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Aerospace Aircraft Systems Engineering

  1. Aug 25, 2010 #1
    Hello all,

    I've been doing some research on the emerging field of Aircraft Systems Engineering. There are a few meanings of 'Systems Engineering' however, I'd like to focus on one for the topic of discussion.


    I am interested in this field and I wonder if any engineers on the board know of it and possibly know of its present state and/or where it is going.

    This field seems to have no clear cut definition in industry as almost every other recruiting ad has a different job description.

    I am planning to possibly pursue this choice of graduate study. Just to let you know, it is either this or Aircraft Flight Control Systems.

    Your input would be appreciated greatly.
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  3. Aug 25, 2010 #2


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    I'm fairly familiar with it. Systems Engineer are kind of like a Project Engineer. They are concerned with the entire product as a whole. Whereas Design Engineers are typically on a component-by-component basis, the systems engineer tries to make everything work nicely together.
  4. Aug 25, 2010 #3


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    Why is aircraft systems engineering an emerging field? Aircraft system design has been around since the '40s or '50s (although it may not have been called that specifically).

    When you think of an "aircraft system" what are you imagining?
  5. Aug 25, 2010 #4
    I didn't want to post too much from the link but here this may clarify it a bit more:

    The reason why I said/thought it was emerging is the scarcity of that particular role in job applications
  6. May 7, 2012 #5
    I have a great interest in this field, and I'm considering pursuing a graduate course in this. I would like to know what is required to pursue this profession. I have a degree in Aerospace Engineering and I am currently pursuing a B1/B2 licence while working as a maintenance planner and technician with an AMO. Is this experience relevant to working as an aircraft systems engineer?
  7. May 11, 2012 #6
    i even have a huge interest in this field.can i know what's the daily job of an aircraft maintenance engineering?and what's the personal requirement that is need to be an maintenance engineer? and more over,why do one want to be an aircraft maintenance engineer?
  8. Jun 16, 2012 #7
    Aircraft Systems Engineering is one of the fields that i plan to pursue as my higher studies. I love aircraft and want to work in a field related to aircraft as a whole rather than a component, like engines, control. i think pursuing this degree would give me a broad knowledge of aircraft system than any other program. however, at one point in the linked pdf, it says that "...tends to be the case more for military than commercial aircraft." I am an international student doing my undergraduate in the US. Since foreigners do not have a job prospect in the military /government aerospace programs here in the US, is this program not a good option for me then?
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