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Working As An Engineering Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $115,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Analyst Do

Aerospace engineers design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. In addition, they test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.

Duties

Aerospace engineers typically do the following:

  • Direct and coordinate the design, manufacture, and testing of aircraft and aerospace products
  • Assess proposals for projects to determine if they are technically and financially feasible
  • Determine if proposed projects will result in safe aircraft and parts
  • Evaluate designs to see that the products meet engineering principles, customer requirements, and environmental challenges
  • Develop acceptance criteria for design methods, quality standards, sustainment after delivery, and completion dates
  • Ensure that projects meet quality standards
  • Inspect malfunctioning or damaged products to identify sources of problems and possible solutions

Aerospace engineers may develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and spacecraft. They often specialize in areas such as aerodynamic fluid flow; structural design; guidance, navigation, and control; instrumentation and communication; robotics; and propulsion and combustion.

Aerospace engineers can specialize in designing different types of aerospace products, such as commercial and military airplanes and helicopters; remotely piloted aircraft and rotorcraft; spacecraft, including launch vehicles and satellites; and military missiles and rockets.

Aerospace engineers often become experts in one or more related fields: aerodynamics, thermodynamics, celestial mechanics, flight mechanics, propulsion, acoustics, and guidance and control systems.

Aerospace engineers typically specialize in one of two types of engineering: aeronautical or astronautical.

Aeronautical engineers work with aircraft. They are involved primarily in designing aircraft and propulsion systems and in studying the aerodynamic performance of aircraft and construction materials. They work with the theory, technology, and practice of flight within the earth’s atmosphere.

Astronautical engineers work with the science and technology of spacecraft and how they perform inside and outside the earth’s atmosphere.

Aeronautical and astronautical engineers face different environmental and operational issues in designing aircraft and spacecraft. However, the two fields overlap a great deal because they both depend on the basic principles of physics.

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How To Become An Engineering Analyst

Aerospace engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or another field of engineering or science related to aerospace systems. Aerospace engineers who work on projects that are related to national defense may need a security clearance. U.S. citizenship may be required for certain types and levels of clearances.

Education

Entry-level aerospace engineers usually need a bachelor’s degree. High school students interested in studying aerospace engineering should take courses in chemistry, physics, and math, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

Bachelor’s degree programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies in subjects such as general engineering principles, propulsion, stability and control, structures, mechanics, and aerodynamics, which is the study of how air interacts with moving objects.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in partnership with regional businesses, which give students practical experience while they complete their education. Cooperative programs and internships enable students to gain valuable experience and to finance part of their education.

At some universities, a student can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree upon completion. A graduate degree will allow an engineer to work as an instructor at a university or to do research and development. Programs in aerospace engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Aerospace engineers must be able to identify design elements that may not meet requirements and then must formulate alternatives to improve the performance of those elements.

Business skills. Much of the work done by aerospace engineers involves meeting federal government standards. Meeting these standards often requires knowledge of standard business practices, as well as knowledge of commercial law.

Critical-thinking skills. Aerospace engineers must be able to translate a set of issues into requirements and to figure out why a particular design does not work. They must be able to ask the right question, then find an acceptable answer.

Math skills. Aerospace engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. Aerospace engineers use their education and experience to upgrade designs and troubleshoot problems when meeting new demands for aircraft, such as increased fuel efficiency or improved safety.

Writing skills. Aerospace engineers must be able both to write papers that explain their designs clearly and to create documentation for future reference.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an aerospace engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires:

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Advancement

Eventually, aerospace engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Some may even become engineering managers or move into executive positions, such as program managers.

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Engineering Analyst Career Paths

Engineering Analyst
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Production Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Quality Assurance Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Product Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Product Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Principal Analyst 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 8.0%
Analyst 6.8%
Internship 5.1%
Consultant 3.3%
Top Employers After
Engineer 7.3%
Consultant 5.9%
Analyst 4.8%
Owner 3.1%

Engineering Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

69.8%

Female

27.6%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

73.1%

Asian

13.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Unknown

3.5%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Carrier

7.8%

Chinese

7.8%

German

7.8%

French

6.5%

Mandarin

5.2%

Italian

5.2%

Portuguese

5.2%

Japanese

5.2%

Korean

3.9%

Hindi

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Croatian

2.6%

Swedish

1.3%

Telugu

1.3%

Turkish

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Bengali

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

Greek

1.3%
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Engineering Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.7%

