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Aerospace Engineers

Also called: Aerospace Engineer, Design Engineer, Flight Test Engineer, Systems Engineer

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Developmental Engineer, Aeronautical; Developmental Engineer, Astronautical; Developmental Engineer, Flight Test; Space Systems Operations; Space Systems Operations Apprentice; Space Systems Operations Craftsman; Space Systems Operations Helper; Space Systems Operations Journeyman; Space Systems Operations Superintendent

What they do:
Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
On the job, you would:
  • Formulate mathematical models or other methods of computer analysis to develop, evaluate, or modify design, according to customer engineering requirements.
  • Plan or conduct experimental, environmental, operational, or stress tests on models or prototypes of aircraft or aerospace systems or equipment.
  • Formulate conceptual design of aeronautical or aerospace products or systems to meet customer requirements or conform to environmental regulations.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Thermal Synthesizer System TSS
Development environment software
  • C
  • Digital Equipment Corporation DIGITAL Fortran 90
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Mathsoft Mathcad


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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