Space industryThe space industry offers many opportunities to engineers who wish to do pioneering work for the betterment of our society. Space technology benefits our daily lives with services like Earth observation, telecommunication, navigation and many more. Space engineers constantly innovate and push the boundaries of engineering to explore space. This helps us to understand the universe and to extend our footprint as humanity.
The global space economy is experiencing continuous growth. The workfoce in the space industry is interdisciplinary and multi-cultural. The 21th century introduced the era of space democratization. Private space companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin and many more utilize the newest technologies, agile engineering methods and smart manufacturing processes to enable access to space for everyone. A global space industry with tens of thousands of satellite manufacturers, suppliers and service providers is driving “New Space” innovation.
MSE graduates take part in shaping the industry in all its trend areas like small satellite technologies, micro-launchers, space robotics, human spaceflight, Earth observation and more. The Chair of Space Technology, with more than 20 small satellites in orbit, offers the ideal environment to learn and conduct research on the cutting edge.
Career pathsThe degree M.Sc. in Space Engineering opens a world of opportunities. The space sector is looking for young professionals with excellent knowledge in space technology and furthermore with intercultural and interdisciplinary skills. Space engineers can pursue paths in the industry, research, management, academia or in a combination of all.
The types of employers typically are:
- National and international space agencies (e.g. DLR, ESA, NASA)
- Large systems integrators (e.g. Airbus D&S, OHB, SpaceX)
- SMEs providing technologies and engineering services (e.g.
- Astro- und Feinwerktechnik, Berlin Space Technologies)
- Research organizations (e.g. Fraunhofer, Helmholtz Centres like GFZ)
- Universities (e.g. TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig)
- Service providers for e.g. launch, operations, mission planning (e.g. EXOLAUNCH, OKAPI, Valispace)
- Space application providers (LiveEO, Skywatch, Globalstar)
- Self-employment through funding (e.g. Astropreneurs, EXIST, ESA BIC, Copernicus, INNOspace)
Space engineering graduates can choose to work in a variety of positions. A few examples are systems engineer, project manager, subsystem engineer, researcher, assembly & test engineer, and operations engineer. Whether you want to work on satellites, launchers, planetary rovers, ground stations or else, the range of projects makes the space sector especially interesting. MSE students get a better feeling for their area of interest while getting exposure to different projects and experts during their studies.
The following websites provide insights and stories about typical jobs for space engineers:
- Overview of typical jobs by HE Space
- Interviews with people who have space-related jobs by Space Awareness
- Interviews and videos about people working at ESA
- Positions of some MSE alumni
The following websites provide current job opportunities in the space sector:
How will you benefit from the MSE study programmeMSE trains students to lead the global trend of space technology and business.
MSE Students will:
- Benefit from the worldwide leading expertise and experience of Technische Universität Berlin in the field of small satellite technology.
- Learn from the professional, experienced, and committed lecturers from the university and European space industry.
- Boost their intercultural communication skills together with the international participants during challenging projects and missions.
- Expand their portfolio with interdisciplinary courses to be prepared for the requirements of the space industry.
Here are some number about employment of MSE students and graduates:
- 84% of MSE graduates find a position within the first 6 months after graduation.
- 86% of employed MSE graduates work in the space sector.
- 71% of employed MSE graduates work in Germany.
- 57% of MSE graduates in the space sector work in the industry, 43% in research.
- 62% of MSE students get a student job in the regional aerospace industry.
- 28% of MSE students were employed by the organization where they wrote their thesis.