An aeronautical engineer applies scientific and technological principles to research, design, maintain, test and develop the performance of civil and military aircraft, missiles, weapons systems, satellites and space vehicles.
Typical work activities include:
- Investigate the use of new materials or improve the existing materials used.
- Apply the principles of science and technology to the creative design of aircraft components and support equipment. Supervise the assembly of airframes and the installation of engines, instruments and other equipment.
- Participate in flight test programmes to measure take-off distances, rate of climb, stall speeds, manoeuvrability and landing capacities.
- Resolve issues that arise during the design, development and testing processes.
- Investigate aircraft accidents.
- Work with teams, suppliers, clients and managers to agree budgets, timescales and specifications.