Tuesday, 23rd April 2019


Aeronautical engineers, or aerospace engineers, research and develop civil and military aircraft and related aviation technology. Their work covers anything to do with fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, space vehicles, weapons and missiles, flight simulators and aircraft instruments. Ultimately, the aim of aeronautical engineers is to make air travel safer, cheaper and cleaner.

Aeronautical engineers will work in all aspects of aircraft development, which can be divided into the following three sections:

  • Research and development
  • Testing and production
  • Maintenance

Duties vary depending on which area engineers specialise in, but work is usually geared towards improving flight safety, fuel efficiency, speed and weight, whilst trying to reduce system costs and meeting customer demand. General tasks might include the following:

  • Evaluating design requirements of employers
  • Agreeing on budgets and time-scales with clients
  • Project management
  • Researching
  • Producing designs and test procedures
  • Supervising the implementation of new designs and procedures
  • Measuring and testing performance of aircraft, components and systems
  • Evaluating changes and improvements made
  • Writing reports
  • Providing technical advice to others
  • Analysing and interpreting data
  • Helping to install new equipment and teaching others how to use it

It is a highly skilled role and requires confidence in using technology and machinery, as well as being able to conduct sound research and testing of products. Aeronautical engineers may require skills in certain design software such as CAD. With the constant development of technology, aeronautical engineers are likely to require frequent training, attending conferences or workshops around the country and abroad.

The UK aerospace industry is well respected offering many skilled jobs for a variety of employers such as airlines, aerospace companies, The Armed Forces and research and development organisations.