By Miguel Angel Sanz Perez 16 Nov 2022 6 min read

My experience as an aerospace engineering student

Miguel Ángel Sanz Pérez is an Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Cadiz in Spain. He spoke to us about his experience of his studies so far, his career goals, and his tips for those who may be considering a career in Aerospace.


What made you decide to pursue a career in aerospace engineering?

Although flying has always been my true passion, we all know how expensive it is to enter a
flight academy and get the ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence), especially for a student who
doesn’t generate enough income. That’s why I decided to study Aerospace Engineering, which
is also related to planes. I’m projected to graduate next year, and I’m excited to develop myself
within the aeronautical industry.

Could you describe your experience as an aerospace engineering student so far?

The first year was a little bit disappointing for me. After finishing high school, I was eager
to learn a lot about aeronautics. Unfortunately, everything was much different from expected
since I had to study subjects that had nothing to do with planes, such as programming or
business management. However, the following years have been more enjoyable. Besides attending
more practical (and not so theoretical) classes, I’ve worked in teams with other students and
participated in different projects.

The fact of being an engineering student opens many doors to job opportunities. In my case,
I’ve been offered a couple jobs during the last few months. It’s also helped me apply for a few
scholarships, like Iberia’s cadet programme. However, I’m declining every offer at the moment,
at least until I complete my studies.

What has been the most challenging part of your studies?

As it happens in many other careers, Aerospace Engineering students have to face very
difficult subjects. In my opinion, the hardest ones are, by far, thermodynamics and aerodynamics.
There is a lot of content to learn in just 4-5 months, and even if you spend much time studying,
you need to have a good knowledge of maths and physics to pass the exams.

What aspect of your studies do you enjoy the most?

I’ve taken many practical lessons, which I think are the most useful ones, because you can
learn a lot without opening a book. Of course, it depends on the subject.

Definitely, flight simulation is what I’ve enjoyed the most. At the faculty, students make use of
simulators and are trained in instrument flight, in other words, non-visual flight. Unfortunately,
this is something you cannot learn in all universities. Also, I’d like to mention the classes at
the mechanical workshop, where I practised injection moulding, CNC machining and water jet

What are your career goals for the future?

I’m projected to graduate next year. After that, I’d like to go abroad and get some experience
working for an aerospace company. Even the motoring world is a real option, as they need
engineers who know about aerodynamics.

Also, becoming a pilot is still possible. Some airlines and flight academies offer their own
cadet programme and, sometimes, they help you pay for the course. I’ve already reached the final
stage of two selection processes, and the fact of being in possession of an Aerospace Engineering
Degree would increase my chances if I tried again in the future.

What advice would you give to people who are interested in becoming aerospace engineers?

If this is what you want to do, then do it. Of course, it won’t be easy but, if you’re commited
and work hard, you won’t have any problem. Also, if you feel this is your true passion, you will
really enjoy studying Aerospace Engineering, and that will make it easier for you, but remember
these words: study, study and study since the very first day! Believe me, it doesn’t look so
difficult at the beginning, but you must stay focused.


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