Aeronautical Engineering is a branch of Aerospace engineering under the field of aviation. It is concerned with design, construction, and testing of aircrafts. Commercial and military aircrafts, space crafts, and their components, are tested, constructed, developed, and maintained under this field. It uses the science of propulsion and aerodynamics, and is broadly divided into four divisions: Aircraft engines, missile systems, military aircraft, and civilian aircraft. Designing and testing missiles, aircrafts, satellites, and other aeronautical systems are key functions of an aeronautical engineer.
• Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
• Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Engineering
• Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering
• Bachelor of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering
• Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
• Bachelor of Technology in Aerospace Engineering
• Master of Science in Aircraft Engineering
• Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
• Master of Technology in Aerospace Engineering
• Master of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering
• Master of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering
• Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical Engineering
UG: The criteria for pursuing a bachelor’s degree requires the candidate to have passed in the higher secondary school (10+2) examination with subjects such as biology, maths, and chemistry as their core subjects. In order to obtain a degree in IIT (a 4-year course), the candidate is required to clear the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
PG: The criterion for pursuing a master’s degree (a 2-year course), requires the candidate to hold a bachelor’s degree in any branch of engineering.
The specialisations of the field are listed below:
• Aerospace Propulsion
• Structural Analysis
• Electronic Systems
• Ground Vehicle Systems
• Transportation Systems
• Aerodynamics and Fluid Dynamics
• Aircraft Structures and Materials
• Structural Design and Engineering
• Instrumentation And Communication
• Navigational Guidance and Control Systems
The roles an Aeronautical engineer performs range from research to development, and maintenance of aircrafts. Testing and manufacturing aircrafts are also part of the job. Engineers also have the opportunity to specialise in a particular field such as computation field dynamics and aerodynamics.
Aeronautical engineers are in great demand in large aviation companies like Airbus, NASA, and Boeing. Divisions such as aircraft, airline, and air turbine production plants also seek aeronautical engineers. Design, maintenance, development, managerial, and teaching are some of the employment opportunities engineers can look for. Aeronautical engineers have a lot of demand today, and are well-paid. Opportunities exist in the India and abroad.
• Thermal Design Engineer
• Graduate Engineer Trainees
• Mechanical Design Engineer
• Aerospace Designer Checker
• Assistant Aircraft Engineers
• Aircraft Production Manager
• Assistant Technical Officers
The management of a private sector decides the remuneration of an employee, and engineers who work for the government sector are paid based on official scales. Public sector companies such as HAL and NAL pay between Rs.8, 000 and Rs.10, 000 without other allowances. Private sector companies pay anywhere between Rs.9, 000 and Rs.15, 000 with allowances. Graduates with a management degree could earn up to Rs.40, 000 per month. Besides this, companies also offer fringe benefits and other perks.