Being a branch of Aerospace engineering, Aeronautical engineering deals with the
airplanes that fly in the earth’s environment. It is one of the challenging disciplines
of the engineering field that those who are bold and bright, looking for a distinctive
field, may opt for. With the growing demand in Aeronautical fields, the requirement
of the skilled persons is also escalating.
What does an Aeronautical Engineer do?
The basic work of aeronautical engineers is to design and development of the aircrafts.
They have to conduct the trails of the crafts to ensure the working and safety.
The engineers are responsible for the internal areas of the aircrafts. They also
plan the techniques for air traffic control. Manufacturing or fixation of parts,
maintenance and repair are the other functions of the discipline. The engineer possesses
the knowledge of each minor part of the aircraft.
They also research and develop new models of aircrafts. Advancing features in the
existed or new models of helicopter, aircrafts, jet planes, passenger planes etc.,
are developed by them. Few engineers have intruded into different fields and developed
multi functioning aircrafts like the light aircrafts which are used as crop dusting
kit. Aeronautical engineers who work for military develop helicopters or warplanes
which are used in combats.
The specialization like Designing cockpit instrumentation, helicopter developing
allows the engineers to work on the particular field.
Courses of the field:
- Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering
- B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering
- M.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering
- Ph.D. in Aeronautics.
The graduation course in the field costs approximately 40 lakhs and above for the
4 years course.
Subjects taught in the course:
Aero Engineering Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Elements of Aeronautics, Aerodynamics,
Aircraft Structures, Propulsion, Flight Dynamics, Control Engineering, Laboratory
based Communication skills, Technical English, Principles of Management, Aero-elasticity,
Quality Management, Stress analysis and Wind Tunnel techniques are few of the subjects
of the course.
The practical works are equally given preference in Aircraft designing, Aero Engine
and Airframe Laboratory, Flight integration systems and Control Laboratory, Computer
aided Simulation Laboratory etc., help the would be engineers to gain enough practical
knowledge along with the theoretical subjects taught.
Attributes for bright career:
Besides the subject knowledge, physical fitness plays vital role in the career of
an aeronautical engineer. Few phobias like acrophobia (fear of heights), tacophobia
(fear of speed) are to be controlled before choosing the field as career. The engineers
need to test the aircrafts and thus they must have good color vision and have no
mentioned phobias. One must also be good with analytical and technical skills besides
the quick decision capability for problem solving.
Aerospace companies, Airline companies and Aviation engineering companies are the
main recruiter of aeronautical engineers. Yet, one can find opportunities offering
designing and analysis engineering jobs in digital engineering companies, Thermal
technology companies and other engineering companies.
The Government bodies like Indian Navy, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), National
Aeronautical Lab (NAL), Civil Aviation Department, Indian Space Research Organization
(ISRO), Defence Research and Development Laboratories (DRDL) recruit the personnel
of the field.
Few job titles of the field are:
- Auto engineer
- Aero stress analyst
- Air safety officer
- Operation officer
- Aeronautical officer
- Design engineer
- Analysis engineer
- Avionics engineer
- Technical author
The Ph.D. holders and retired officers are often recruited as teaching staff in
the concerned colleges.
The basic salary for a trainee is 15,000 and above including the allowances.
The field offers dynamic career with distinctive features and attracts many enthusiasts.