Aerospace Engineering is the field of engineering surrounding the science, design, construction, development and testing of aircraft and space craft. The field of Aerospace Engineering can be divided into two major subfields: aeronautical and aerospace. In other words, Aerospace Engineers can work on projects intended for this atmosphere, or, for deployment in outer space. In addition to designing aircraft, Aerospace Engineers also develop satellites, missile systems, propulsion systems, high-tech Unmanned Air Vehicles, and even software. Learn more about this exciting STEM career by viewing the profile video below.

Career Video

Aerospace Engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Cornerstone Research Group in Dayton, Ohio describe the work they do within the two major aerospace subfields of aeronautical and aerospace engineering. These two young women describe what it is they love about their job; how they use STEM concepts they learned in high school on the job, and how you don’t actually have to be “a rocket scientist” to become a rocket propulsion expert.

Viewing Guides

Teacher Background Video

The accompanying teacher background video provides teachers with additional information about the Aerospace Engineering career path, and how to help interested students prepare for post-secondary education. The video also offers teacher tips, discussion suggestions, and additional resources. Teachers also learn about ways to engage girls in this career track.


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