Aerospace technicians design, construct, test, operate and maintain basic structures of spacecraft.
Mathematics, Physics, Technical
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Minimum Educational Level
Aerospace technicians design, construct, test, operate and maintain basic structures of spacecraft. They program and run computer simulations to test new designs. Aerospace technicians cooperate closely with engineers and scientists and help them prepare various equipment, drawings, diagrams or scale models. There are around 11,400 aerospace technicians employed in the U.S.
Aerospace technicians work closely with engineers and scientist during all phases of design, production, testing and operation of spacecraft. They collects and record data, test new designs using various equipment such as wind tunnels or simulators. They regularly meet with engineers and discusse details of tests and their outcomes. Finally, they make and install parts to be tested And install various parts and instruments on spacecraft. As opposed to engineers, the job of aerospace technicians involves a lot of manual labour.
Aerospace technicians work in a wide variety of environments. Some may be involved in fueling the rocket at the launch pad, while others work on factory floors or at test sites. Working conditions vary but in general the aerospace industry has very high standards of safety and therefore these jobs are generally very safe and clean. Most of the tasks are accomplished in teams, cooperating with coworkers, that are typically very competent and professional. A lot of interaction takes place on a daily basis.
Future aerospace technicians should take as many math and science courses as possible. Other core courses include algebra, trigonometry and computer science. The latter is becoming increasingly important due various computer tests and simulation. In addition, courses that improve manual skills are also valuable, since there is a plenty of manual labour involved.
After high school, there are different training opportunities available for prospective aerospace technicians. Based on your preferences, you can choose among community colleges, technical institutes, work-study programs in the army or various types of on-the-job training. Aerospace technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a graduate degree from a community college or vocational-technical school. When choosing a study program, only consider the ABET-accredited programs. These are the programs that include at least college algebra, trigonometry and basic science.
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