Why get into aerospace, marine & military vehicles?
Governments around the world invest in military technology to ensure the safety of their citizens, airlines seek the most cost-effective options to transport their passengers and fleet operators require resilient ships that can cope with environmental changes and threats of piracy.
This relentless demand powers the aerospace, marine and military vehicles manufacturing industry, with huge contracts littering the news even during times of recession and government shortages. This work is reserved for the big boys: huge multinational companies that employ thousands of people and support a vast network of smaller organisations.
Why is this field so important?
National safety and security is a huge priority for the government. One common method they use is to invest heavily in defence infrastructure and vehicles, ensuring that in the eventuality of a terrorist attacks, conflict or war, they have a series of ‘deterrents’ at their disposal.
This is where the manufacturing industry comes into play. It provides a vast range of products to support naval, land and air services. However, it’s not only governments that have an appetite for these products; airlines, cruise companies and a variety of other organisations require boats, planes and heavy duty vehicles.
This area of manufacturing and production provides you with the opportunity to work on some of the most advanced technological production operations out there. You might also be working on projects that are shrouded in secrecy, given the sensitive nature of many of the products that these companies produce.
What will a career in aerospace, marine & military vehicles be like?
This is a serious industry. Gargantuan responsibilities rest on the shoulders of these companies to deliver products that can be highly destructive and/or indestructible. Given that a plane can now hold up to 600 people at a time, the pressure on the individuals producing the equipment is understandably huge.
Broadly speaking there are five key parts to the manufacturing process in this area, which in turn present five clear career opportunities:
Research departments make sure that concepts and production processes are investigated, sourced, explored and considered by expert engineers and consultants. Once the necessary research has been done, designs are created by a variety of specialists.
Once designs are signed off, simulations and prototype engineers ensure that the production can actually be done by producing prototypes. Once the prototypes are sufficiently tested (which can often take years and years), production engineers begin work on replicating the product on a commercial scale.
As these creations are often absolute beasts, the quality assurance and maintenance process required to make sure that everything is fit for purpose is incredibly detailed and extensive. Systems engineers and a plethora of other operational workers are required to ensure that these things stay upright when they’re on the ground, stay in the air or stay afloat.
If you see yourself creating Transformers in the near future, like some glorified Shia Labeouf, then a career in the aerospace, marine and military vehicles industry might be the one for you!