Aeronautical Engineer

Aerospace Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Aviation Systems Engineer, Fluid Dynamics Researcher, Computational Fluid Dynamicist

Aeronautical Engineers design, develop, test and oversee the building of aircraft, aircraft propulsion systems, airframes and control surfaces. When designing a new aircraft, engineers first define what the purpose of such a vehicle is to be. Based upon research that has already been done and the design parameters, aeronautical engineers then design the prototype or model section. They design the test procedures and then run the test using a small team of experts. The engineer then examines the results and generates a report that identifies whether the design should be continued as is, modified as per the results or completely redesigned. The research performed prior to the design as well as the design work is performed in an office building or aeronautical lab facility using sophisticated computer workstations and computer visualization tools. When models are tested they can be tested in a wind tunnel facility or "flown in a computer" using sophisticated computational fluid dynamics visualization software. Aeronautical engineers spend a lot of time researching information, working with complex equations, using computers and discussing possibilities with colleagues.

- Aerodynamics
- Aeronautics
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Aircraft structure and function
- Aircraft propulsion systems

- Genuine love of aviation, airplanes and flight
- Find it enjoyable to work out complex mathematical formulae
- Fascinated by how air flows around cars and airplanes
- Using mathematical equations to express a scientific idea is easily understood
- Solving problems using a computer
- Attention to detail

- Physics
- Aeronautics
- Chemistry
- Auto shop/engine repair
- Database software programs
- Mathematics: Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus
- English composition

- Minimum Bachelor's college degree in Aeronautics, Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Dynamics, Computer Science
- To perform research, Master's level to Ph.D. in Aeronautics, Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Dynamics
- Pilot's license is helpful

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