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Working As A Loads Engineer

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Loads Engineer 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 A Loads Engineer

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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Loads Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.8%

Unknown

20.0%

Female

6.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Asian

12.9%

Black or African American

12.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%

Chinese

25.0%

Cantonese

25.0%
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Loads Engineer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Arlington

10.0%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

10.0%

University of Houston

6.7%

University of Oklahoma

6.7%

University of Memphis

6.7%

State University of New York Buffalo

6.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.7%

ITT Technical Institute-Corona

6.7%

Three Rivers Community College

3.3%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.3%

Purdue University

3.3%

University of Florida

3.3%

Webster University

3.3%

Delaware County Community College

3.3%

University of West Florida

3.3%

Lee College

3.3%

New School

3.3%

City University of Seattle

3.3%

Wichita State University

3.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.3%
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Majors

Aerospace Engineering

26.0%

Mechanical Engineering

17.8%

Business

12.3%

Computer Science

5.5%

Engineering

5.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.7%

General Studies

2.7%

Finance

2.7%

Information Systems

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Civil Engineering

2.7%

Management

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Medical Technician

1.4%

Sociology

1.4%

Culinary Arts

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%

Neuroscience

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.8%

Masters

27.6%

Other

19.7%

Doctorate

7.9%

Certificate

2.6%

Associate

1.3%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Loads Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Loads Engineer in the United States is $87,097 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

Real Loads Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Loads Engineer OGIN, Inc. Waltham, MA Sep 10, 2015 $115,000 -
$130,000
Senior Loads Engineer Flodesign Wind Turbine Corporation Waltham, MA Oct 22, 2012 $115,000 -
$165,000
CAE Engineer-Vehicle Dynamics and Load Prediction General Motors Company Warren, MI Sep 14, 2016 $111,240
Senior Loads & Resources Engineer California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Apr 20, 2013 $106,246 -
$120,000
Dynamic Loads Engineer Cessna Aircraft Company Wichita, KS Aug 19, 2010 $101,109 -
$118,750
Loads Engineer Siemens Energy, Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 22, 2016 $100,901
Loads Engineer The Boeing Company Everett, WA Mar 08, 2010 $100,897
Senior Load and Resource Engineer California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Apr 20, 2010 $100,000 -
$120,000
Performance Load Engineer Drugstore.com, Inc. Bellevue, WA Dec 07, 2012 $95,782
Loads Analysis and Measurement Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Dec 04, 2016 $95,580
Loads & Dynamics Analysis Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2010 $93,915
Loads Analysis and Measurement Engineer Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jan 03, 2015 $90,584
Loads Analysis & Measurements Engineer Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jul 16, 2015 $90,584
Loads Engineer Siemens Energy, Inc. Orlando, FL Mar 25, 2014 $90,000
Loads Engineer Flodesign Wind Turbine Corporation Waltham, MA Sep 10, 2012 $88,000 -
$110,000
Static External Loads Engineer The Boeing Company Everett, WA Mar 31, 2010 $87,184
Static External Loads Engineer The Boeing Company Everett, WA Mar 26, 2010 $87,184
Loads Analysis Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Sep 21, 2015 $85,044
Loads Engineer Vestas Technology R&D Americas, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $81,723 -
$82,000
Loads Engineer OGIN, Inc. Waltham, MA Feb 26, 2015 $80,000 -
$110,000
Loads Analysis Engineer Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jan 03, 2012 $80,000

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Top Skills for A Loads Engineer

  1. Loads Analysis
  2. Flight Test Data
  3. Design Loads
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed gust loads analysis for the M45 Airplane with increased MTOW.
  • Prepared and supported test schedules, telemetry monitoring and flight test data reduction.
  • Documented gust and maneuver design loads per FAA/JAA certification requirements.
  • Prepared documentation for FAA Certification.
  • Developed a computer program to correct NASTRAN Doublet Lattice stability derivatives to match empirical data with an aerodynamic correction factor matrix.

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