Aircraft Design Engineer

An aircraft design engineer is a type of aeronautical engineer who develops the basic design concept used in the production of aircraft. Aircraft design engineers formulate the conceptual design of an aircraft to meet customer requirements as well as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards.

Aircraft design engineers frequently use computer-assisted design (CAD) programs to help them plan and develop their aircraft designs. They are also responsible for conducting experimental environmental operational and stress tests on models and prototypes before the actual aircraft is built. There will be a large demand in the near future for aircraft design engineers as older airplanes are nearing the end of their useful lives and airline companies want newer models with more technological innovations and amenities.  Earn your degree as an aircraft design engineer.

In addition new and improved aircraft designs are necessary to combat the threat of climate change and increased delays at airports which are both caused by the fact that there are too many airplanes in the sky. Aircraft design engineers need at least a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering or in a related engineering field and should have a knowledge of mathematics computers and design principles. The average annual salary for an aircraft design engineer is about $96000 although this can range from $60000 to over $137000 depending on experience.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $98615
High Salary: $137730
Low Salary: $59500
Tasks: Analyzes project requests to determine feasibility, cost, and production time of aircraft design product.
Develops conceptual design of aircraft to meet customer requirements.
Runs experimental, environmental, operational and stress tests on models of aircraft systems and equipment.
Produces technical reports and handbooks for use by engineering staff, management, and customers.
Also Called: Aerospace Engineer
Flight Test Engineer
Aeronautical Engineer
Avionics Engineer
Additional Resources: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes172011.htm
http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/381/Aerospace-Engineer.html
http://online.onetcenter.org/link/summary/17-2011.00