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Engineer - Aeronautical / Aerospace

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

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€30k > 55 
Engineer - Aeronautical
Salary Range
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€30 - 55 
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Typical salary range representing Graduate/Starting Salary to Senior level potential
Data Source(s):
SOLAS, Smart Futures

Last Updated: June, 2016

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Employed in the designing, testing and making of aircraft engines and other such aeronautical productions.


The Work header image

Aeronautical Engineers, also known as Aerospace Engineers, apply the principles of science and their knowledge of physics, aerodynamics, avionics and mechanical engineering to the research, design, construction and maintainence of all types of aircraft, helicopters, missiles, satellites and spacecraft.
  
An aircraft is the product of a whole team effort that brings together each individual engineer's skills and expertise. Some Aeronautical Engineers are office based; they specialise in developing new designs or improving existing ones. This work is largely mathematical and involves testing ideas using computer simulations. Design modification may be aimed at improving safety, or reducing fuel consumption, air or noise pollution. The Aeronautical engineer can specialise in areas such as navigational guidance, instrumentation and commercial and structural design.   
  
Other engineers are specialists in practical developments such as flight testing. They may suggest modifications based on their results, to improve safety or reduce fuel consumption and pollution. Aeronautical engineers must make sure that the aircraft they work on are safe, reliable and economical to build and operate. They need to resolve any issues which arise during design, development and testing.   
  
Aeronautical engineers often have supervisory or management responsibility for teams including other engineers and technicians. They participate in flight test programmes to measure take off distance, rate of climb, manoeuvrability and landing capacity.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Direct or coordinate activities of engineering or technical personnel involved in designing, fabricating, modifying, or testing of aircraft or aerospace products.

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Formulate conceptual design of aeronautical or aerospace products or systems to meet customer requirements.

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Plan or coordinate activities concerned with investigating and resolving customers' reports of technical problems with aircraft or aerospace vehicles.

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Plan or conduct experimental, environmental, operational, or stress tests on models or prototypes of aircraft or aerospace systems or equipment.

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Analyze project requests, proposals, or engineering data to determine feasibility, productibility, cost, or production time of aerospace or aeronautical products.

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Evaluate product data and design from inspections and reports for conformance to engineering principles, customer requirements, and quality standards.

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Maintain records of performance reports for future reference.

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Develop design criteria for aeronautical or aerospace products or systems, including testing methods, production costs, quality standards, and completion dates.

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Write technical reports or other documentation, such as handbooks or bulletins, for use by engineering staff, management, or customers.

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Review performance reports and documentation from customers and field engineers, and inspect malfunctioning or damaged products to determine problem.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment:  Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Physics:  Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Aeronautical Engineers love a challenge. They 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.

You must be able to combine an analytical, logical approach with creativity and imagination to solve problems. An aptitude for physics and maths is beneficial.   
  
Engineers must be able to work as part of a team. The ability to encourage other people's ideas is important, and you must also be flexible and able to compromise.

You will need strong communication skills to write reports and to explain complex engineering information to people from non-technical backgrounds.   
  
You will need organisational skills to plan your own time and to co-ordinate resources and to work to demanding deadlines. Willingness to take on responsibility and to lead and motivate others is essential.   
  
Engineers must have good information technology skills and an understanding of the business economics of the products and/or services that are being provided.   
  
You should be willing to keep up-to-date with advances in technology in this fast-changing field.


Entry Routesheader image

Entrants to this industry may hold a degree in a relevant discipline such as Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical or Electronic Engineering, while some will specifically have studied Aeronautical Engineering. There are nine universities and thirteen institutes of technology nationally, offering a wide range of engineering programmes [See course list on this page].

Aeronautical Engineering graduates can find work in:

  • The commercial aviation industry
  • Government defence forces
  • As flight crew in both commercial and defence aviation
  • With research institutes
  • With Space exploration centres

Employers of aeronautical engineering graduates include:

  • Aer Lingus
  • Aerospatiale
  • Airbus
  • The Air Corps
  • FLS Aerospace
  • Rolls Royce and
  • Ryanair to name but a few.

These can be accessed through the Directory of the Irish Aerospace Industry which is available from the Federation of Aerospace Enterprises in Ireland  - [Website details available below]. 

Last Updated: June, 2016


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Go..Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering - from:  Aer Lingus [Video]
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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Federation of Aerospace Enterprises in Ireland
  Address: Confederation House, 84 / 86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 605 1562
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Organisation: British Women Pilots' Association
  Address: Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN, UK
  Tel: +44 (0)20 87632922
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 665 1300
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Smart Futures
  Address: Discover Science & Engineering, Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin, 2
  Tel: (01) 607 3171
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Organisation: International Society for Automation (ISA)
  Address: 67 T.W. Alexander Drive PO Box 12277 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
  Tel:
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: STEPS - Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  Tel: (01) 665 1340
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

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