Test and evaluate the strength of materials used in aerospace systems.
What does a Stress Analyst do?
A Stress Analyst deals with stress, but not of the human variety. Instead, a Stress Analyst is an Engineer who focuses on evaluating the stability of materials used to manufacture aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. The tests performed make the flying machines safer for passengers, and ensure that the product remains intact while in use.
As a Stress Analyst, you fall under the general category of Aerospace Engineers, and you work with Aerospace Technicians, Flight Engineers, and Product Safety Specialists. Using your background in mathematics, engineering, physics, aerodynamics, communications, English, and chemistry, you test equipment and make recommendations on possible improvements.
With your experience in the scientific arena, you develop design criteria for aeronautical or aerospace products and systems. For example, when considering a new material for the construction of airplanes, you first need to know more about it. You design laboratory experiments that evaluate the material’s ability to withstand extreme cold and heat, wind speeds, and other environmental stressors.
Upon completion of the experiments, you determine that the material is suitable. You then proceed to find out if it’s cost-effective to build an aircraft using the material in question.
Your attention to detail and accuracy skills have never been more important, as lives depend on them. One small oversight could result in the project’s failure at best, and tragedy at worst. Using your superb communication skills, you put your findings into reports and presentations for Supervisors and potential project funders.
The (human) stress of the position can be tough, but when you and your family members step into an airplane for your next vacation, the pride and security you’ll feel are immeasurable!