Career in Aeronautical Engineering

By | May 23, 2020
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“Aeronautical engineering is the primary branch of engineering concerned with the design, construction, and science of aircraft and spacecraft. An Aeronautical Engineer basically deals with aircrafts, rockets, flying crafts and space craft. It is divided into two major and overlapping branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. The former deals with craft that stay within Earth’s atmosphere, and the latter with craft that operates outside it.”


Key to Success :

To be successful in engineering you should have/develop :

  • Interest in Understanding how machines work
  • Scientific and analytical mind
  • Numerical ability
  • Inquisitiveness

Scope and Opportunities :

There are huge job opportunities for an aeronautical engineer in India and also in UK, USA, France and Germany. After completion of aeronautical engineering one can work as assistant aircraft engineer or assistant technical officers. Growth in this sector is completely dependent on the work skills, experience and your academic excellence. To get promotion in public sector you have to appear for a departmental examination after which one can be promoted to administrative, consulting or executive level.

Market Size in India :

India’s passenger* traffic stood at 293.99 million in FY20 (till January 2020) where domestic passenger traffic reached 235.44 million and International passenger reached 58.55 million.
To cater to the rising air traffic, the Government of India has been working towards increasing the number of airports. As of March 2019, there are 137 operational airports in India. As of November 2019, 680 airplanes were in-service in the fleet of scheduled Indian operators.
Due to rise in demand in air travel, India will need 2,380 new commercial airplanes by 2038. India is expected to have the largest number of aircraft flying by its scheduled airlines latest by December 2019. India plans to open 100 additional airports by 2024.  ( Source: )

Lifestyle & Social Status :

There is a huge craze among youth of this profile but life style of this profile is very hectic. They are required to be in space, away from home, doing research and development. Majority of the time they will be far from their family. Though the amount of income from this job is very attractive and getting an entry in to this field is very tough.

Because of the pay and perk earned by aeronautical engineers, their family gets a comfortable life style. As a fact that these engineering are working for development and security of the country they receive respect in society.

Job Profile :

Job profile of a aeronautical engineer requires high level of technical proficiency. The aeronautical engineer is required to be in air for make things happens. Aeronautical engineering is mainly divided in to two parts which are Outerspace aeronautical engineering & atmospheric aeronautical engineering. Outerspace engineers are required to focus on earth’s atmosphere which is space. They are required to put satellites, deep space projects into space and space shuttles etc.

Atmospheric aeronautical engineers are required to be in airplanes, jets and helicopters. Keeping a plane/helicopter in sky is highly important task for them to do. They may be involved in the development of the Jets/remote pilot equipment and military equipment.

Skill Sets :                                                                                                           

  • Complex problem solving
  • Analytical Skills
  • Basic drawing and sketching skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Creative and analytical Mind
  • Numerical

Work Value

  • Challenging
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Achievement
  • Persistence
  • Innovation
  • Working with hands

Current Job Scenario :

These days Aeronautical engineering is the highly paid career option. An average start salary of an aeronautical engineer is between Rs. 1.5Lk to Rs. 3.0Lk per annum. The Salary is also dependent on the reputation of institute you are passed from, your domain skills and your academic excellence. With a experience a highly skilled engineer may get a salary of Rs. 40,000/- to 1.25 Lakh per month. An approximate starting basic pay scale in government sector may be from Rs.8.000/- to Rs. 10,000/- per month. But those working in research and development may get from Rs. 12,000/- to 18,000/- as a basic pay scale.

Top Recruiters :

  1. IAF
  2. ISRO
  3. NASA
  4. Civil Aviation Department

Career prospects :

  • Aeronautical Mechanical Engineers
  • Aeronautical Electronic Engineers
  • Flight Engineers
  • Aerospace engineers
  • Maintenance & Technician

Top colleges :

  1. IIT Madras – Indian Institute of Technology
  2. IIT Kanpur – Indian Institute of Technology
  3. IIT Guwahati – Indian Institute of Technology
  4. IIST – Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology
  5. Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
  6. Amity University, Noida
  7. SASTRA (Deemed to be University)
  8. M.V.J. College of Engineering – MVJCE
  9. LPU – Lovely Professional University
  10. Madras Institute of Technology

Entrance exam :

  • GATE

Success stories :

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