How to become a Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace engineers perform and supervise the design, development, manufacture and maintenance work of all types of flight vehicles. This may include military and civilian aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, launch vehicles, spacecraft, satellites, and control and guidance systems.

Personal requirements of a Aerospace Engineer

  • Enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • Analytical and problem-solving ability
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Practical and creative ability
  • Able to work without supervision and accept responsibility
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Normal colour vision may be required

Education & Training for a Aerospace Engineer

To become an aerospace engineer you usually have to complete an engineering degree at university with a major in aeronautical or aerospace engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in engineering with a major in aeronautical or aerospace engineering and have different prerequisites. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,416

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.1%

NSW 30.5%

NT 0.5%

QLD 22.7%

SA 11.4%

TAS 0%

VIC 23.2%

WA 9.6%

Hours worked:

39.7

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 93.6%

Female 6.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 71.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 28.3%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 48.3%

Above 35 years: 50.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Students who have completed at least one year of an approved university course in engineering lasting three or four years may apply to join the Undergraduate Scheme in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) or Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Those studying courses five or six years in length must have completed at least two years of study. If accepted, students may choose to finish their degree at their chosen institution or join the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their website for more details.
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