Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace Engineers will work primarily within a specific Engineering discipline, such as Airframe, Design and Stress, Systems Integration, Support Engineering, Quality or Advanced Manufacturing/Manufacturing Engineering. They will focus on all aspects related to the full lifecycle of systems and products. Aerospace Engineers must comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements. They must be able to use and interpret engineering data and documentation such as engineering drawings, reports and computer generated models. They will be expected to work both individually and as part of an Engineering team, often comprising several disparate Engineering disciplines. They will be expected to design, develop, specify, analyse, test, validate and modify designs and solutions to satisfy Customer requirements and InService Operations. The requirements are designed to offer stretch and progression. They will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality, accuracy and timely delivery of the work they undertake. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.


  • complying with statutory, organisational, environmental, health and safety regulations
  • applying analytical methods (engineering mathematics – algebra, differentiation, function, geometry, trigonometry, statistics)
  • a wide range of technical skill sets that can be applied in a range of aerospace disciplines and contexts that could include research, development, design, procurement, logistics, planning, production, quality assurance, inspection, testing, installation, commissioning, maintenance, life cycle management, decommissioning and environmental compliance such as:
  • Planning what has to be done, when and by whom
  • Ensuring that resources are available and capable of achieving the required outcomes.
  • Allocating and deploying resources in a timely manner
  • Completing/project managing work outputs/programmes to the required specification
  • Monitoring programmes of work and report progress to appropriate personnel.
  • Agreeing any amendments to work specification/work requirements
  • Ensuring that quality assurance requirements are adhered to
  • Retaining and storing documentation and records for traceability


  • Understanding of the applicable regulatory and quality requirements as the systems and products mature through their development, qualification and In-Service phases.
  • Understanding of the engineering process & practices covering: mechanical/electrical/electronic systems design, design and stress analysis eg computer aided engineering techniques, systems design, integration & test, inservice and through product life support, advanced manufacturing, aerospace quality and governance.
  • Understanding of analytical methods (engineering mathematics – algebra, differentiation, function, geometry, trigonometry, statistics)
  • Understanding aeronautical sciences – stress, strain, static and dynamic systems, motion, force, electrical power and resistance, mass and weight
  • Understanding material sciences – selection and application, structures, properties and analytical testing


  • Knowledge and understanding: Commitment to continue personal development, refreshing and expanding Engineering knowledge through a variety of methods.
  • Design and development of processes, systems, services and products: Contributing to the continuing development of Engineering within their domain
  • Responsibility, management or leadership: Taking personal responsibility for their actions, Managing projects, including resource management within their remit.
  • Communication and inter-personal skills: Be able to demonstrate a range of communication styles and methods. Understanding the importance of networks within and across functions.
  • Professional commitment: Demonstrating a personal and professional commitment to society, their profession and the environment, adopting a set of values and behaviours that will maintain and enhance the reputation of the profession.

Entry Requirements

Academic qualifications of 240 UCAS points or above at A-Level standard or equivalent, to include Maths plus at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing, Electronics. Plus Five GCSEs at Grade A-C including Mathematics, English Language and Double Science or equivalent qualification. Apprentices without Level 2 Maths and English must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.


Typically 48 months – timescales may vary depending on occupational role and/or prior relevant qualifications / experience and Assessment of Prior Learning and Knowledge (APL/K) opportunities.

Professional Qualifications / Recognition

Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation (Foundation Competence)

Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence)

Level 6 Bachelor Honours Degree (BEng) Stipulated by the employer and accredited by an Engineering Council licenced Professional Engineering Institution

All of the qualification requirements in the foundation and development phases are mandatory outcomes for the completion and final certification of the Apprenticeship Standard. Each qualification has a core and options approach and employers will select the most applicable pathway and unit options to meet their organisational requirements. There will be an end point assessment during the final phase of the Apprenticeship where the apprentice will need to demonstrate to the employer how they have achieved full occupational competence against, skills, knowledge and behaviours, set out in the Standard On successful completion of the End Point assessment and employer endorsement phase (final sign off) apprentices will be then be put forward to be awarded their Apprenticeship completion certificate.

This Apprenticeship Standard aligns with the current edition of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) at Incorporated Engineering (IEng) level. The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for IEng and reaches the agreed level of professional competence as defined in the Assessment Plan.

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