Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering comprises a wide range of skill sets and it’s vital to find the right person to fill any role your firm has. Aerospace engineering has come to encompass such a vast number of skills they are being broken down into sub sections. With each particular skill being a specialty, unto itself. Gone are the good old days when the term “engineer” was a catch all term. Rarely these days will you find a person at the top of multiple fields.

Aerospace engineering today is involved in design of aircraft, spacecraft, satellites and missiles. In addition, these engineers also test prototypes to make sure that they function according to plan. These professionals also design components and sub-assemblies for crafts; those parts include engines, air-frames, wings, landing gear, control systems and instruments. Additionally, engineers may perform or write the specifications for destructive and nondestructive testing for strength, functionality, reliability, and long-term durability of aircraft and parts.

Recent developments in aerospace engineering:

Many aerospace engineering innovations have made their way into our everyday lives. A great example of that is their use in automobile technology. Such as thermo-electric generators, which use heat to make electricity, and hydrogen fuel cells, which take hydrogen gas and mix it with oxygen to generate useful electricity, heat and water.

A team of engineers in something out of a Black Mirror episode developed an algorithm that converts brain waves into flight commands. The team hopes to make mind-controlled aircraft a reality. sky net appears to be right around the corner.

Researchers are deliberately setting fires on the International Space Station to study “cool-burning” flames, which they hope could lead to more-efficient car engines that contribute less pollution.

Aerospace Engineering Skill Set

Aerospace engineering requires in-depth skill and understanding of all those “geeky” subjects, trust me people aren’t making fun of them anymore. With knowledge in physics, mathematics, aerodynamics and materials science, these engineers are shaping the world.

These professionals also must be familiar with materials such as metal alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites. This allows aerospace engineers to accurately predict the performance and failure conditions of designs before they are even built.

aerospace-engineering-jet-engineMore and more, aerospace engineers rely on CAD (computer-aided design) systems. This provides them the ability easily draft and modify designs and 3D visualization of finished parts and assemblies. These computer simulations have become essential to aerospace engineering, for performing virtual testing. Items like engines, wings, control surfaces, and even complete aircraft and spacecraft can be “tested” before existing. This also allows them to test under any possible condition they might encounter in the real world.

Its no wonder someone focusing on producing a spacecraft might not have enough “free time” to also master missiles. This is where a professional retained search recruiter comes in, we do the legwork so you don’t have to. We focus on passive job seekers, simply put people that didn’t even know they were looking for a change. When your cutting edge project is presented to them, this is often more motivation than just throwing money at them. That means when you need someone working on your missile project, we’ve vetted them for you. Seeing a skill on a resume doesn’t provide enough info to determine if they are in fact a good fit.

Thanks for reading, talk to you again soon.

 

About Craig Hufford

Managing Partner | Retained Executive Search Consultant with 30+ years recruiting senior executives and functional leaders for Aerospace and Aviation in power electronics, motor drives / controls, aircraft electrical power, in-seat IFEC and CMS.

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