Aerospace

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Aerospace or aeronautical engineering are basically forms of engineering that focus on the science, development, design, construction and testing of aircrafts and spacecrafts. Aeronautical engineering is a branch of aerospace engineering.

To be more specific, aeronautical engineering refers to crafts that operate within the atmosphere of the earth while aerospace or astronautical engineering looks at crafts that leave the atmosphere of the earth.

Aerospace and aeronautical engineers play a very important role in the design of technologies for aviation and defence systems. They are also involved in more specific crafts such as commercial and military crafts.

Those interested in pursuing studies in aerospace or aeronautical engineering will take courses in subjects such as aerodynamics, control systems, materials, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and aircraft structures.

Pathway
Aerospace Engineering is the result of a combination of Engineering Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering. Each discipline are defined as:

  • Aeronautical Engineering – Branch science and applications relating to aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, aircraft mechanics, aircraft stability and control.
  • Astronautics Engineering – Branch science and applications associated with orbital mechanics, space environment, determination and height control, telecommunications, aerospace structures, and rocket propulsion.

A degree in aerospace engineering provides you the knowledge and skills on how to design and create vehicles and systems for atmospheric and space environments. It takes approximately 4 years to complete a Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace. Most of the programmes are generated from various engineering disciplines with an emphasis on airplanes, spacecraft and satellite technology.

The program combines knowledge from various fields such as Aeronautics, Astronautics, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Engineering, Computer Programming and Training Industry.

Subject Focus
SPM

  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • MUET

University Level

  • Electric Circuits
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Engineering Lab
  • Engineering calculus
  • Electronics
  • Dynamics
  • Programming for Engineers
  • English
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermal & Material Science
  • Flight Principles
  • Manufacturing Processes
Personality Type

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Myers-Briggs: ISTJ, ESTJ, INTP, ENTJ

These types all share the Thinking preference (T), or a preference for objective decision making as opposed to taking into account personal values in making decisions.

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Holland Vocational Code: IAR (Investigative, Artistic, Realistic)

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Career Info
Aerospace engineers design aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, and satellites. They receive proposals for projects and evaluate them for a variety of factors. They can develop new technologies in these fields, designing new types of aerospace products.Aerospace engineers must determine if the proposed project will be technically possible, financially possible, and safe. They will determine if the product meets the needs of the customer, can surpass environmental challenges, and can meet engineering principles.

Below are jobs that are directly related to your degree and jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Maintenance engineer
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Control and instrumentation engineer
  • Energy engineer
  • Production manager
  • Quality manager
  • Structural engineer
Salary
Entry Level: RM 3,000 to RM 6,500Professional: RM 10,000 to RM 20,000

Job Demand
In Malaysia: Malaysia’s aerospace industry specializes in composite designs and manufacturing as well as aircraft component design and manufacturing.The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has approved a number of aerospace industry-related projects with investments that is worth billions. There are several projects approved in the maintenance, repair and overhaul business, several projects in the manufacturing sector, and a few research and development designs. These projects aim to move the local aerospace sector in terms of value chain.

This will help establish the human capital development infrastructure to sustain this investment. Besides aerospace, organizations are looking at expanding the collaboration with sectors like railway and automotive, pharmaceutical and oil and gas consultant.

Overseas: The UK aerospace sector is well established and dominated by large multinationals that produce many diverse products and have locations across the world. Manufacturing ‘hubs’ are in the South West, North West, Midlands, Northern Ireland, Wales and the South East.

Most of the high value design works in Malaysia are being outsourced to Taiwan, South Korea and India. Malaysia’s aerospace industry specializes in composite designs and manufacturing. This allows more opportunities for graduates to test their skills and ambition abroad.

Useful Links

The Aerospace Corporation

Aerospace Malaysia Innovative Centre

Department of Aerospace Engineering (India)

Strand Aerospace Malaysia

Malaysian Industry-Government

Zetro Aerospace Corporation

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