system and beyond.

Aerospace engineers apply scientific and technological theories, concepts and equations to vehicles designed to operate within the earth's atmosphere and in space.

Activities include the use of wind tunnels for aerodynamic testing, computational modelling for predicting structural behaviour and materials and structural testing.

But aerospace engineering reaches beyond traditional aerospace applications. For example, you might work in automobiles, energy production and conservation, lightweight materials or new manufacturing techniques.

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.

Formula One teams also employ many aerospace engineers. Aerospace engineering might also lead you to a role in management consulting or finance.

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