1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Engineering Aerospace transferable skills?

  1. Sep 19, 2016 #1
    I would like to know what are some transferable skills a mechanical engineer working in the aerospace industry for some years could bring to other engineering areas (like renewable energies, oil and gas, structures, manufacture...).
    Preferably, areas of expertise in the field of fluid dynamics, heat transfer... A aerospace engineer might have good engineering skills in fields like aerodynamics and all the science involved involved with propulsion. What are some other areas where those could be applied?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 21, 2016 #2
    Without inside expertise, I would say that thermodynamics (heat transfer) is perhaps the single most relevant expertise you may have. Aerospace engineering is an umbrella term for multiple disciplines, all of which are limited (in efficiency) by the laws of thermodynamics. Mechanical engineering is an integral part of propulsion for example. Increased efficiency in the takeoff and landing phases of flight are a high priority. In spaceflight applications, there's a lot of problems that a mechanical engineer could tackle, all of which revolve around efficiency- the most notable of which are more efficient/ sustainable habs and life support systems. The problem of resources having weight (therefore adding to energy expenditure) is a constant in spaceflight applications, and the engineer who could come up with integrated systems to reduce waste or lightweight, efficient generators that could be powered by astronauts to extend the electrical life of mission equipment would be well met. Not sure if that helps at all.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted



Similar Discussions: Aerospace transferable skills?
  1. Tutoring Skills (Replies: 6)

  2. Aerospace Interships (Replies: 1)

  3. Aerospace Engineering (Replies: 1)

Loading...