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Aeronautical engineers design, make and test anything that travels through the air – from rockets to drones.

Aeronautical engineers, also known as aerospace engineers, apply their knowledge of physics, aerodynamics and mechanics to design and build airplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites and spacecraft. 

Team work is essential to the production of any aircraft, and each engineer works on their specialist area – from design of a new craft, to flight testing, to maintenance of navigation systems.

Some aeronautical engineers are based in the office, using maths and computer simulations to develop or improve a design; others work in the field on testing or maintenance of craft.

Aeronautical engineers use their problem-solving skills to…

  • Create new methods of transport to keep up with growing demand.
  • Improve the safety, speed and efficiency of air travel, while reducing air and noise pollution.
  • Develop new kinds of rockets for space exploration and travel.
  • Improve the design and safety of military aircraft, while reducing fuel consumption.
  • Enhance navigation, control and communications systems for pilots.
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An engineering qualification offers a chance to do interesting work with interesting people, enhance people's lives, and explore almost unlimited career opportunities.