Aeronautical engineering involves the exciting challenge of designing and developing machines that can fly. The aeronautical engineering team are responsible for the creation of newer, safer and more energy-efficient, economical methods for travel including airplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites and spacecraft. They contribute to the amazing world of air travel where airplanes that weigh over half a million pounds can soar into the sky and spacecraft can travel 17,000 miles an hour.

What do Aeronautical Engineers do?

Aeronautical engineers work at the forefront of developing technology to meet the ever-increasing global travel demands. They bring concepts into reality by applying the principles of engineering to design, develop and maintain highly sophisticated technologies for use in aviation, defence systems and space exploration. They ensure that aircraft, spacecraft and missiles meet safety requirements by creating new and more environmentally friendly designs and manufacturing methods.

As an aeronautical engineering graduate you can work for -

  • commercial aviation industry
  • government defence forces
  • flight crew in both commercial and defence aviation
  • research institutes
  • space exploration centres

Employers of aeronautical engineering graduates include -

  • Aer Lingus
  • Airbus
  • Irish Defence Forces - Air Corps
  • Rolls Royce
  • Ryanair
  • ESA
  • Williams F1