The Aerospace Engineering Program at WPI offers students the option of a major or minor in Aerospace Engineering.

The major in Aerospace Engineering provides a comprehensive education in aeronautics and astronautics. It balances technical, mathematical, basic science, humanities, and social science courses with project work, and prepares students to become successful aerospace engineers or leaders in business, government, and society. 

The minor in Aerospace Engineering is available to students who are not AE majors but are interested in broadening their exposure to and understanding of aerospace engineering. The minor strengthens career preparation and allows students to expand the opportunities open in the aerospace industry.

Average Starting Salary

WPI Graduates:

  • Bachelor’s: $58,986
  • Master’s: $70,000 (2015)
  • PhD: N/A

Average National Starting Salary (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015): $66,110

Average National Starting Bachelor’s Degree Salary (reported by the NACE Salary Survey): $61,180

Download the WPI Post-Graduation Reports for more information on salaries.

Companies That Have Hired WPI Aerospace Engineers

  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Belcan Engineering Corporation
  • General Electric
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • PepsiCo
  • Raytheon Company
  • Space Exploration Technologies
  • U.S. Air Force

Download the WPI Post-Graduation Reports for more companies that have hired WPI graduates.

Sample Job Titles

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Aviation Safety Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Propulsion Systems Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Structural Design Engineer
  • Test Engineer

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Sample Graduate Schools

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Purdue University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sample Professional Associations and Clubs

Examples of MQPs

  • Design and Analysis for a CubeSat Mission
  • Design of a Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicle
  • Hydrokinetic Energy
  • Optical Emission Study of a Pulsed Plasma Thruster
  • Mechanical Autonomous Jellyfish

Visit WPI’s Electronic Projects Collection for more MQP titles.

Popular Industries for Aerospace Engineers

  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
  • Architectural Engineering and Related Services
  • Communications Equipment Manufacturing
  • Federal Executive Branch
  • Management Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
  • Navigational Measuring Electromedical and Control Instruments Manufacturing
  • Scientific Research and Development Services

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