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Aerospace Engineers

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

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Aerodynamics Engineering Officer; Aeronautical Engineering Officer, Aircraft Mechanical, Electronic, Electrical and Safety Equipment; Aircraft Test Engineer; Aviation Maintenance Engineering Officer; Aviation Maintenance Management Engineer; RL - Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer - Aerospace Engineering; RL - Engineering Duty Officer - Ship Engineering; Space Projects Technologist; Type Aircraft Design and Development Officer; URL - Aviation Warfare Officer, Pilot; URL - Aviation, Rating Terminated

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:
  • Direct or coordinate activities of engineering or technical personnel involved in designing, fabricating, modifying, or testing of aircraft or aerospace products.
  • Formulate conceptual design of aeronautical or aerospace products or systems to meet customer requirements.
  • Plan or coordinate activities concerned with investigating and resolving customers' reports of technical problems with aircraft or aerospace vehicles.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • physics
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
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
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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
  • Innovation
  • Persistence
  • Initiative


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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