Like2fly4fun From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1992 times:
I would like to work as an Aeronautical Engineer for a major airline, eventually obtaining an Airframe and Powerplant License. I truely enjoyed working with airplanes on the ramp, and working for an aircraft manufacturer typically involves a lot of time in the cubicle. Working for an airline seems like the best of both worlds - being an engineer yet working closely with aircraft that are out there flying. Does anyone know what the opportunites are and how many engineers some of the major airlines have? Is there a possibility of a job eventually involving travel, troubleshooting aircraft problems? I'm hoping to get my foot in the door through an internship. Thanks for your advice.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1964 times:
Well.......i dont know the what the entry requirements and qualifications are needed in other countries, but here in the UK, if u want to become an aircraft engineer, you have to be educated to at least college level with qualifications in a scientific subject i.e physics, electronics and mathematics is prefered by a lot of airlines. Or even better, you can go to university and study for a Bsc degree in aeronautical engineering. Another route, is to join a aircraft engineering training scheme where u study aero engineering while u earn money and at the end of the course, you will be employed by an airline as a junior employee.
But i would say the competition in the airline industry will be tough wherever you live, but dont give up hope.
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1952 times:
Airlines often retain engineers at there maitainance bases in several different capacities. Most I notice are there to act as a sort of liason between the manufacturer and the airline as they research and generate specific items such as structural repairs and modifications made in the field, ie: Some may be designing a skin repair, some designing a retrofit of an avionics system, IFE, some may just design moving the spare bulb kit from the side-wall in the cockpit to the rear wall of the cockpit, or beefing up of cockpit doors in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Just isolated examples. Many are not A&P's. -- The travelling/troubleshooting that you mention is somewhat different- although there are some techincal representatives ( or field service technicians, or wahtever they're called at a specific airline ) who are engineers, most who fill that job were A&P mechanics with many years of experience on a variety of A/C types owned by that specific airline. -- You will also find various representitives and engineers for the A/C or specific system thereof from the A/C manufacturer working at an airline. -- This is what I see from 18 years in the business, but I'm sure an engineer so employed can explain much better than I.