Best overseas travel opportunities for UK aerospace engineers

Rebekah Valero-Lee Aerospace and Defence


Although there are plenty of job opportunities in for UK aerospace engineers, even more exist overseas. The demand for bigger aircrafts, heightened security and new technologies is expected to lead to a growth of the industry this year and a global net worth of $352.5 billion by 2023 – which means more opportunities for high-skilled aerospace workers abroad. Roles are available across manufacturing, design, research and development in some of the most sought-after destinations in the world. Here’s our top five!

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1. Australia – Melbourne

Over 800 companies work within Australia’s aerospace industry, a sector that generates approximately A$4 billion each year . The state of Victoria, described as “Australia’s manufacturing hub”, has over 100 companies located in this area alone, employing 17,000 people. BAE Systems and Boeing, two of the country’s largest defence providers, are located in the vibrant city of Melbourne, offering job opportunities for engineers at all levels in a beautiful, coastal destination.

2. France – Toulouse

Over 180,000 people are currently employed in France’s aerospace industry, with 21,000 of those working for Airbus Group in Toulouse, one of the country’s largest metropolises. Airbus Group has several industrial sites outside of the city which are the final assembly points, as well as a specialist training centre, Airbus’ Saint-Eloi factory and the company headquarters. Providing jobs across production, manufacturing and customer support, Airbus Group is one of the biggest employers in the region. With beautiful coral-coloured architecture, calming trips along the Garonne River and the liveliness of a bustling city, Toulouse makes a pleasing location to both live and work.

3. USA – San Diego

Since 2004, San Diego’s aerospace division has substantially grown, with aerospace employment rising by a massive 60% in the region. Approximately there are 85,000 aerospace workers in Southern California, which makes up a quarter of the industry’s national employment. Two naval bases and a marine base located in San Diego means even more opportunities for defence, while aviation companies currently residing in the city include GKN Aerospace, Cubic Corporation and SNC Space Systems. Known for its beaches, warm climate and museums, San Diego is a beautiful, calming destination full of opportunities.

4. Switzerland – Geneva

Did you know Switzerland is home to 500 aerospace companies? Jobs are available working with some of the biggest names in this sector, including Altran – based in Geneva, RUAG – based in Bern, Aurora Swiss Aerospace, Bombardier and AMAC. Over 52,000 full-time workers are employed in Swiss aerospace and aviation, across maintenance, repair and corporate flights. This country is a popular relocation destination, with the world-famous Swiss Alps, charming villages and relaxing lakeside destinations appealing to candidates.

5. Brazil – São Paulo

The third largest aircraft manufacturer, Embraer, is located in the busy state of São Paulo, Brazil, where it owns almost 90% of the local market. There are around 50 other companies working in this area linked to Embraer or subsidiaries of foreign aerospace companies, offering employment in manufacturing, design, maintenance and repair. São Paulo is one of the most populous cities in the world, with an estimated 20 million people living here. Expect astounding skyscrapers, gourmet restaurants, cultural museums and plenty of engineering opportunities.

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