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Working As A Structural Analysis Engineer

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  • Getting Information
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  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Structural Analysis 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 Structural Analysis 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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Structural Analysis Engineer Career Paths

Structural Analysis Engineer
Stress Engineer
Stress Analyst
9 Yearsyrs
Stress Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Principal Mechanical Engineer
14 Yearsyrs
Stress Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer Principal Engineer
Senior Principal Engineer
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Consultant
Senior Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Engineer
Staff Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Systems Engineer Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Stress Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Lead Mechanical Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Lead Design Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Product Engineer
Senior Product Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Senior Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Product Development Engineer
Senior Product Development Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Development Engineer
Senior Development Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Senior Project Engineer Lead Engineer
Engineering Technician Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Product Developer Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Project Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Adjunct Professor Senior Scientist
Senior Research Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer Lead Engineer
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Operations Manager Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Structural Analysis Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.2%

Unknown

15.6%

Female

14.2%
Ethnicity

White

51.0%

Asian

21.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

6.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.4%

Mandarin

18.2%

Chinese

9.1%

Turkish

9.1%

Portuguese

3.0%

German

3.0%

Persian

3.0%

Azerbaijani

3.0%

French

3.0%

Dakota

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Korean

3.0%

Cantonese

3.0%
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Structural Analysis Engineer Education

Schools

University of Washington

8.6%

Texas A&M University

7.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

6.7%

Purdue University

6.7%

Arizona State University

6.1%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

5.5%

University of California - San Diego

5.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.5%

University of Southern California

5.5%

University of Florida

4.9%

Wayne State University

4.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.3%

Michigan Technological University

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

Clemson University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

University of Kentucky

3.1%

Kettering University

3.1%

Brigham Young University

3.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

43.4%

Aerospace Engineering

14.0%

Civil Engineering

7.1%

Electrical Engineering

6.7%

Business

3.1%

Computer Science

2.7%

Engineering Mechanics

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Physics

1.9%

Finance

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Chemical Engineering

1.5%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.3%

Systems Engineering

1.0%

Management

1.0%

Geology

1.0%

Industrial Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

44.7%

Bachelors

37.8%

Doctorate

6.7%

Other

6.5%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

1.1%

Diploma

0.5%
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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 Structural Analysis Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Structural Analysis Engineer in the United States is $87,025 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

Real Structural Analysis Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
FEA Analysis Engineer Alcon Research, Ltd. Lake Forest, CA Jul 13, 2016 $141,357
Finite Element Analysis Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 06, 2016 $133,000
Competitor Analysis Engineer-Nve Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Nov 18, 2015 $122,847
Structural Analysis Engineer The Boeing Company Everett, WA Jan 26, 2015 $122,408 -
$150,000
Structural Analysis Engineer General Electric Company (GE Energy) Houston, TX Apr 24, 2015 $119,000 -
$121,000
Analysis Engineer General Motors Company Pontiac, MI Oct 01, 2015 $110,904
Stability Analysis Engineer GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas, LLC Wilmington, NC Jul 02, 2015 $106,400 -
$109,000
Real-Time Defect Analysis (RDA) Module Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Jan 03, 2016 $105,658
Structural Analysis Engineer The Boeing Company Everett, WA Jan 26, 2015 $105,477 -
$125,000
Structural Analysis Engineer The Boeing Company Renton, WA Jan 02, 2015 $105,477 -
$115,000
Pipelay and Structural Analysis Engineer Saipem America Inc. Houston, TX Apr 21, 2016 $105,269
Variation Analysis Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Mar 11, 2015 $104,520
Structural Analysis Engineer II Flightstar Aircraft Services, LLC Jacksonville, FL Dec 04, 2016 $102,960
Structural Analysis Engineer The Boeing Company Everett, WA Jan 26, 2015 $92,206 -
$112,000
Analysis Engineer General Motors Company Pontiac, MI Jun 16, 2015 $92,000
Structural Stress Analysis ENG-Interior Furnishings (TS1) Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Jan 08, 2016 $91,500
Structural Analysis Engineer CNH Industrial America LLC Burr Ridge, IL Jul 01, 2015 $91,000
CAE Analysis Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Troy, MI Mar 29, 2016 $90,584
Analysis Engineer General Motors Company Pontiac, MI Jul 18, 2016 $90,000
Yield Analysis Scientific Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Aug 22, 2016 $90,000
Stuructural Analysis Engineer Technical Data Analysis, Inc. Falls Church, VA Sep 13, 2016 $77,397
Commitment Analysis Engineer New York Independent System Operator Rensselaer, NY Oct 09, 2016 $77,328
Powertrain Analysis Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Dec 14, 2015 $77,217
Analysis Structural Engineer WSP USA Corp New York, NY Mar 09, 2015 $77,126
Powertrain Structures Analysis Engineer General Motors Company Pontiac, MI Jan 19, 2016 $77,000
Mechanical/Structural Analysis Engineer Vista Engineering Solutions, Inc. Campbell, CA Aug 30, 2016 $77,000
GEO Technical Engineer and Analysis (Casad) Micronet Solutions, LLC Berkeley Lake, GA Sep 20, 2016 $76,000 -
$85,000

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Top Skills for A Structural Analysis Engineer

  1. Finite Element Analysis
  2. Fatigue Analysis
  3. Structural Analysis
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  • Utilized hand calculations to develop thermal boundary conditions for finite element analysis of the global assembled rig.
  • Leveraged and improved my fatigue analysis software and encouraged development of other automation tools.
  • Led a structural analysis team substantiating FAR Part 25 certification requirements for design modifications within a composite technology development program
  • Load summary evaluations completed with internal loads program (PASA) and occasional comparison with Nastran and Patran Software.
  • Performed stress analysis for structural substantiation of 787 aircraft interior commodities including fairings, closets and secondary structures.

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