#1
Well i'm looking to pick up this course and i was wondering if there was anyone on here who's done it or is doing it and wanted to know how interesting, gruelling, crazy, fun, bad, etc... it is.. and what all would i be looking to learn.

Anyone ??

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im currently first year mechanical engineering at the uni of nottingham. aerospace is one of the options to specialise in later in the course. i fancy doing automotive though. its hard work at first, but hella worth it....at least i hope it will be
#5
I studied aerospace engineering in ngee ann poly, singapore. Dropped out after the first year. (Or rather transfered to another course)

Its tough, thats for sure. Not gruelling, but definitely tough.. but if you have your math and physics down, you got half of the first and second year down. The rest of the modules are basically what you will learn in any other engineering courses, just shaped a little more to the aerospace industry. In a nutshell, its just like any other engineering course- you need to learn a ****load of math.

A question: Are you going for a diploma or a degree? If you are going for a diploma, in my coutry at least, its easier to go for a basic engineering course eg mechanical eng. and go for a aerospace degree after. It supposedly saves you a hell of a lot of work.
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**** yeah all my courses ive applied for link to it some way

aerospace engineering

mechanical engineering with aeronautics.


i wanna build some focking fighter jets.

Im sitting on a bbc atm and thats sweet for 4/5 of the courses! excited as ****!
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im currently first year mechanical engineering at the uni of nottingham. aerospace is one of the options to specialise in later in the course. i fancy doing automotive though. its hard work at first, but hella worth it....at least i hope it will be


Wow, me too.
Scary.

I'm doing aerospace. Course is boring at the moment (just doing modules like fluid mechanics, maths etc.) but I'm good at it so I suppose I might as well carry on. I think it'll get more interesting in 3rd and 4th years where we'll do some aerospace modules.
#11
Hey thanks...see im really confused...i do love planes !! I mean i love building rc planes and experimenting so i thought hey maybe this is what i'd love to do !!!

But i'm not sure if it's worth it cause even though you do what you love, you still need money and i've heard that job oppurtunities are low and the pay isn't much ??

Any idea ??
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Hey thanks...see im really confused...i do love planes !! I mean i love building rc planes and experimenting so i thought hey maybe this is what i'd love to do !!!

But i'm not sure if it's worth it cause even though you do what you love, you still need money and i've heard that job oppurtunities are low and the pay isn't much ??

Any idea ??


erm, no job opportunities are high and pay well, for any physics related courses.
#13
Dude that is one of the hardest things you can study. You've got be very intelligent and hard working to even have a chance of graduating. Only a hand full of people graduates where I live, and believe me, many are trying. But hell, it's indeed interesting, so if you think you can do it - go for it.
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I'm doing Aerospace Engineering right now at the University of Colorado. It's pretty ****ing crazy. It's a lot of work, and the work is difficult. It's going to be different at each school you look at, but it's all pretty much the same: You get a healthy dose of aircraft (aerodynamics, gas turbine propulsion, aircraft dynamics and control) and a healthy dose of spacecraft (attitude dynamics and control, orbital mechanics, rocket propulsion).

If you think designing interplanetary missions, looking at the dynamics responses of F4 fighter jets, and calculating the thrust required to get you to LEO is cool, go for it. I find that Aero engineers can do just about any kind of engineer, as we get to do the statics (sum of forces = 0, heh) and dynamics (sum of forces =/= 0, ****!). You could go work for Lockheed and do military sateliites; you could go work for Boeing and do commerical jetliners; you could work for Northrop Grumman and build helicopters.

Basically, aerospace engineering is teh pwn. My life in school is non-stop work, but I can tell you how a plane flies or why the Shuttle is a piece of ****.

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EDIT:

A bit about the job market...

If you're an aerospace engineer graduating in the next 10 years, get your degree and you're guaranteed a job. One of the biggest misconceptions from "outsiders" (lol) is that the field is so specialized that there aren't an job opportunities. False!

1.) The private space market is blowing up.
2.) The gov't (NASA, basically) market is about to get a kick in the ass with Orion.
3.) The baby boomers are retiring. More than about 25% of the aerospace engineers are up for retirement this year. This will only get worse. This means more jobs for you!

This goes for all engineering, really: The US is severely lacking in engineers. I think we graduate less than 100,000 engineers every year, whereas China and India are putting out 250,000+ every year. There aren't enough engineers, and there aren't enough aerospace engineers.

A lot of bitchy mechanical and electrical engineers will tell you, "They can hire one of us to do your job," but ask them to find do orbit determination using Gibb's method and they'll **** bricks. They have their specialties, and we have ours.


EDIT2:

About pay, if your GPA isn't below 3.0, you can expect more than $60,000/year salary. Get an MS degree and you can up that by a few percent, plus you get more job opportunities with an MS than with just a BS. I'm expecting $65,000-$70,000 since I have a good GPA and will be getting a combined BS/MS degree (only 6 in my class could even fill out the application); one of my buddies just got hired at Lockheed and is going to do systems integration on the CEV (Orion); he's expecting a 6-10% raise every year he puts out good work. I've also know kids who get less than $60,000 a year, only because they're dumb and can't get hired by companies that are good to work for.
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So it is fun and worth it and not impossible right ?
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#16
I'm thinking of going into Mechanical Engineering. How good do my maths and Physics have to be? Like I get mechanics and most of maths, I just really need to get my exam practice and revision sorted.
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#17
I was going to take AeroEng but changed my mind and did physics instead. I know loads of people taking it though...hard work like any science/engineering degree but well worth the effort if you put the work in.
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So it is fun and worth it and not impossible right ?

Not impossible. Sometimes very not fun. It's just like any other engineering, really, but pretty specialized. A lot of kids walk into sophomore year thinking they love space and planes when they really, really don't.

I think it's going to be worth it, at least for me. One of my life's goals is to be invited to dinner with my girlfriend's parents, and when her father asks me, "What do you do for a living?" I want to be able to say, "If I told you, I'd have to kill you."
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My interests mainly lie in making anythin and launchin it the **** to mars or somethin You get the idea
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#20
well i want to do it i want hands on work,i dont wanna be a lawyer or a doctor, and i dotn wanna sit behind a desk doing ****ing acounts or **** for the rest of my life. i want an interesting job, i wanna design things..., im good at maths i just havent applied myself at school because im quite lazy and i have a teacher whose teaching style does not suit me in the slightest. neither does the fact that i sit around very talkative people in my class..ive had slight trouble understanding trigonometrical equations and differentiation/integration(the cos tan and sin ones), simply because my teacher is ****.

But any other integration like logs or the like im fine with. And i know integration/differentiation is massive in engineering.

How much time do you get for partying some of you guys that do it?
i do love my partying. but i am willing tohit the books and learn **** and do the calculations learn the formulas. Im excited about the practical work, i love being in the lab working with stuff.
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Only on UG would we find someone mad enough to attempt to pilot that heap of shit.

I ll fly it!
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