Transcript: Aerospace Engineer FAQs

What is ‘entry level’?

If a role is referred to as ‘entry level’, it means it’s suitable for applicants who don’t have a lot of experience. Often, entry-level roles still require a formal qualification, but not always. This entry-level role requires a higher education qualification and is looking for specific skills and knowledge, but not years of experience. It might suit a young professional who has recently finished their degree or someone who is re-entering the workforce in a new field.

What are ‘leave entitlements’?

‘Leave entitlements’ are the hours and days of paid leave that full-time and part-time workers receive. In Australia, full-time employees have the right to a minimum of four weeks of paid leave every year, in addition to other types of paid leave like sick leave and carer’s leave.

What is ‘salary packaging’?

‘Salary packaging’ is when employers take money from your salary to pay for other benefits you receive before your money is taxed. Everyone pays tax on the money they earn, but by salary packaging, you pay less tax on your income and still receive the goods or services that you want or need. It’s commonly used for things like superannuation, vehicles, electronic devices, and insurance.

For example, if you package a salary of $100,000 so that you receive:

  • $80,000 as income
  • and a $20,000 car allowance

you will only pay tax on the 80k income instead of $100k – meaning you will be able to put more of your income in the bank. Without salary packaging, you would pay tax on the 100k and still need to spend money on a car.

What are launch vehicles?

Launch vehicles are rocket-powered vessels used to carry spacecraft or satellites out of Earth’s atmosphere at very high velocity and into lower orbit around the planet, or into outer space!

What counts as an engineering discipline?

The engineering disciplines most relevant to this job role would be aerospace or mechanical engineering.

There are five traditional engineering disciplines which you might have heard of before – civil, chemical, electrical, structural and mechanical. But these days there are plenty of specialised engineering areas you can study and work in, like aerospace, biomedical, environmental, and agricultural engineering, just to name a few.

What is an NV Level 1 Security Clearance?

NV (Negative Vetting) Level 1 is a type of security clearance used by the Department of Defence. This type of security clearance gives employees access to classified information. To apply for NV1 clearance, the applicant needs to be an Australian citizen and provide references and in-depth background information going back at least 10 years.

This job’s requirement for NV1 clearance indicates that the role may involve working with government agencies and handling sensitive information.

What are CAD and SolidWorks?

CAD stands for ‘computer-aided design’, which is using computer-based software to build 2D and 3D models of designs. It’s a popular tool among many design-based professionals – like engineers, architects, and artists – because it allows them to put in exact information and see whether an idea is viable. CAD can also help find solutions to potential problems before something is even built. Using computer-based software means that it’s a lot easier and quicker to update design drafts than the traditional 2D plan drawn by hand.

CAD skills are an important part of modern engineering and design courses, and many universities offer units on them as part of their courses.

SolidWorks is a CAD software application. It allows users to create 3D models which can be used to test, display, and collaborate on the parameters, design, and features of a project.


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