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Aerospace engineer (level 6)

Creating aircraft components and equipment, specialising in a specific engineering discipline (for example - airframe, design and stress, systems integration, support engineering or manufacturing engineering).

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
48 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Aerodynamics engineer
  • Aerospace design engineer
  • Aerospace manufacturing engineer
  • Aerospace materials engineer
  • Aerospace research & development engineer
  • Aerospace support engineer
  • Aerospace test engineer
  • Aircraft integration engineer
  • Aircraft systems engineer
  • Airframe structures engineer
  • Airworthiness engineer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Communicate with stakeholders: verbal and written.
  • Write reports: data, technical information, drawings, outcomes and recommendations
  • Present information. For example, presenting project progress and key performance information (KPI's) such as cost, quality, time, risk and opportunities. Presenting technical results or trade studies into design reviews.
  • Use information technology: digital tools for presentation of data, digital communication and collaboration packages.
  • Use information technology: digital tools for engineering activities, configuration management, research and analysis. For example, exploiting data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Use problem solving tools and techniques, for example: Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Process Failure Modes Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Fishbone and Practical Problem Solving (PPS).
  • Use continuous improvement methodologies. For example, Kaizen, Lean manufacturing and Kanban.
  • Produce and review design solutions, drawings, sketches using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and manual systems.
  • Model real-world systems and products using, for example Computer Aided Modelling (CAM), Finite Element Modelling (FEM), Model Based System Engineering (MBSE).
  • Assess different designs to identify solutions for a given aerospace engineering application and environment.
  • Produce systems solutions considering integrated structural engineering designs.
  • Develop and execute test plans to support aerospace product validation and approval.
  • Design functional aerospace systems and assemblies from component level. For example, designing elements of a landing gear to produce a complete landing system.
  • Apply project management techniques. For example, estimating, programming, risk, cost and budget control, time management and resource management.
  • Identify and comply with legal and statutory requirements. For example, health and safety, environmental protection, sustainability, aerospace certification requirements and data protection.
  • Plan and manage own time.
  • Work with and lead others including, negotiation, conflict management and developing others.

Full information on Aerospace engineer (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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