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Career in Aeronautical Engineering

What Is Aeronautical Engineering?

Aeronautical Engineering is the science involved with the study, design, and manufacture of flight-capable machines, or the techniques of operating aircraft. This course trains an engineer in designing, constructing, analyzing and testing of commercial or military aircrafts, missiles, and spacecrafts. Aerospace engineers are responsible for the research, design and production of aircraft, spacecraft, aerospace equipment, satellites and missiles. They also develop new technologies in commercial aviation, defence systems, and space exploration.

What does anaeronautical engineer do?

Aeronautical engineers design, develop, test, and help manufacture commercial and military aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft.

Aeronautical engineers also develop and design extraordinary technologies such as: supersonic jets, helicopters, space shuttles, satellites and rockets.

Work done by aerospace engineers has made such things as speedy mail delivery and moon travel possible.

Aerospace Engineers are working to launch a space shuttle to reach the moon.

Job prospectus of Aeronautical engineering in India

Aeronautical Engineering Courses imparts multi-faceted knowledge to students in areas like manufacturing and development of aircrafts and missiles. An aeronautical engineer can also design, test and contribute to the development of advanced technologies in the field of defence and space science.

In India aeronautical engineers are mostly employed by

  • ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and

  • The Defence Ministry.

  • One can also look for jobs available with the

  • Civil Aviation Department,

  • National Aeronautical Laboratory,

  • Defence Research and Development Laboratories (DRDO) and

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

What do they study about?

Aeronautical Engineering graduates have knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, and stability and control.

How one can start?

To pursue a course in Aeronautical engineering, students must have studied physics and mathematics in school. Courses in aeronautics prepare candidates for jobs in the field of aerospace and aviation. Classes in these fields are typically part of an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Aeronautical courses are available at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctorate level.

These courses help candidates in becoming air traffic controllers and maintenance technician as they get hands-on experience on aircraft manufacturing, mechanics, and engineering.

Skill set for aeronautical engineering:

  • Speed and accuracy – since aircrafts have to be serviced in a short time

  • Manual, technical and mechanical aptitude

  • Strong sense of responsibility

  • Alertness and presence of mind

  • Must have leadership qualities but also be able to work in team

  • Normal colour vision

  • Physical fitness and good height

  • Strong analytical ability

Eligibility Criteria to pursue aeronautical engineering:

The average cost of a undergraduate program is around INR 1 Lakh per annum while the average cost of a PG program is around INR 2 Lakh per annum. Diploma course in aeronautics costs around INR 60,000-1,00,000 annually. Any candidate who wishes to pursue Aeronautical Engineering must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • Aeronautical Engineering is offered in by many engineering colleges in India. Admission criteria for Aeronautical Engineers is JEE Main and JEE Advanced score.

  • The basic eligibility criteria for aeronautical engineering is minimum 70-75% marks in aggregate in PCM in class XII

  • Diploma holders in aircraft maintenance engineering can acquire degrees on clearing the exams of the Aeronautical Society of India For admission to Postgraduate and Doctoral programmes, the candidate must have completed Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering

  • Many institutions like IITs IISc, Science research institutions accept GATE score as admission to Master’s degree the discipline

Course Curriculum:

Mathematics, Flight Dynamics, Engineering Physics, Aircraft Structures, Engineering Chemistry, Control Engineering, Computer Programming, Environmental Science and Engineering, Engineering Graphics, Aircraft Structures Laboratory, Computer Practices Laboratory, Communication and Soft Skills- Laboratory Based, Engineering Practices Laboratory, Principles of Management, Physics and Chemistry Laboratory, Finite Element Methods, Transforms and Partial Differential Equations, Vibrations and Elements of Aeroelasticity, Manufacturing Technology, Composite Materials and Structures, Aero Engineering Thermodynamics, Aircraft Materials and Processes, Fluid Mechanics and Machinery, Aero Engine and Airframe, Solid Mechanics, Aircraft Design Project, Elements of Aeronautics, Computer Aided Simulation, Strength of Materials Laboratory, Total Quality Management, Fluid Mechanics and Machinery Laboratory, Avionics, Thermodynamics Laboratory, Computational Fluid Dynamics, CAM and Manufacturing Laboratory, Experimental Stress Analysis, Numerical Methods, Aircraft Design Project, Aerodynamics, Aircraft Systems Laboratory, Aircraft Systems and Instruments, Flight Integration Systems and Control Laboratory, Mechanics of Machines, Wind Tunnel Techniques, Aircraft Structures, Propulsion, Aircraft Structures Laboratory, Aerodynamics Laboratory, CAD and Aircraft Component Drawing.

Top Recruiters

  • Civil Aviation Department

  • Aeronautical Development Establishment

  • Air India

  • Defence Research and Development Laboratories

  • Helicopter Corporation of India

  • Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd (HAL)

  • National Aeronautical Lab (NAL)

  • Pawan Hans

  • Indian Air Force

  • Private Airlines

Top Colleges in India offering Aeronautical Engineering:

  • IIT Madras

  • IIT Kanpur

  • IIT Guwahati

  • IIST

  • Manipal Institute of Technology

Salary of Aeronautical Engineer in India

The average salary for an Aerospace/ Aeronautical Engineer in india ranges between INR 35, 000 to INR 1 lakh per month. The maximum salary offered to an Aerospace/ Aeronautical Engineer graduated from IITs is INR 30 lakhs per annum. The salary package offered to candidate differs depending upon the candidate’s performance in the interview, job location, company and other factors.

Common FAQs

1) Is there any scope for aeronautical engineers in India?

The scope for aeronautical engineering in India isn't great. But of course, master’s degree from an IIT or NIT would definitely help. Pursue Aerospace for the love of aerial machines, flight, aviation, sky, and aeroplanes; and not for riches and a super comfortable, effortless life!

2) Is aeronautical engineering hard?

Aeronautical Engineering in general is one of the complex fields out there. Now in aeronautical most of the subjects are based on physics and mathematics and if a person is good at it, he or she won't have much difficulty.

3)How do I become an aeronautical engineer?

Start early with math and science classes in high school. Physics, especially. Find a way to fall in love with physics and calculus, because you’re going to need it, a lot. Also, if you have the ability to take drafting classes in high school, especially those that deal with autoCAD or other CAD software, do that, too. And if you have any engineering-based clubs, you’ll need to make sure you’re active in those.During the course of your engineering degree, you’ll need to do a few internships. Make sure these are close to the focus you want to be in professionally if you can swing it, but it’s okay if you can’t. It’s the time in a company that will do you good. It counts as professional experience for resume purposes.

4) What are the educational qualifications required for aeronautical engineering?

Engineering employers typically seek graduates with an M.Eng in relevant engineering disciplines (such as aerospace, electronics, mechanical, software and materials). Relevant work experience is widely valued by employers. Vacation placements and sandwich/placement years are often used by employers to identify graduate recruits, and graduates with postgraduate research qualifications may earn higher starting salaries.


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