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AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

Aerospace engineers use scientific principles as well as engineering concepts and practices to design, build, test, and operate aerospace, aviation and aeronautical systems and vehicles. They are involved with the design, development, and production of vehicles for flight both in and beyond the atmosphere. Aerospace engineers apply their knowledge of aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, dynamics, control, and performance to a wide variety of challenges.

Auburn Department of Aerospace Engineering
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SAMPLE JOB TITLES

Missile Systems Engineer
Minimum Education: B.A.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $54K - $79K
Average Entry Level Salary: $74K

Aerodynamics Engineer
Minimum Education: B.A.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $51K - $79K
Average Entry Level Salary: $72K

Project Engineer
Minimum Education: B.A.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $54K – 96K
Average Entry Level Salary: $68K

Salary ranges and averages refer to entry level roles in the United States provided by Glassdoor.com and PayScale.com.

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PRO TIP: Click on the filters button. Rather than searching a specific job title, consider keeping your search broad by making filter selections in the "Employer Industry" or “Job Function” categories.

For example - Employer Industries: Aerospace, Automotive, Computer Networking, Defense, Electronic and Computer Hardware, Government - Local, State, Federal, Manufacturing, Technical Consulting, Transportation

For example - Job Functions: Military and Protective Services, Operations / Production, Product / Project Management, Quality Assurance, Engineering: Civil / Mechanical / Other, Consulting, Research

RECRUITING COMPANIES

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Boeing
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Dynetics, Inc
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • GE Aviation
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Gulfstream Aerospace
  • Honeywell
  • Lockheed Martin
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon
  • Redstone Arsenal
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation and Missile Center

This list is a sampling of companies, not reflective of all organizations who recruit AU Aerospace Engineers.

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

STUDENT TEAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • AIAA Design Build and Fly
  • Auburn University Rocket Association (AURA)
  • Auburn University Small Satellite Program (AUSSP)
  • Sigma Gamma Tau National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society

ALUMNI

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Your Career Roadmap

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Develop key Career Readiness skills
  • Join AIAA and/or other professional student organizations related to your interests
  • Get to know alumni and professionals in your area of career interest
  • Attend the Engineering and Technology Career Fair and/or the Graduate and Professional School Fair
  • Gain experience through internships, co-op, volunteer opportunities, and/or part-time jobs
  • Gain research experience by working on faculty projects or as a student employee