Have you ever wondered how a 500 ton aircraft flies? Or how we safely sent the Curiosity rover to Mars? An Aerospace Engineer could answer both of these questions, and many more. Humans have taken to the sky, landed on the moon and built vehicles that have travelled to other planets and gone beyond our solar system – and Aerospace Engineering has led the way.
What is Aerospace Engineering?
At the most simple level, an Aerospace Engineer designs and builds aeroplanes, helicopters, rockets and satellites. But that’s what we see from the outside.
Aerospace Engineers design propulsion engines, they create structural component systems, they improve crew and passenger accommodations and invent better life support systems. Underpinning this, they develop the tools and equipment used to build automotive, aircraft, marine and space vehicles. This branch of engineering focuses on the science and practice of air and space flight; the design, development, construction, testing and production of aircraft that operate in Earth’s atmosphere and spacecraft that operate outside it. Aerospace Engineers are involved in challenging and exciting work at the leading edge of technology.
Find out more about studying Aerospace Engineering at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW.