Aeronautical Engineer (Occupation Code : 214403)
Performs and supervises engineering work concerned with the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and modification of aircraft for flight.
Applying the principles of science and technology to create aircraft, components and support equipment.
Establishing control standards and procedures to ensure efficient functioning and safety of machines, machinery, tools, engines, equipment or systems.
Maintaining aircraft for full operation including making regular inspections, maintenance and servicing.
Measuring and improving the performance of aircraft, components and systems.
Modifying designs to improve safety features or minimise fuel consumption and pollution.
Participating in flight test programmes to measure take-off distances, rate of climb, stall speeds, manoeuvrability and landing capacities.
Supervising the assembly of airframes and the installation of engines, instruments and other equipment.
Alternate Occupation Names
Aircraft Control Systems Engineer
Flight Test Pilot
Aircraft Production Engineer
Flight Test Engineer
Aircraft Electrical Engineer
Aircraft Safety Engineer
Avionics Systems Engineer
Aircraft Mechanical Engineer
Aircraft Electronics Engineer
Step 1 : Admission requirements
- NSC Bachelor Admission (BACH)
Admission into a Degree requires the achievement of a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with the minimum requirements for admission into a degree or a National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V). In addition, each education institution has its own unique entry requirements for each of its programmes. It is important to check the entry requirements for this programme with the institution of your choice before you apply.
Step 2 : General Qualification
Step 3 : Workplace experience
- Workplace experience (W1)
In order to register as a Professional Engineer at the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) you first have to register as a Candidate Engineer and gain three years of work experience.
Step 4 : Final assessment
- Professional Review (Engineer) (A1)
After completion of the candidate phase there is a professional review of the work experience by ECSA. You can apply for registration as a Professional Engineer after the review has been completed.
Step 5 : Designation
- Designation: Professional Engineer (D1)
Only engineers registered with ECSA may use the designation Professional Engineer. A designation is a title that a professional person may use (write behind her/his name) to indicate that she/he is fully qualified in a certain professional field and is a member of a professional body. It also indicates that the person subscribes to the code of conduct of that professional body.