You’ve heard it a thousand times … “It’s not rocket science.” Fine, it’s not. But what is?
Rocket Science is a common term for a primary branch of Aerospace engineering. Acutally, rocket science is a misnomer … science is all about understanding the origin, nature, and behavior of the universe. Aerospace Engineers apply science to produce technological marvels like lunar rovers.
The engineers specialize in the design and manufacture of spacecraft, so you can be sure the job requires proficiency with physics, chemistry, aerodynamics, propulsion, communications and mathematics. They could specialize in a particular area of aerospace engineering, such as space exploration vehicles or defense systems. They might also choose to focus on a particular component of spacecraft, such as acoustics, aerodynamics, propulsion or guidance systems.
Aerospace engineers typically work as an engineer-in-training for at least four years while earning professional engineer’s (P.E.) license. The P.E. license is issued by a licensing board in each state and state licensing requirements vary.
“Rocket scientists” must be team players because their job has them working with other engineers from multiple scientific disciplines. Companies that hire aerospace engineers include Boeing Co, Goodrich Corp, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon Aircraft CO.
It may take a lot of hard work to become a rocket scientist, but think of all the super cool things you might make once you become one!
Finally, here’s a cool video on the topic: Aerospace Engineers – What Is It?