What skills can really shine on an aeronautical engineer’s CV?

Aeronautical engineers use their technical know how to improve processes like flight safety, environmental impact of air travel and fuel efficiency. Some might even work alongside aircraft that operate in space.

The work environment for aeronautical engineers in multidisciplinary, so it’s essential to have a clear understanding of hoe aerospace engineering relates to other engineering disciplines. 

Before we hone in on the desired skills an aeronautical engineer should have, let’s quickly look at the essentials first. Whether you are applying for your first job in aerospace or you are an experienced professional, a few golden rules apply when you’re writing your CV:



Your CV should have a logical structure e.g. work experience should ideally start with your most recent experience (as it’s likely the most applicable). Each section should have a clear header to make it easy for a recruiter to identify key information. 


Two pages is the preferred length of a CV. Although you feel you might have more to give, a shorter, more tailored CV will be more impactful than a long CV that presents everything you’ve ever done in life…avoid this – you’re simply wasting the recruiter’s time. 


Everything in your CV should be relevant to the role you are applying for. This is why we always recommend tailoring your CV to the job…applying for 10 different jobs? You’ll need 10 versions of your CV that are specific to each company/role.


Give unique examples to back up any skills or experience included in your CV. This really helps to emphasise that you actually have them…we know this sounds a bit obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people have expressed skills that they have on their CV, only to be flunked at interview stage, or even worse, after getting the job…hiring the wrong person wastes everyone’s time involved.  


Or more importantly, a lack of…proofread your CV a few times, and ask someone else to read it too. The less mistakes, the better received your CV will be to a recruiter.


So, what about the desired skills you should have on your CV as an aeronautical engineer?


Key Skills 

  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Technical expertise (usually relevant to the role)
  • Creativity
  • Innovative thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Quality project management skills
  • Excellent time management
  • The ability to work under pressure/to deadlines



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