Career Options and Job Opportunities
Aerospace engineers are involved in the development, design and manufacturing of aerospace
systems. Such systems include airplanes and helicopters, drones and uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAV), missiles, weapon systems, jet and rocket engines, and satellites.
The broad and balanced education the Technion aerospace graduates receive equips them with the tools and competence to serve in many scientific, technological and engineering fields. Expertise in different areas of operation allows these graduates to function as systems engineers in senior management positions in all hi-tech industries.
Most aerospace engineering graduates are employed by Israel Aircraft Industries, the Israeli Air Force, Israel Armament Development Authority - RAFAEL, Israel Military Industries and ELBIT Systems. Others are employed by small aerospace research and development companies and diverse private and government hi-tech companies involved in developing innovative cutting-edge technologies.
During their first three semesters, students receive a broad scientific foundation.
Afterwards, the core aerospace subjects are taught: Aerodynamics | Structures | Jet and Rocket Propulsion | Guidance | Navigation and Flight Control | Design and Manufacturing.
In their final year, students choose from a long list of elective courses in advanced subjects in aerospace sciences.
During the last two semesters students carry out a comprehensive aerospace design project, which relates to the broad knowledge they have acquired in class. Some of the projects extend beyond the analytical design stage and reach actual flight-testing.
An important segment of the student training is learning to use computers and software for different subjects such as solving complex engineering and scientific problems, computer-aided design and manufacturing, computerized graphic design and on-line real-time applications. Advanced modern computer labs are available to students, as well as diverse software tools.
Students are trained to conduct experimental work in the following teaching and research laboratories:
This laboratory deals with subsonic, transonic and supersonic flows. In the wind tunnels of the laboratory, heat transfer, pressure distribution, forces and moments acting on flight vehicles can be measured, investigating their aerodynamic and thermal characteristics.
Turbo and Jet Engines Laboratory
This laboratory focuses on jet engines and turbine behavior for military and civilian applications, including computerized simulation, experiments on jet engines and its components.
Propulsion and Combustion Laboratory
This laboratory deals with missile propulsion systems, focusing mainly on rocket, ramjet and scramjet motors. Due to the high temperatures and pressures involved, experiments are conducted in special test cells and are controlled remotely.
This laboratory is involved in guidance, navigation and flight control, the study of man-machine systems and more. The laboratory is equipped with a six-degrees of freedom dynamic flight simulator and other experimental facilities.
Aerospace Structures Laboratory
This laboratory specializes in developing experimental and analytical methods for research on the behavior of aerospace and other thin-walled structures in response to static and dynamic loads.
Design and Manufacturing Laboratory
This laboratory specializes in innovative methods of design and manufacturing processes. These include metallurgical tests, processing of plastic reinforced aerospace structural elements, low-cost manufacturing processes, electro-chemical and electro-erosive processes, construction of models from composite materials and CAD-CAM applications.