Aerospace engineers perform many tasks including:
- research, design and develop aerospace vehicles, aerospace systems and their components.
- perform duties related to testing, evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance.
- design and develop aerospace vehicles, systems and components such as aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, satellites and space-based communication systems.
- develop and conduct computer simulations of aerospace vehicles, systems and components using advanced mathematical modeling.
- prepare specifications for materials and processes to be used in aerospace manufacturing, maintenance, repair or modification.
- supervise and co-ordinate the manufacturing, assembly modification, repair and overhaul of aircraft and spacecraft.
- co-ordinate ground and flight tests of air and spacecraft.
- develop operational specifications, maintenance schedules and manuals for operators.
- develop the technical phases of logistical and operational support for aerospace vehicles and systems.
- investigate and report on structural or other component or system failures, accidents or incidents and prepare recommendations for corrective action
There is considerable mobility between aerospace engineering specializations at the less senior levels. Engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practice in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management. Aerospace engineers work closely with other scientists and engineers and mobility is possible between some fields of specialization.