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Aeronautical Engineering Degrees

Aeronautical engineering degrees represent the branch of engineering that deals with the research, design, development, construction, testing, science and technology of aircraft. The field also covers investigation into aerodynamic characteristics of aircraft, including behaviors and related factors such as airfoil, control surfaces, lift and drag. In recent years, aeronautical engineering has become one of two major and overlapping branches of aerospace engineering, with astronautical engineering being the second.

If you’re fascinated by the history and methodology behind flying machines – from Leonardo Da Vinci’s early conceptual sketches and the Wright brothers’ famous flight of 1903 through to the sophistication and progress of modern jets – aeronautical engineering could be the degree for you.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from an aeronautical engineering degree include:

  • High proficiency in research methodology, experiments and data collection
  • Excellent analytical and logical-thinking skills
  • Excellent knowledge of mathematics and physics
  • Interdisciplinary skills, including expertise in mechanics and engineering
  • Ability to identify and tackle complex technical challenges
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • A critical approach to problems
  • Good attention to detail
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal and people from various backgrounds and with varying aeronautical knowledge
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Ability to adapt to changing needs/in response to findings from experiments
  • Awareness of commercial, industry-related and environmental issues
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