Career Options in Aeronautical

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.

Job prospect:

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.

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