Many international students that come to study in the United States pursue an MS in Aerospace Engineering.
- Aerospace Engineers primarily deal with the design of aircrafts, space crafts, satellites and missiles.
- In addition, they test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.
How Can I Find a Job in Aerospace Engineering?
Finding a job in the Aerospace Engineering industry in the U.S. can be difficult for an international student on an F1 Visa or J1 Visa.
- The U.S. Government controls exports of sensitive equipment, software and technology as a means to promote national security interests and foreign policy objectives.
- Most of the Aerospace Engineering industry falls under this export control system due to their work in military, space and aviation.
- In terms of the practical effect of this to finding a job, most firms and/or jobs will require that a candidate be a U.S. Citizen or green card holder and the job will require a security clearance.
- Thus, it can be difficult for a foreign national to be eligible for employment within the industry.
However, there are some firms that will hire foreign nationals within the Aerospace Engineering industry. T
- here are not many positions available but if an international student remains dedicated and does all they can to separate themselves from their peers, they may be able to land a coveted job at a U.S. firm.
- If an international student has excellent grades and the right credentials, firms will make the effort and find them a spot.
What Firms Hire International Student Aerospace Engineers?
Some firms that do hire international students are:
- Gulfstream Aerospace
- Rockwell Collins
- The Boeing Company
- Cessna Aircraft Company
- Recaro Aircraft Seating Americas
- Honeywell International
- Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)
- Airbus Americas Engineering
Please see a list of additional U.S. firms within the Aerospace Engineering industry that current have H1B visa holders employed provided by myvisajobs.com.
What Other Options are There?
There are many instances of international students acquiring an internship at a smaller firm within the Aerospace Engineering industry and then working their way up to opportunities at larger companies.
- There are plenty of small aircraft manufacturing companies in the U.S.
- These companies make light, sports aircrafts for personal use and small businesses, and thus do not full under the export control system and do not have the requirements of being a permanent resident to work for them.
- However, the Aerospace Engineering industry in the U.S. is not the only option for an international student studying in the U.S. Many return to their home country and seek employment there.
- In many countries, the aerospace sector is expanding and thus the value of having a U.S. degree in that field can be lucrative and offer employment opportunity.
What If an International Student Can’t Get an Aerospace Engineering Job?
- Gaining an MS in Aerospace Engineering is a reputable degree and many international students find that they can find employment in other industries, such as automotive or commercial vehicle settings.
- Joining the financial industry as an analyst can be an opportunity as well.
- Financial firms are always looking for talented, smart people, and do not necessarily limit their search to those with business backgrounds.
Another option for international students is to continue their studies within the Aerospace Engineering field by pursuing a PhD after their MS.
- This may give an international student the opportunity to attain a green card under the EB-1.
- For more information about the EB-1, please visit Employment-Based Immigration: First Preference EB-1.
- This requires publishing papers in esteemed journals and jumping through fewer hoops than the Employment-Based Immigration: Second Preference EB-2 which will have a long wait line.
An international student pursuing an MS in Aerospace Engineering does have options in attaining employment after graduating.
- While it is difficult for a foreign national to be employed by many firms and roles within the industry due to the export control system and security clearance, there are some firms that hire international students.
- With a degree from a U.S. institution, finding a job back home in the aerospace sector can be a lucrative option, too.
- Companies in the U.S. don’t necessarily hire directly from degrees that our relevant to their industry and because an MS in Aerospace Engineering is a reputable degree, graduates can often find opportunities in different industries.
We recommend researching and reaching out to the prospective programs that you as an international student have interest in. Those programs will be able to provide many resources and give you a better picture in terms of your job prospects after completing their program.
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