Angela, Organization/City asked Summer Wagner, NASA Johnson Space Center - JETS Contract

AddedFriday, May 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM

What do you do as an aeronautical engineer?
I am looking at going back to school for engineering. I just do not know what type I want to go for. As an aeronautical or astronautical engineer what is it that you do on a day to day basis?
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  • Zahra Khan , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Answered Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM
    Angela,
    
    Aerospace engineers usually work in designing aircraft or spacecraft and related systems. 
    
    On a day to day basis, it really depends on a particular job.
    Some work in hands-on jobs that involve setting up experiments and testing different components. Some work in design which involves a lot of creative thinking and doing lots of analysis, running simulations etc.
    Others, like myself, work in areas such as space system engineering, which is a discipline that ties all the different parts of a space system together. So I spend a lot of time writing requirements, talking to people working on different aspects of the project.