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College Aerospace Engineering Preparation for the High School Student

written by: Jassi•edited by: Amanda Grove•updated: 8/18/2010

Are you interested in joining aerospace engineering but worried about a tough course? Here are a few tips on preparations you can make at high school level. Read on to learn more.

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    Preparing for a career had never been easy. The ones who aspire to be an aerospace engineer have a lot to do for college preparation. Not only is the study course difficult, but also the job part.

    Gone are the days when students used to think about their career after a long, directionless tread into graduate or even post graduate courses, without caring what they aspire to be. Education has become all-the-more expensive and so has time. Students think of their future career interest and plan education accordingly, rather than getting a degree and then planning a career. The age-old illusion of starting a career after college is a thing of past. Students start preparing for their career during their high school years. Let’s have a look at the preparations a high school student should do for a career in aerospace engineering.

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    Graduate Courses in Aerodynamics

    An aerodynamics engineering student is made to undergo education in various technical subjects resembling the technical and complex jobs he is expected to handle on field. He is prepared to face the harsh realities that he shall face in future.

    Expectations from a prospective aerodynamics student:

    A college providing education in aerodynamics expects a new entrant to be of sharp mind, able to solve problems within seconds and grasp things quickly. He is asked to study complex subjects like mathematics, physics and chemistry, though not in much detail. He must be good at both mathematics and science.

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    High School Study

    The toil and moil starts at high school itself. An aerodynamics student is expected to solve complex mathematical problems not only quickly but correctly. One must try to master the subject, especially calculus. The mathematics syllabus at a high school level is much easier as compared to engineering level. A student can constantly work on improving his skills by practicing certain problems again and again. He can also purchase additional study materials and books to prepare himself for the future.

    Generally a good mathematics courses must include the following subjects:

    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry
    • Mathematics Analysis
    • Calculus
    • Computer Science

    Apart from mathematics, the student must have a strong science background as well. A high school curriculum for science includes biology, chemistry and physics. Though an aerodynamics student is not expected to do anything with biology, he must have strong foundation in physics and chemistry.

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    Good Communication Skills

    An aerodynamics engineer is expected to have good communication and drafting skills. He should be good in English and other languages as well. He must be able to express his views and thoughts in a comprehensible manner, otherwise the whole essence of pursuing engineering shall be lost.

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    Stay in Touch with Experienced People

    It’s always an added advantage to stay in touch with those who are either employed in aerodynamics industry or who are pursuing the course. Talking to such people shall give you insights about these courses and shall help in inculcating a target-oriented approach. In all probability these people are expected to have passed through same stages as a beginner. Experience helps and a frank discussion can help in giving a direction to reach your destination easily. Start the process early with college preparation for an aerospace engineering career path.

    References:

    1. Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics available at: http://www.ae.utexas.edu/what_is_aero.html