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Chemical engineers working for space agencies?

  1. Apr 14, 2012 #1
    Hello. I am trying to choose between studying chemical engineering (MSc) or getting a master's degree as an engineer specializing in math&physics (yes, you can do that in my country).

    For this I have questions:

    1)Are chemical engineers needed in Space agencies? Perhaps working on spacecraft propulsion?
    2) Am I being realistic if I hope to get a job in the ESA if I choose to study math&physics?

    Honestly, I think I'd prefer studying chemical engineering, but I really like physics as well. If there is no realistic chance for me to get a job in a space agency as a chemical engineer, then this will probably tip the scale over to math&physics, for me.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2012
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  3. Apr 15, 2012 #2
    Chemical engineers can work in the aerospace sector although they don't primarily work on propulsion (aerospace engineers and mechanical engineers work primarily in the design of a rocket). Chemical engineers will mostly work on the material components of the space crafts but can certainly fill positions in navigation, materials design, and propulsion. It's a versatile degree that can let you work in a lot of places. Your best bet at propulsion engineering would be an aerospace or mechanical engineering degree.
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