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Engineer - Aeronautical

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Education
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Engineer - Aeronautical
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€30 -  
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Last Updated: March, 2011

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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 apply the principles of science and their knowledge of physics, aerodynamics, avionics and mechanical engineering to research, design, construct and maintain all types of aircraft, missiles, radar and space vehicles.   
  
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.

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.

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.


Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be interested in aviation. You must be able to combine an analytical, logical approach with creativity and imagination to solve problems. An aptitude for physics and maths would be 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.


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Go..   Aerodynamicist - from:  icould [UK] 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
  Email: info@faei.ie
  Url www.faei.ie
   

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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: mail@bwpa.co.uk
  Url www.bwpa.co.uk
   

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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 665 1300
  Email: info@engineers.ie
  Url www.engineersireland.ie
   

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Organisation: Smart Futures
  Address: Discover Science & Engineering, Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin, 2
  Tel: (01) 607 3171
  Email: info@science.ie
  Url www.smartfutures.ie
   

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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: info@isa.org
  Url www.isa.org
   


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