Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineering is one which is most interesting and challenging field with a wide scope for growth. The Aeronautical field comprises of development of new technology in the field of aviation, space exploration and defence systems and it specialises in the designing, construction, development, testing, operation and maintenance of both commercial and military aircraft, spacecrafts and their components as well as satellites and missiles. The engineer in this specialty needs good knowledge manually, technically as well as mechanically as it involve high technology systems. As it’s a team work, the engineer needs the supervision of senior engineers, bringing together their skills and technical expertise.

The specialisations includes in areas like structural design, navigational guidance and control systems, instrumentation and communication or production methods or it can be in a particular product such as military aircrafts, passenger planes, helicopters, satellites, rockets etc. Engineers may work in areas like design, development, maintenance as well as in the managerial and teaching posts in institutes. They find a very good demand in airlines, aircraft manufacturing units, air turbine production plants or design development programmes for the aviation industry. Aerospace environment is sophisticated with rewarding career opportunities involving leading-edge technology.

Eligibility For Aeronautical Engineering Career

A graduate degree (B.E/B.Tech.) or at least a diploma in Aeronautics. The degree and postgraduate degree courses are offered by the engineering colleges and Institutes of Technology (IITs), and the diploma courses are available at polytechnics. The basic eligibility criteria for a BE / B.Tech is 10+2 or equivalent examination, with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and must have a fairly high percentage of marks in the aggregate. Also must pass the qualifying exam JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) conducted by the IIT.

Job Prospects & Career Options For Aeronautical Engineering Career

  • Design and Development of aircrafts to space and satellite research.
  • Jobs are available with the national, international, public and private Airline Services as well as aircraft-manufacturing units. Jobs with various airlines like Air India, Indian Airlines, Helicopter Corporation of India and flying clubs, private airlines and government owned air service and aircraft manufacturers like the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) with its factories at Bangalore, Nashik, Koraput, Kanpur etc. Defense Research and Development Laboratories, National Aeronautical Lab (NAL), Aeronautical Development Establishment, Civil Aviation Department etc,
  • The other employers are Defence services and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Based on the performance, academic background and aptitude, the candidates are placed for training in the aircraft maintenance/overhaul or support section. On completion of training they are placed as assistant aircraft engineers or assistant technical officers.
  • Up on clearing the departmental examinations, promotions can be met. They may advance to administrative or executive positions or become consultants. Aeronautical engineers are assisted by aircraft mechanics in maintenance of aircraft frame, engine, electrical system and other ancillary fittings.
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