Aeronautical Engineers perform and supervise engineering work concerned with the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and modification of aircraft for flight.

Specialisations: Aeronautical Engineering Officer (Navy), Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace Engineer Officer - Aeronautical (Air Force), Aerospace Engineer Officer - Armament (Air Force), Aerospace Engineer Officer - Electronics (Air Force), Avionics Systems Engineer, Weapons Aeronautical Engineering Officer (Navy).

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in aeronautical or aerospace engineering is needed to work as an Aeronautical Engineer. Many Aeronautical Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Designs aircraft, componentry and support equipment.
  • Consults with aero-engine specialists to co-ordinate design of aircraft.
  • Carries out surveys of airframes and equipment and checks for structural faults using laboratory or flight conditions.
  • Ensures that aircraft are capable of meeting operational conditions by examining characteristics and evaluating flight tests.

All Other Engineering Professionals

  • $2,155 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Aeronautical Engineers

  • 1,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 8% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Aeronautical Engineers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 1,000 in 2011 to 1,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Aeronautical Engineers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Manufacturing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 8% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety37.5
Manufacturing26.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services17.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing15.7
Other Industries2.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAeronautical EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.231.6
VIC32.825.6
QLD22.620.0
SA8.17.0
WA1.910.8
TAS0.02.0
NT1.01.0
ACT7.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAeronautical EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-248.9-9.39.3
25-3436.0-22.922.9
35-4426.4-22.022.0
45-5417.7-21.621.6
55-596.0-9.09.0
60-642.6-6.06.0
65 and Over2.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationAeronautical EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate27.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree54.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV7.7-21.121.1
Year 123.1-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in aeronautical or aerospace engineering is needed to work as an Aeronautical Engineer. Many Aeronautical Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and Technology

    87% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Mathematics

    80% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Design

    77% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Physics

    69% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    66% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2011.00 - Aerospace Engineers.

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

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  3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    96% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  4. Work With Work Group or Team

    89% Important

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  5. Telephone

    88% Important

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