Those mag­nif­i­cent fly­ing ma­chines

Rutherglen Reformer - - Scot Careers - Re­cruit­ment

Do you fancy a ca­reer as an aero­space en­gi­neer?

Could a life work­ing with aero­planes be one that in­ter­ests you? • Elec­tri­cal or elec­tronic en­gi­neer­ing Me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ing or prod­uct en­gi­neer­ing Physics or ap­plied physics Soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing or math­e­mat­ics You could also start as an aero­space en­gi­neer­ing tech­ni­cian ap­pren­tice with an air­line op­er­a­tor, air­line man­u­fac­turer or en­gi­neer­ing com­pany.

You would then con­tinue your train­ing up to de­gree level.

You’ll usu­ally start on a com­pany’s train­ing scheme, and work to­wards your en­gi­neer­ing • • • • li­cence, known as a Part 66, and is­sued by the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (CAA). • • • Ex­cel­lent maths abil­ity Prob­lem solv­ing skills IT skills in­clud­ing com­puter aided de­sign or man­u­fac­tur­ing (CAD or CAM) Project man­age­ment and bud­get­ing skills Tech­ni­cal skills You’ll research, de­velop, build and main­tain air­craft or their sys­tems. • • • • • • • • De­vel­op­ing nav­i­ga­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tions or weapons sys­tems Re­search­ing ways to make fuel-ef­fi­cient parts, such as wings, fuse­lage and en­gines Us­ing CAD soft­ware for de­sign Test­ing pro­to­types Col­lect­ing and analysing test data Plan­ning and su­per­vis­ing the fit­ting of air­craft and com­po­nents Sign­ing off projects un­der strict in­dus­try reg­u­la­tions Schedul­ing and su­per­vis­ing main­te­nance You may also have to es­ti­mate project costs and timescales, write tech­ni­cal re­ports and man­u­als, and give pre­sen­ta­tions.

You can ex­pect to earn from £20,000 to £26,000; ex­pe­ri­enced ranges from £28,000 to £40,000 and highly ex­pe­ri­enced earn £45,000 to £60,000.

You’ll usu­ally work 37 to 40 hours a week in an of­fice or factory. You may travel to in­spect or test air­craft at dif­fer­ent sites.

With ex­pe­ri­ence, you could spe­cialise in a par­tic­u­lar field like: • Aero­dy­nam­ics • Fuel ef­fi­ciency • Space tech­nol­ogy • in­ves­ti­gat­ing air ac­ci­dents

You could also move up to be­come a project man­ager or con­sul­tant aero­space en­gi­neer. • • • • • • Aero­space en­gi­neer­ing tech­ni­cian Air­line pilot As­tronomer Elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer

Spe­cialise There’s plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to move into a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent fields

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