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Aeronautical engineers may do some or all of the following

  • study aircraft defects and recommend repairs or modifications
  • design equipment or tools to repair or maintain aircraft
  • create instructions on how to use, maintain and calibrate (adjust to measure accurately) this equipment
  • discuss designs and data with colleagues, aircraft engineering tradespeople, aircraft manufacturers, and airline owners
  • make detailed records of drawings, technical instructions, assessments, and calculations
  • oversee the design of new aircraft or modifications to existing aircraft
  • give technical and regulatory advice to professionals in the aerospace industry.

Aeronautical engineers need to have

  • knowledge of aircraft structures and engine systems
  • a good understanding of aerodynamics (how aircraft fly) and thermodynamics (the effects of heat on aircraft)
  • knowledge of design techniques and engineering principles
  • an understanding of mechanical processes and the metals and alloys used in aircraft
  • knowledge of civil aviation laws and regulations
  • the ability to explain complicated ideas in simple language for report writing or to express design plans to aircraft engineers and technicians
  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • decision-making skills
  • mathematical and computer-aided design (CAD) skills.

Aeronautical engineers need to be

  • confident
  • adaptable and creative
  • practical and accurate
  • able to work well under pressure.
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