Description: Manufacturing engineers who work in the aerospace field conduct research, build and design parts, and develop hardware for the manufacturing of satellite systems.
Knowledge Required: Manufacturing engineers must use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to identify problems and potential solutions, use verbal and written communication to interact with supervisors and coworkers, and persevere through challenging situations.
Skills:Analytical and critical thinking skills, troubleshooting, business management, mathematics, verbal and written communication, and collaboration.
Career Path: Satellite engineers often complete a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or a related engineering field. As an engineer’s career progresses, many obtain a professional engineer license.
Best Cities for this job: Phoenix, San Diego, Palo Alto, Chicago, and Wichita are the top cities for manufacturing engineers specifying in aerospace.
Median Annual Income: National: $59,242. CA: $88,000
Future Growth: Employment of aerospace engineers is expected to grow 5 percent from 2010 to 2020.
From the field:”It’s great to know you had a hand in a satellite people depend on every day.” – Joenel Johnson, Senior Manufacturing Engineer
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