An aerospace engineer applies scientific and technological principles to research, design, develop, maintain and test the performance of civil and military aircraft, missiles, weapons systems, satellites and space vehicles. They also work on the different components that make up these aircraft and systems.

The role is focused on enhancing high-quality flight safety and standards as well as reducing system costs. Increasingly, the role addresses the environmental impact of air travel. Aeronautical engineering offers a wide range of roles in research, design, development, testing, manufacture and maintenance. Many engineers specialise in a particular area such as propulsion, computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamics or materials and structures. The aerospace industry is well established in the UK, and constant expansion in air travel means that large numbers of aeronautical engineers are needed.


In the UK over 300,000 people are employed in the defence industry, working in high-value jobs up and down the country. It is an expanding and well-established industry in the UK so now is a good time to further your career or begin your career in this innovative industry and take advantage of the career prospects on offer.

If you are considering starting a career in defence it is good to start by asking yourself - “what specific portion are you most interested in?” Aerospace, satellites, helicopters, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, thermodynamics, design, analysis, production systems and development are just a few of the areas you could find yourself working in if you chose a job in the Defence Sector.


Key articles for grads interested in aerospace and defence

Recruiters in this sector:

BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions.

British Airways

Graduates in British Airways have made such a difference to our business; it's no wonder we're looking for more.

Dstl - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) maximises the impact of science and technology on UK defence and security - across government.


easyJet is Europe’s leading airline flying more than 82 million passengers to more than 33 countries! But we’re not just known for our size and innovation, we’re known around the world for their incredible staff who are at the heart of everything we do.

ETL Systems

ETL Systems is a global engineering company that design and manufacture Radio Frequency (RF) equipment for the satellite communications industry.


Heathrow Airport is a city within a city. Joining us is a chance to build your career in an organisation that matters to millions.


KBR provide consulting, technology, engineering, and construction solutions for a wide range of markets, from aerospace and defence to energy and chemicals to intelligence and beyond.


As prime complex weapons contractor to the UK MoD, MBDA design and manufacture some of the most sophisticated technology for our armed forces. We are a multinational group with over 10,000 employees worldwide and offer a variety of opportunities in engineering and business.

Metropolitan Police Service

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement in Greater London.

Raytheon UK

Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specialising in defence, security and civil markets throughout the world.

Royal Air Force

Whether in the skies above Britain, or in airspaces around the world, it's our job to protect the United Kingdom against any form of threat.