Aerospace Mission Critical Software Designer

The aerospace engineering field and industry has been termed as one of the fastest growing industries. There has been a sudden rise in the requirement of man power in the industry. The influx of IT technology improvement into the aerospace and avionics industry in more than one arena of its functioning, and has increased the demand for IT professionals in the avionics industry.

The avionics and the aerospace industries are also outsourcing the software and IT requirements of the companies to various software designing giants in America and India. The software companies are required by the industry to design mission critical software, safety and security software, and even software solutions for large organizations.

There are several technically qualified engineers in the industry, but they are not software professionals at the same time and that is why the industry is dependent on software companies to provide IT integrated solutions to them. The ideal candidates who would fit into this IT avionics area are people who have studied avionics or aerospace engineering and also have software knowledge.

Not everyone who has done a professional education in the aerospace field finds a job in the same industry. Sometimes they have to get additional qualifications like software design courses to find jobs. A candidate who has done this is ideal for programming mission critical software and security software for the industry. Only a person who understands the avionics and aerospace technology will be able to design the software well.


A Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical engineering is the most basic education to consider a career in the Avionics and Aerospace industry. This is the bottom line qualification. After completing this, one has to acquire further education like MS and specialization in avionics systems or aerospace.

With the inception of IT into the aerospace technologies, the methodology and the airline equipment has become much more complicated. Because of this phenomenon, the person who is considering a career in the avionics industry should be computer literate and also should know the designing languages if possible.

They should know the software functioning of the various machines as well as doing the job. For designing mission critical software, one has to be an Avionics engineer and a software programmer to do the job. Software knowledge of AutoCAD and Catia is a must.

Education required

BS or MS in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering
AutoCAD/ Catia


The jobs in this category can start from mid level to a team lead position. So the required skills may differ based on the position sought in the company. Overall, the software programmer is expected to work well in the team, have an excellent industry knowledge, technical knowledge and software programming language knowledge.

The person should have good logic and reasoning abilities to create programs. They should also be able to understand the client’s needs and design the programs accordingly, and should also have innovative ideas to develop and present. Whereas a team led in the same job should be able to encourage and deliver the programs on time, be extremely good in people management skills, and also be able to work along with the team to deliver the desired results.

Often the industry experts complain that the desired result is not obtained because there is a lot of gaps between the industry and the software itself, and this gap is very difficult to bridge because of the lack of knowledge.

More and more companies prefer knowledge experts who can program rather than programming experts who have minimal knowledge. A mid level career position in this industry can fetch a monthly salary of about $5000 as a starter and team leader can get paid up to $6500.

Expected Salary

Beginners: $4000 to $5000
Mid Level: $5000 to $6500
Experts: $6000 to $7000

Editorial Team at Geekinterview is a team of HR and Career Advice members led by Chandra Vennapoosa.

Editorial Team – who has written posts on Online Learning.

Pin It