The History Of Aerospace Engineering

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Aerospace Engineering “That’s one small step for man…” -Neil Armstrong. Mankind has always been fascinated with space and the idea of flying and that is exactly what Aerospace is the study of. This includes all of the space missions done across the world they were all lead by an Aerospace engineer. Aerospace Engineering has unofficially been around since mankind began making attempts at flying, the Wright brothers would technically be engineers. Aerospace Engineering is a specialized route of Mechanical Engineering which focuses upon flying objects within the atmosphere and outside the atmosphere. An Aerospace Engineer’s workload requires one to follow a specific design process and apply it to the world of aerospace, this way of thinking requires…show more content…
Aerospace is the accumulation of many fields brought together with the sole purpose of flight. There are two main paths of aerospace and here the Bureau of Labor Statistics describes it perfectly “ Aeronautical engineers work with aircraft. They are involved primarily in designing aircraft and propulsion systems and in studying the aerodynamic performance of aircraft and construction materials. They work with the theory, technology, and practice of flight within the Earth’s atmosphere. Astronautical engineers work with the science and technology of spacecraft and how they perform inside and outside the Earth’s atmosphere. This includes work on small satellites such as cubesats, and traditional large satellites. “ (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). To simplify Aeronautical deals with planes and Astronautical deals with space projects. There is a great deal of work and creativity involved with Aerospace Engineering and for this reason they usually go through a specialized degree and get paid…show more content…
A person aspiring to be an Aerospace Engineer will need a bachelors degree but can either specialize in Aerospace Engineering offered by some schools or go through a related field of Engineering. If one wishes to specialise the best school to go to according to the Best College Ratings (Compass) would be Massachusetts Institute of Technology, However that would run you $50,000 which is why many do not go that route. Many will go into Mechanical Engineering ,the broadest degree, and this will allow them to switch to something later in life if they lose drive for Aerospace. Now this may seem like a lot of money investment but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average pay is a whopping $109,650 while 10% make $160,290 and beyond (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Now you must be thinking this is cool and all but could I even find a job in this field? And yet again we are referring to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this job field is projected to grow 6% from 2016-2026 increasing the amount of jobs by 4200 ,from 69,600 to 73,800 ,which is an average growth rate (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). there are also a variety of companies to work for so you won’t get stuck somewhere that is not

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