Whether you enjoy solving technical challenges or being creative and innovative, aerospace engineering opens up opportunities in a range of industries from automotive to finance and IT
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Aerospace engineer
- Maintenance engineer
- Manufacturing systems engineer
- Materials engineer
- Mechanical engineer
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Automotive engineer
- Control and instrumentation engineer
- Energy engineer
- Patent attorney
- Production manager
- Quality manager
- Technical sales engineer
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. If you haven't already done so, take a few minutes to answer the Job Match questions to find out what careers would suit you.
Employers value experience gained through industrial placements, summer placements or part-time work.
Industrial placements as part of your course will add valuable experience to your CV and may also lead to job openings as employers often see placements as an opportunity to identify future recruits. If industrial placements are not part of your course, look for summer placements with major engineering or manufacturing companies.
Work experience in any kind of role within manufacturing, maintenance or related settings, whether in the office, factory shop floor or laboratory, will help you understand the whole production process and develop skills such as designing, research or working in a team.
Joining relevant societies while at university also demonstrates your interest.
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The UK aerospace sector is well established and dominated by large multinationals that produce many diverse products and have locations across the world. Manufacturing 'hubs' are in the South West, North West, Midlands, Northern Ireland, Wales and the South East.
Apart from aircraft manufacturers, opportunities exist with regulators such as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the armed forces, government research agencies, airline companies, space programmes and suppliers of raw materials and parts to manufacturers.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a range of opportunities ranging from engineering to commercial and managerial roles within sales, finance and IT.
Skills for your CV
As well as developing specialist knowledge in areas including aerodynamics, stress engineering, materials and structures, and sustainable aircraft design, an aerospace degree allows you to obtain a range of skills including the ability to:
- work effectively in multinational teams;
- use creativity to establish innovative solutions;
- manage the design process and evaluate outcomes;
- develop economically viable, ethically sound and sustainable solutions;
- be numerate and computer literate;
- work accurately and with attention to detail;
- effectively communicate;
- show leadership and exercise responsibility;
- demonstrate project management skills;
- meet changing customer needs.
You can complete an MEng, which involves an integrated additional year of study, or undertake a separate Masters qualification after BEng level in a specialist subject field. Research through an MRes, MPhil or PhD is also possible.
As a new graduate employee, you may work towards Incorporated or Chartered status through the Engineering Council to achieve professional standards and you can be involved in further work-related education and training.
What do aerospace engineering graduates do?
Two-thirds of aerospace engineering graduates are in employment six months after graduation.
A fifth of those in employment are working as mechanical engineers, and a further fifth are working either as design and development engineers or other engineering professionals.
|Working and studying||4.6|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Engineering and building||43.3|
|Technicians and other professionals||13.1|
|Retail, catering and bar work||9.1|
|Business, HR and financial||8.7|
Find out what other engineering graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.