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1 Careers in Aerospace

2 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Lesson Overview Aerospace as a career option Major agencies in the aerospace sector Education required for aerospace careers Types of careers available in this field Preparing for a career in aerospace

3 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Quick Write Pick three careers in aerospace that you might like to pursue. Write a short paragraph describing what you know about each one. Review your paragraphs after you read this chapter. See how your current ideas of careers in this field match the reality!

4 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Aerospace as a Career Option What does aerospace mean? Aerospace combines “aero,” from aeronautics, describing flight within earth’s atmosphere, and “space,” describing flight beyond the atmosphere –You can design, build, pilot, or maintain aerospace vehicles –Engineers, machinists, pilots, flight attendants, astronauts Photo courtesy of Clipart.com

5 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 How do you know if YOU want an aerospace career? Examine your abilities and interests Think about your favorite courses as well as your hobbies Ask yourself: –Do you like to solve problems and puzzles? –Do you like to create and build things? –Do you enjoy working with computers? –Do you enjoy math and science? –Do you have an inquiring mind?

6 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Aerospace Careers Engineer: Designs products, systems, and structures Scientist: Seeks knowledge Technician: Translates the technical plans created by engineers Technologist: Does work similar to a technician’s, but at a higher level

7 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Range of Annual Salaries Career/Industry Group Minimum Salary Average Salary Maximum Salary Airport $25, $48, $79, AP Mechanic $14, $42, $65, Avionics $18, $48, $150, Computer $36, $52, $62, Dispatch $28, $31, $55, Engineering and Aerospace $20, $66, $100, Executive $60, $78, $100, Ground-Ramp $50, $57, $65, Management $16, $61, $120, Pilot $14, $50, $105, Sales-Marketing $30, $49, $80, Adapted from

8 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Major Aerospace Agencies National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)–responsible for US space program and aerospace research Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)– responsible for safety of civil aviation

9 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 NASA Aeronautics Exploration systems Science Space operations Photo courtesy of NASA.gov

10 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 FAA Safety regulation Airspace and air traffic management Air-Navigation facilities Civil aviation abroad Commercial space transportation Research, engineering, and development Photo courtesy of FAA.gov

11 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Education Requirements for Aerospace Careers Training versus Education –Training: narrow focus on specific set of skills –Education: broad-based learning General Educational Requirements –Bachelor’s degree (four year) –Associate degree (two year) –High school diploma Graphic courtesy of Clipart.com

12 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Types of Careers Pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians, and air traffic controllers Flight dispatchers and safety inspectors Medical doctors, lawyers, and analysts Machinists, welders, and carpenters (picture of a carpenter) Photo courtesy of Comstock Images

13 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Examples of Specific Careers Photo courtesy of Clipart.com

14 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Aerospace Engineer Develops new aviation and defense- system and space-exploration technologies Works 40-hour week (minimum) Office work and outdoor work Some travel may be required

15 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Aviation Safety Inspector Responsible for civil aviation safety regulations Requires considerable travel Must hold bachelor’s degree Usually a former pilot, crew, controller, machinist, or technician

16 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Air Traffic Control Specialist Gives pilots instructions for taxiing and takeoff Gives weather advice to pilots Due to use of radars, often works in semidarkness Must have administrative, technical, or other work experience Photo courtesy of Clipart.com

17 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Aircraft Manufacturing Scientist Specializes in many fields: –Aerodynamics –Chemistry –Physiology –Meteorology –Cryogenics –Avionics Must be a team player, self-disciplined, and responsible Must have a bachelor’s degree in a science and possibly an advanced degree Photo courtesy of Clipart.com

18 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Aircraft Manufacturing Technician Requires application of physical, life, engineering, and mathematical sciences Works in research departments and labs; possible outdoor work Must hold at least an associate degree in science or engineering and have on-the- job training

19 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Aircraft Mechanic Keeps airplanes and their equipment working safely and efficiently Works in hangars, flight line, or in repair shop to maintain flight schedules High school diploma preferred; vocational school diploma suggested Photo courtesy of Clipart.com

20 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Aviation Specialist Aviation specialists promote aviation education and safety They inspect airports and flight schools to make sure they comply with federal and state regulations

21 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Avionics Technician Avionics technicians repair and maintain components used for: –aircraft navigation and radio communications –weather radar systems –and other instruments and computers that control flight, engine, and other primary functions

22 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Jobs at Airport These range from airline ticket agents to customer service agents to baggage handlers to security officers to inspectors for the federal Transportation Security Agency Airports also employ a variety of building maintenance and repair workers

23 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Prepare for an Aerospace Career It’s never to early to begin! Need a 3.0 GPA minimum Complete a strong science and math course of study in high school Get involved at school … participate in extracurricular activities Learn as much as you can about your field of interest!

24 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Review Within aerospace, there are several careers to choose from, such as: –Engineer –Scientist –Technician or technologist There are two major agencies in the aerospace sector: NASA and FAA Look at the educational and training requirements for the field that interests you

25 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Review There are multiple careers available in the aerospace industry, such as: –Pilots –Aircraft maintenance technicians –Flight dispatchers –Medical doctors –Marketing personnel –Machinists

26 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Summary Why choose a career in aerospace? What major agencies are there? What are the educational requirements? What types of careers are available? What do you need to prepare for this career?

27 Chapter 1, Lesson 3 Next Today we’ve learned about a career in aerospace Next we’ll learn about specific educational and career paths you can take Photo courtesy of Clipart.com


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