Purdue University

7.1%

Auburn University

5.6%

University of Florida

5.6%

Old Dominion University

5.1%

University of Cincinnati

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

Wayne State University

4.0%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

Wichita State University

4.0%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.5%

Villanova University

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.5%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%
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Majors

Business

19.4%

Mechanical Engineering

15.4%

Computer Science

10.0%

Electrical Engineering

8.7%

Computer Information Systems

4.7%

Management

4.1%

Civil Engineering

3.6%

Information Technology

3.6%

Finance

3.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Project Management

3.1%

Industrial Engineering

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.6%

Aerospace Engineering

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%

Physics

2.2%

Education

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Masters

29.6%

Other

15.7%

Associate

6.6%

Doctorate

4.1%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Real Engineering Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Analyst, Petroleum Engineering QRI International, LLC Houston, TX Aug 29, 2015 $135,000
Analyst, Petroleum Engineering QRI International, LLC Houston, TX Mar 09, 2016 $135,000
Engineering Analyst Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC Livermore, CA Jan 09, 2016 $135,000
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Analyst Justanswer LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 17, 2016 $134,638 -
$141,000
Analyst, Petroleum Engineering QRI International, LLC Houston, TX Aug 29, 2015 $134,000
BI Engineer/Analyst, Finance Maplebear Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2016 $130,000
Production Engineering Analyst Transatlantic Petroleum (USA) Corporation Addison, TX Oct 22, 2015 $130,000
BI Engineer/Analyst, Finance Maplebear Inc. San Francisco, CA May 31, 2016 $130,000
BI Engineer/Analyst, Finance Maplebear Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $130,000
Analyst, Petroleum Engineering QRI International, LLC Houston, TX Aug 29, 2015 $125,000
Analyst, Petroleum Engineering Quantum Reservoir Impact Houston, TX Jun 25, 2015 $124,238
Manufacturing and Engineering Analyst National Oilwell Varco, L.P. Houston, TX Apr 27, 2015 $120,000
Threat Analyst Engineer Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Oct 24, 2016 $118,500 -
$130,000
Threat Analyst Engineer Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Oct 13, 2016 $118,500 -
$130,000
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Analyst Roush Management, L.L.C. Livonia, MI Sep 13, 2016 $81,203
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Analyst Roush Management, L.L.C. Allen Park, MI Sep 13, 2016 $81,203
Engineering Change Analyst Hermes Microvision, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 11, 2016 $80,870
Senior Engineering Analyst ZS Associates, Inc. Princeton, NJ Aug 25, 2015 $80,683 -
$95,000
Data Engineering Analyst II Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Mar 10, 2016 $80,616
Senior Engineering Analyst ZS Associates, Inc. Princeton, NJ Aug 25, 2015 $80,000 -
$95,000
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Analyst Roush Management, L.L.C. Allen Park, MI Feb 24, 2015 $80,000
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Analyst Roush Management, L.L.C. Livonia, MI Aug 31, 2016 $71,000
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Analyst Roush Management, L.L.C. Allen Park, MI Aug 31, 2016 $71,000
Engineering Analyst Hendrickson USA, L.L.C. Canton, OH Sep 30, 2016 $70,803 -
$78,000
Engineering Analyst, Turbo Machinery Dresser-Rand Company Olean, NY Jan 22, 2015 $70,000 -
$80,000
Computer-Aided-Engineering (CAE) Analyst Roush Management LLC Allen Park, MI Aug 10, 2015 $70,000
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Analyst Roush Management, L.L.C. Allen Park, MI Aug 29, 2016 $70,000
Vehicle Reliability Engineering Analyst Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 01, 2015 $70,000 -
$85,000
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Analyst Roush Management, L.L.C. Allen Park, MI Aug 30, 2016 $70,000

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Top Skills for An Engineering Analyst

TestDataTestProceduresHardwareWindowsSQLServerWebEngineeringChangesSafetyStructuralAnalysisCADProjectManagementLabTechnicalSupportBOMDataAnalysisLogisticsMissileReliabilityUnixTroubleshoot

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Top Engineering Analyst Skills

  1. Test Data
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain backup of test programs, test data, and test adapter inventory.
  • Developed and implemented test procedures.
  • Updated, tuned and reconfigured all hardware and software for performance, compliance and manageability.
  • Managed and updated patches for Windows client/server environment.
  • Develop Reports with SSRS (reporting services) with SQL Server 2005 and VS 2005.

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