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Working As A Stress 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 Stress 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 Stress 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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Stress Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.1%

Unknown

13.7%

Female

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

45.7%

Asian

23.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

8.0%

Unknown

7.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

French

11.4%

Mandarin

9.1%

Chinese

6.8%

Hindi

6.8%

Italian

6.8%

Turkish

4.5%

Dutch

4.5%

Russian

2.3%

Portuguese

2.3%

Telugu

2.3%

German

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Kannada

2.3%

Urdu

2.3%

Carrier

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Ukrainian

2.3%
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Stress Engineer Education

Schools

Wichita State University

17.6%

University of Washington

7.8%

Texas A&M University

7.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.3%

Arizona State University

5.9%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

4.9%

Washington State University

4.4%

Wayne State University

4.4%

University of Southern California

4.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.9%

San Diego State University

3.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.4%

University of Cincinnati

3.4%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

3.4%

Purdue University

3.4%

More Tech Institute

3.4%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

3.4%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.4%

Clemson University

2.9%

University of Florida

2.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

54.0%

Aerospace Engineering

17.5%

Civil Engineering

7.6%

Engineering

4.9%

Business

2.3%

Engineering Mechanics

1.8%

Chemical Engineering

1.6%

Management

1.0%

Drafting And Design

1.0%

Computer Science

1.0%

Industrial Engineering

1.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

0.8%

Finance

0.8%

Engineering Science

0.8%

Project Management

0.7%

Supply Chain Management

0.7%

Materials Science And Engineering

0.7%

Automotive Technology

0.6%

Information Technology

0.6%

Plastics Engineering

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.4%

Masters

39.2%

Other

8.3%

Doctorate

5.4%

Certificate

1.4%

Associate

0.8%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
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$87,000
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$87,000
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$87,000
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$87,000
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Stone & Webster Overseas Group
Highest Paying City
Bellingham, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
5.4 years
How much does a Stress Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Stress Engineer in the United States is $87,867 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 $126,000.

Real Stress Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Stress Engineer Hi-TEK Professionals, Inc. Savannah, GA Aug 22, 2016 $156,525 -
$234,788
Stress Engineer, F&DT Adventa Corporation Wichita, KS Aug 19, 2016 $145,600
Senior Pipe Stress Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 14, 2016 $141,500
Stress Engineer PDS Tech, Inc. Wichita, KS May 21, 2015 $139,829
PD&P Senior Pipe Stress Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $138,000 -
$202,000
PD&P Senior Pipe Stress Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 14, 2016 $138,000 -
$202,000
PD&P Senior Pipe Stress Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 23, 2016 $138,000 -
$202,000
Pipe Stress Engineer PTS Staffing Solutions Monrovia, CA Nov 30, 2015 $135,655
Pipe Stress Engineer Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc. Norwood, MA Sep 16, 2016 $129,394
Stress Engineer Adventa Corporation Mobile, AL Jul 15, 2016 $126,880
Pipe Stress Engineer Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 26, 2015 $126,806
Stress Engineer Adventa Corporation Harvest, AL Jun 22, 2016 $125,902
Stress Analysis Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Savannah, GA Feb 16, 2015 $119,356 -
$156,525
Stress Engineer Volt Management Corp. Savannah, GA Nov 07, 2016 $119,101
Stress Analysis Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Savannah, GA Jun 28, 2016 $119,101
Stress Analysis Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Savannah, GA Jan 06, 2016 $119,101
Stress Analysis Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Savannah, GA Dec 02, 2016 $119,101
Stress Analysis Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Savannah, GA Apr 13, 2015 $118,959
Stress Analysis Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Savannah, GA Sep 18, 2015 $118,955
Stress Analysis Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Savannah, GA Aug 20, 2015 $118,955
Stress Engineer Quest Global Services Na, Inc. Chula Vista, CA Dec 28, 2015 $95,000
Stress Analysis Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Everett, WA Oct 17, 2016 $93,915 -
$135,655
SR. Stress Engineer U.S. Technical Consultants, Inc. Fullerton, CA Feb 11, 2016 $93,912
Pipe Stress Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2016 $93,348 -
$118,692
Stress Analysis Engineer (TS1) Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Oct 08, 2016 $92,729
Stress Engineer B/E Aerospace, Inc. Everett, WA Feb 29, 2016 $91,981
Pipe Stress Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 04, 2016 $90,000
Stress Engineer Be Aerospace, Inc. Everett, WA Jul 01, 2015 $89,960 -
$123,032

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Top Skills for A Stress Engineer

  1. Finite Element Analysis
  2. Fatigue Analysis
  3. Classical Hand Calculations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed structural analysis of metallic and composite aircraft structures using traditional calculation methods and finite element analysis.
  • Utilized classical static analysis and fatigue analysis methods to substantiate repair solutions.
  • Performed Finite element modeling/analysis, classical hand calculations, technical report preparation, provided analysis and advice to various departments.
  • Developed NASTRAN finite element capability for Learjet.
  • Assisted in providing stress analysis documentation for the modification of the fuselage structure for various military based modifications.

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