Aerospace engineers (NOC 2146)

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 - propulsion systems
  • engineer, aerospace - structures
  • engineer, aerospace - systems analysis
  • aerospace reliability specialist
  • engineer, aerodynamics
  • engineer, aeronautical
  • engineer, aerospace - design & development
  • engineer, aerospace - flight test
  • engineer, aerospace - mass properties

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$77,501

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

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Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

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.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering or in a related engineering discipline, such as mechanical engineering or engineering physics, is required.
  • A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.

Skills

  • Spatial Perception
  • Innovative
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

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Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
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Kootenay
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Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
280
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1.1%
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100
North Coast & Nechako
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Northeast
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Thompson-Okanagan
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Vancouver Island / Coast
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Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

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

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.