Aerospace engineers build machines that can fly.
Aerospace engineers design and test a variety of aerospace products, including commercial and military airplanes and helicopters; remotely piloted aircraft and rotorcraft; spacecraft, including launch vehicles and satellites; military missiles and rockets; and space-based communication systems.
Aerospace engineers will review proposals for projects to determine if they are technically and financially feasible and whether they will result in safe aircraft and systems. They will direct and coordinate the design, manufacture, and testing of aircraft and aerospace products, and develop and conduct simulations of these using advanced mathematical modelling. They will prepare specifications for the materials and processes that are to be used in the manufacturing of these products and systems and will supervise and coordinate the manufacturing, assembly, modification, and repair of aircraft and spacecraft, insuring that they meet quality standards.