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    Aerospace engineers design, develop, and test aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles and supervise the manufacture of these products. Those who work with aircraft are called aeronautical engineers, and those working specifically with spacecraft are astronautical engineers. Aerospace engineers develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration, often specializing in areas such as structural design, guidance, navigation and control, instrumentation and communication, or production methods. They also may specialize in a particular type of aerospace product, such as commercial aircraft, military fighter jets, helicopters, spacecraft, or missiles and rockets, and may become experts in aerodynamics, thermodynamics, celestial mechanics, propulsion, acoustics, or guidance and control systems.

    Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.


  • Aerodynamics
  • Air traffic management
  • Airworthiness
  • Flight mechanics
  • Human factors
  • Instrumentation & testing
  • Maintenance
  • Propulsion
  • Standards
  • Structures & Materials
  • Systems
  • Visits to the web sites of universities, research and development institutions and associations will show that aerospace engineering field is not limited with the subjects listed above.