Aeronautical engineers are concerned with the manufacture, development and maintenance of technology relating to aircrafts. Engineers use detailed technical knowledge to improve flight safety, reduce costs and increasingly, address the environmental impact of air travel.
An ability to work under pressure and to deadline is important. Engineers may work from offices, or they may be based in aircraft workshops, production hangars or aeronautical laboratories. Local and national travel between sites can be necessary, while opportunities for international travel arise with professional courses and conferences and through working within international partnerships and consortiums.
Lengthy career breaks are difficult due to the need to keep up to date with recent technological developments.