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Working As An Engineering Scientist

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Scientist 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 Scientist

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 Scientist Career Paths

Engineering Scientist
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Lead Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Product Manager Product Development Manager
Research And Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Lead Engineer Technical Manager
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Construction Manager Design Manager
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Lead Engineer Lead Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Solutions Architect Solutions Manager
Senior Solutions Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Senior Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Operations Manager Head Operator
Head Of Business Development
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Design Engineer Design, Development User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Engineering Scientist Demographics

Gender

Male

70.4%

Female

18.9%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

52.0%

Asian

16.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.0%

Korean

14.8%

Japanese

7.4%

Mandarin

7.4%

Comanche

3.7%

Portuguese

3.7%

Indonesian

3.7%

Chinese

3.7%

French

3.7%

Urdu

3.7%

Bengali

3.7%

Dutch

3.7%

Hindi

3.7%
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Engineering Scientist Education

Schools

University of Texas at Austin

18.0%

University of Southern California

7.3%

University of Phoenix

6.4%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.2%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

5.2%

University of California - Irvine

5.2%

University of Washington

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

California State University - Long Beach

4.3%

University of Cincinnati

4.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.9%

University of California - Berkeley

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

University of Florida

3.4%

North Carolina State University

3.4%

University of Arizona

3.4%

Purdue University

3.4%

San Jose State University

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.2%

Mechanical Engineering

13.6%

Business

8.0%

Computer Science

7.1%

Aerospace Engineering

5.8%

Computer Engineering

4.9%

Physics

4.7%

Chemical Engineering

4.4%

Engineering

4.0%

Chemistry

3.8%

Civil Engineering

3.1%

Systems Engineering

3.0%

Mathematics

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

Biology

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.1%

Geology

1.8%

Management

1.6%

Finance

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.8%

Masters

35.4%

Doctorate

11.3%

Other

8.9%

Certificate

3.5%

Associate

0.9%

Diploma

0.1%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does an Engineering Scientist make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engineering Scientist in the United States is $83,056 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

Real Engineering Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
ADV Engineer/Scientist-Dev IBM Corporation Palo Alto, CA Oct 29, 2013 $128,142 -
$195,000
Scientist-IPE Engineering or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 09, 2014 $121,500 -
$141,500
Image Processing/Computer Vision Engineer/Scientis Leap Motion, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2014 $120,000
Engineer/Scientist Lead R&D UOP, LLC McCook, IL Sep 17, 2014 $115,665
Engineer/Scientist IV Honeywell International Inc. Golden Valley, MN Sep 15, 2016 $114,891
Aromatics Engineer/Scientist Lead R&D 1 UOP LLC Des Plaines, IL Jun 07, 2016 $114,100 -
$142,750
Engineer/Scientist Lead Research and Development UOP, LLC McCook, IL Sep 17, 2013 $112,600 -
$152,000
Engineer/Scientist Lead R&D UOP, LLC Des Plaines, IL Sep 20, 2013 $112,600 -
$152,000
Engineer/Scientist Lead R&D UOP LLC Des Plaines, IL Oct 08, 2014 $112,600 -
$152,000
Patent Scientist/Engineer Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Denver, CO Sep 09, 2014 $112,000
Software/Engineering Scientist Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 13, 2013 $110,000
Scientist/Engineer The Procter & Gamble Company Cincinnati, OH Sep 30, 2014 $104,000
Display Optimization Engineer/Scientist E Ink Corporation Billerica, MA Sep 21, 2014 $86,000 -
$96,000
Research Engineering/Scientist Associate IV The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Mar 01, 2014 $85,000
Research Engineering/Scientist Associate IV The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Jan 03, 2014 $85,000
Engineer I, Color Scientist Xerox Corporation Webster, NY Sep 22, 2016 $84,656
Color Scientist Engineer Avery Dennison Corporation Strongsville, OH Jun 20, 2013 $84,250
Scientist/Engineer Diakon Solutions LLC Atlantic City, NJ Dec 01, 2014 $84,000
ADV Engineer/Scientist-Dev IBM Corporation Albany, NY Oct 24, 2013 $83,200 -
$168,800
Engineer Scientist III-Power System Studies Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. Knoxville, TN Jun 15, 2015 $74,838 -
$109,125
Engineer/Scientist I Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Mar 05, 2015 $74,027 -
$101,900
Research Engineering/Scientist Associate III The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Jan 06, 2016 $74,000
Biomedical Engineering Scientist UIH America, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 09, 2015 $73,800
Engineer/Scientist I Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jan 21, 2015 $73,154 -
$101,900
Engineer/Scientist I Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jan 29, 2015 $73,154 -
$101,900
Staff Engineering Scientist IBM Corporation Austin, TX Jun 22, 2016 $72,197 -
$113,448
Engineer/Scientist IBM Corporation Albany, NY Jul 15, 2013 $72,000

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Top Skills for An Engineering Scientist

  1. Test Cases
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  • Executed test cases and analyzed test outcomes.
  • Received a certificate of appreciation from NASA astronauts for aerodynamics work.
  • Generate test facility requirements, supported facility development, and modification of existing test stations.
  • Support in developing the Space Shuttle and International Space Station on-orbit window cleaning procedures and the Space Shuttle window shield implementation.
  • Provided project management oversight of a finite element analysis and optimization program for 747 aircraft assembly.

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