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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.

COURSE SELECTION

Freshman

  • Familiarize yourself with engineering requirements and explore interest areas
  • Complete pre-engineering courses

Sophomore

  • Maintain a strong GPA, seek academic support early and often
  • Continue to meet every semester with student services coordinator. Discuss future elective options
  • Complete gateway courses
  • Consider adding a minor

Junior

  • Continue to meet every semester with student services coordinator. Discuss future elective options
  • Conclude Co-Op rotation if applicable
  • Complete gateway courses

Senior

  • Complete major courses and electives
  • Schedule Graduation Credit Check with ESS advisor one semester prior to graduation
  • Register for the graduation list, UNIV 4AAO EN1, for your final semester

ASK FOR ASSISTANCE

Freshman

  • Meet with your student services coordinator each semester to discuss class schedule and academic plan
  • Check out free ESS tutoring, study partners, and academic coaching
  • Visit the Engineering CDCR to discuss majors of interest and begin career planning

Sophomore

  • Academic Support provides several free resources to improve performance including Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction, and academic coaching
  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to help you build a resume, learn about internships, and complete your Handshake profile

Junior

  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to explore companies, update your resume, and gain customized career assistance

Senior

  • Meet with Student Services Coordinator and Graduate Program Officer to learn about graduate school opportunities
  • Schedule time in the Engineering CDCR for assistance with strategies for your full-time job search

GAIN EXPERIENCE

Freshman

  • Identify someone in a professional position of interest to you. Conduct an informational interview with them to learn about what they do
  • Look for job shadowing opportunities in your areas of interest
  • Explore the Co-Op Program. Co-Op orientation take place during the first 3 weeks of each semester

Sophomore

  • Intern and/or participate in Co-Op to add valuable work experience to your resume
  • Explore Study Abroad opportunities
  • Explore undergraduate research. Learn more through Engineering Undergraduate Research and University Undergraduate Research. Talk to faculty and advisors for guidance
  • Attend Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • Create a LinkedIn account and profile to increase your visibility to potential employers

Junior

  • Attend the STEM Career Expo in Fall / Spring
  • If you are considering graduate school, start studying and take the GRE. Get involved with undergraduate research projects and explore publication opportunities. Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair
  • Use LinkedIn to identify alumni who can assist you in your job search

Senior

  • Attend Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • Continue gaining experience through co-op, internships, part-time jobs, or job shadowing that will assist you during interviews for full-time employment

GET INVOLVED

Freshman

  • Check out AU Involve to identify organizations of interest
  • Explore Aerospace Engineering opportunities such as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), University Student Launch Initiative (USLI), and Design-Build-Fly (DBF) competition teams, the AU Rocketry Association (AURA), Club Europa, and others

Sophomore

  • Consider leadership roles in organizations you are currently involved in
  • Continue involvement in an organization where you can develop your interests, build social connections, and enhance your resume
  • Continue participation in competition teams to expand experience and develop leadership skills

Junior

  • Attain leadership roles in Engineering and University-wide organizations
  • Become a student member in professional organizations related to your major

Senior

  • Lead a class project or manage a student organization team
  • Begin to use the connections you made through campus involvement and alumni networking to begin your full-time job search

SAMPLE JOB TITLES

Missile Systems Engineer
Minimum Education: B.A.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $60K - $83.9K

Aerodynamics Engineer
Minimum Education: B.A.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $63K – 108.3K

Engineers in Leadership – Various Roles
Minimum Education: B.A.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $85.5K – $124.4K