Aeronautical Engineering

What is Aeronautical engineering?

Aeronautical engineering is about how aircraft are designed, constructed and powered, how they are used and how they are controlled for safe operation. Aeronautics is the science behind the design of vehicles and structures that interact with air, with application to aircraft and other flight vehicles, motorsports, and energy.

Aeronautical engineers produce specifications for the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and modification of military and civil aircraft, aeronautical components and associated systems.

How much does an aeronautical engineer earn in the UK?

Aeronautical Engineer Salary.

The average pay for an Aeronautical Engineer is £31,849 per year. A skill in Aerospace is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years’ experience in this field.

There are many different fields within Aeronautical Engineering so the above is an average pay.

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What to expect from aeronautical engineering degrees?

You’ll usually find aeronautical engineering degrees referred to as a BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) and MEng (Masters in Engineering). Aeronautical engineering degrees at the undergraduate level usually last three or four years, but many institutions allow students to progress directly into a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering, extending the course length by an additional year or two.

Teaching is primarily lecture-based, with students also completing coursework and laboratory exercises, attending tutorials and participating in field trips. Group work and group design work may be an element, with independent study expected in all degree programs, and assessment divided between examinations and coursework projects. Depending on your chosen institution’s facilities, you may be able to attend lectures given by experts in the aerospace industry, and even experience rides in a flight simulator.

What do you have to do to be an aerospace engineer?

Entry-level aerospace engineers usually need a bachelor’s degree. High school students interested in studying aerospace engineering should take courses in chemistry, physics, and math, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

What are the types of aerospace engineer?

  • aerodynamics;
  • avionics;
  • materials and structures;
  • propulsion;
  • systems integration.

What jobs are available after you Graduate?

  • Simulation and Analytics Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Vehicle Dynamics Engineer
  • Graduate Trainee Engineer
  • Aircraft Performance Engineer
  • And any more

Typical employers of aeronautical engineers

  • Aerospace and aero-engine companies
  • Airline operators
  • Research and development organisations
  • Contract agencies
  • Consultancies
  • The Civil Service
  • The armed forces
  • The Ministry of Defence
  • Universities

How much does a course cost?

Home and EU students

2017 ENTRY: on average £9,250 per year

The UK government has confirmed that universities that have achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award – will, under the first year of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), be able to raise their fees in 2017. The rise is an inflationary amount of 2.8% to a maximum of £9,250. The measure of inflation used is RPI-X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). You should expect the fee to increase beyond 2017 for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.

The UK government has also confirmed that EU students starting or continuing their studies in the 2017–18 academic year will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition fees for the duration of their course. EU students will also remain eligible for the same government funding support as they are now, including the Tuition Fee Loan. This access to government funding will continue throughout your course, even if the UK exits the EU during this time.

Islands and overseas students

2017 ENTRY: on average £27,750 per year. Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation. Home and EU students (with the exception of Graduate Medicine students) can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of their fees each year. Home students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs.

Qualifications and training required

Engineering employers typically seek graduates with an MEng in a relevant engineering discipline such as aerospace, electronics, mechanical, software and materials. Relevant work experience is widely valued. Summer internships and industrial placements are often used by employers to find graduate recruits. Postgraduate study can be advantageous: graduates with postgraduate research qualifications may earn higher starting salaries.

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