How to become a wing designer: Zuzanna's story

Some people believe that after leaving school you've got to either do an apprenticeship or go to university. I'm doing both!

  • Zuzanna decided on an apprenticeship at the company Airbus, where she gets hands-on experience as well as getting a degree for free
  • She studied Triple Science at GCSE and went on to do Physics, Maths and Product Design at A-level
  • She knew she wanted to combine her love of Physics with her creativity. Her apprenticeship offers the perfect combination!
  • She and the team work on design solutions to make aircraft as efficient as possible
  • Zuzanna moved away from home for her apprenticeship, so feels she is getting the uni experience without the debt

The best part of my job is to see the parts I design get built and put on the aircraft.

Zuzanna's career path

Zuzanna's role as a wing designer is similar to being an aerospace engineer.

What to expect if you want to be an aerospace engineer

  • Aerospace engineer salary: Variable ranging from £20,000 to £60,000
  • Aerospace engineer working hours: Average from 35 to 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be an aerospace engineer?

  • Entry requirements: You'll usually need a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), foundation degree, or degree in Aerospace Engineering, Avionics, or a related subject. You could also start as an aerospace engineering technician apprentice and continue your training up to degree level.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Discover more on the Prospects website about the role of an aerospace engineer.

For careers advice in all parts of the UK visit: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Zoe: apprentice site engineer
Sally: civil engineer technician
Amy: Formula 1 engineer