Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineers design, develop, test and help produce commercial and military aircraft, surface effect vehicles, missiles, and other related hardware and systems for inside and outside of the atmosphere. They also design and develop hydrofoil ships, deep diving vessels for oceanographic research, and high-speed rail-type machines.

Beyond the classroom

If you decide to study aerospace engineering at WMU, you will have the opportunity to qualify for our departmental scholarships and become a member of the Sunseeker solar racing team or one of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences' 25 other student organizations, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which holds a AIAA Aircraft Competition each year with students competing nationally with other university students in creating an aircraft.

For hands-on experience in your major, you can work through the University's cooperative education program with a West Michigan company or apply for summer engineering internships locally or overseas in China, Germany or Korea.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in aerospace engineering are working as:

  • Scientists
  • Researchers
  • Engineers

Among the companies they work for are major aircraft and automotive manufacturers including:

  • Boeing Company
  • William International
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Cessna Aircraft Company

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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