What is Aerospace Engineering?
The field of engineering is dedicated to using math and science together to solve problems, design creative solutions, and make products, systems, and processes better. Aerospace engineering focuses these activities on aircraft. Aerospace engineering touches virtually every part and every system of the aircraft, from the mechanisms that keep the plane aloft to systems that move potable water from one tank to another.
An aerospace engineering project may be driven by any of a number of goals: designing a new product, solving a recurring problem, finding an alternative that saves money, making an existing product more compact for a tight fit, and more. The applications for aerospace engineering are virtually unlimited.
What are Upcoming Aerospace Trends?
Many things about the aerospace industry are changing, driven by both consumer and industry interests.
Overall interest in space travel is growing. For years, the only major players were NASA and SpaceX, but many smaller, private companies are starting to announce their own plans for outer space activities. Manufacturing, solar power, and tourism are just a few industries that are expanding beyond earth’s atmosphere.
Advanced air mobility (AAM) is becoming a hot topic in many circles. AAM refers to any activity that incorporates aerospace technology into areas and industries that didn’t leverage it. This might include urban transportation and public services, cargo transportation, and more.
Demand for sustainable practices is growing in both B2B and B2C sectors of the aerospace industry. Consumers and manufacturers alike are calling for lower emissions, more sustainable aerospace manufacturing solutions, recyclable material usage, and more.
What Sort of Work do Aerospace Engineers Do?
Aerospace engineers have many career paths to choose from, given the versatility of their skillset. An aerospace engineer may design aircraft and spacecraft parts, components, and systems. They may work in drafting and build blueprints and technical schematics. They may choose more of a leadership role, guiding teams of other engineers and support stuff. They may pivot to sales or business development and work directly with customers. They may teach future aerospace engineers in a college or university setting as a professor. Because aerospace engineering is such a diverse field, professionals with a wide range of interests and personality types can find satisfying careers.
NMG’s Most Frequently Asked Questions
How Does NMG Ensure Quality Processes?
Every single member of the NMG Aerospace team undergoes intensive training in lean manufacturing, so we share a unified vision for continuous improvement. As a result, we’re always working together to ensure quality and consistency, and we’ve spent years fine tuning all of our systems to be as efficient and reliable as possible. This is an internally motivated commitment, one that we adhere to for every job, alongside any specific requests from our customers.
We also work closely with our clients to learn about their own quality commitments and expectations. We tweak our processes and put extra guardrails in place as necessary based on what they ask for, and we check in regularly to make sure we’re on the same page.
Does NMG Aerospace Focus on Sustainability?
Yes, NMG is always exploring new ways to improve the sustainability of our operations. Here are a few of our current practices:
- Material recycling and reduction. We strive to recycle metal chips, rejected parts, and other material scraps whenever possible. We also place smaller stock orders, so there’s less material leftover at the end of every aerospace manufacturing project, and we always try to rework a part before discarding it.
- Better facility practices. We’ve made a few changes to the way our aerospace manufacturing facilities operate to lower our carbon footprint. Lots of our lights turn off automatically, and we’re exploring ways to cut down on water usage. There’s always room for improvement in this area, and we’re dedicated to continuous investigation of changes we can implement right here.
- More efficient packaging. We have a lot of strategies for ensuring right-size packaging for every order, so we’re not shipping everything in oversized boxes or crates that require more material than necessary.
Can NMG Aerospace take over existing orders with other manufacturers?
Yes, we have a strong track record of this. Here are two examples:
- NMG and a second supplier were working simultaneously to make a part. The second supplier suffered a setback. NMG had the foresight to prepare for the possibility of absorbing whatever work the second supplier couldn’t complete and thus was able to take over right away.
- NMG retrofitted an entire fleet of business aircraft with new parts after the first iteration, manufactured by a different supplier, failed to meet expectations.
Aerospace Manufacturing & Engineering From NMG
If you have other questions about aerospace manufacturing and aerospace engineering, talk to NMG Aerospace. We’ve been in the aerospace manufacturing business for decades, so you can count on us to offer the expertise, perspective, and guidance you’re looking for. Whether you’re working on a brand new project, hoping to make improvements on an existing product, or seeking help with a challenge, we can help.