Aerospace engineers (NOC 2146)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Aerospace engineers:

  • research, design and develop aerospace vehicles, systems and components
  • perform duties related to aerospace testing, evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance
  • work for aircraft and spacecraft manufacturers, air transport carriers, and in government, educational and research institutions
Common job titles
  • aerospace reliability specialist
  • engineer, aerodynamics
  • engineer, aeronautical
  • engineer, aerospace - design & development
  • engineer, aerospace - flight test
  • engineer, aerospace - mass properties


Aerospace engineers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • design and develop aerospace vehicles, systems and components such as aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, satellites and space-based communication systems
  • develop and carry out computer simulations of aerospace vehicles, systems and components using advanced mathematical modelling
  • prepare specifications for materials and processes to be used in aerospace manufacturing, maintenance, repair or modification
  • oversee and coordinate the manufacturing, assembly modification, repair and overhaul of aircraft and spacecraft
  • coordinate 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

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or school.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is considerable mobility between aerospace engineering specializations at the less senior levels. Engineers also often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience, which may allow them to practise in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.

Additional resources

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