Do you watch the historic launches of spacecrafts or the landings of Mars rovers and think to yourself, "I would love to be a part of that?"

Aerospace engineers are part of the project teams that make these kinds of missions successful!

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What Do Aerospace Engineers Do?

The career possibilities are endless! Aerospace engineering specializations include:

  • Aerodynamics

  • Spacecraft navigation

  • Thermodynamics

  • Aerospace materials

  • and more!

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Based on your area of interest, you could be:

  • Researching new technology and analyzing data to make airplanes and helicopters more efficient

  • Designing or manufacturing parts for satellites, planetary exploration devices or defense systems

  • Planning and designing space missions

Quiz

Which of these projects might aerospace engineers work on?

How Would You Contribute To Society?

Some applications of aerospace engineering include:

  • satellites for weather monitoring, navigation (GPS), telecommunication

  • space exploration

  • national defense and safety

  • airline travel

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Quiz

Which of the following are current applications of aerospace engineering?

Where Can You Work?

Aerospace engineers can find careers paths in different types of organizations. Here are some examples:

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Space Agencies

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • European Space Agency (ESA)

  • Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

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Aircraft Manufacturers

  • Airbus

  • Boeing

  • Bombardier

  • Embraer

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Private Aerospace Manufacturers

  • MDA

  • Lockheed Martin

  • SpaceX

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National Defense Agencies

  • National Air Force

Is This Career Path For You?

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Yes...

  • if you enjoy advanced math and science

  • if you are curious and like thinking outside the box (or this world!)

  • if you love problem solving and working with others towards a common goal

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Maybe not...

  • if calculus and physics weren't your favourite courses

  • if you like pre-established processes and systems

  • if you prefer solo projects

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Karishma Vaz

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