The program’s enrollment has reached its 24-student capacity in each of the two school years GISD has offered classes. Students who enroll are taking their first steps into a potentially lucrative career field that is in demand.
Employment of aerospace engineers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s about 4,200 aerospace engineer jobs to be created. The average wage for an aerospace engineer employed in Texas in 2016 was $111,480.
“It is our responsibility to prepare students for their future, and part of that process is providing real-world, hands-on experience. Our aerospace engineering program is doing just that,” GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said. “Students are building and flying an airplane, working at our local airport, and benefiting from our mentors and volunteers who have decades of experience in the aviation field.”