Aeronautical engineers perform and supervise engineering work concerned with the design, development, maintenance, manufacture and operation of flight vehicles. They focus on the form, arrangement and stability of structures and their movement through the air.
Aeronautical engineers assess mechanical systems, flight characteristics and aircraft performance to ensure that aircraft are airworthy. They design and maintain a variety of flight vehicles such as helicopters and civilian and military aeroplanes.
Aeronautical engineers working in aerospace can also work with missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and spacecraft.