Ever stopped for a moment to look up at the sky and wander the skies startled by the brains behind the flying man made birds? Dating back to sketches of Leonardo da Vinci to the magnanimous journey of the Wright Brothers, sky set the limit and man has been reaching beyond since ever. If you been always thinking that sky is never the limit and a career beyond is conventional – you landed right here.
A degree in Aeronautical Engineering is a passport for the launch pad of your successful and rewarding career in the aerospace industry turning your ideas into reality. By the application of principles derived from science and technology, aeronautical engineering calls for the research, design, manufacture, operations, and maintenance of highly sophistical products such as aircraft, space satellites, and missiles etc in the field of aviation, space exploration, and defense systems.
Working under the supervision of senior engineers with superior manual, technical, and mechanical aptitude, aeronautical engineers work in a whole team with extraordinary efforts to bring together each aeronautical engineer’s skills and technical expertise. When it takes to fly along with the birds or beyond, aeronautical engineers need to have the birds-eye view for detail with high levels of precision. While it takes a lot of hard work and dedication, it pays off well with highly paid remuneration and there’s a huge demand for the experts. The aerial environment promises of rewarding career opportunities involving leading-edge technology.
What It Takes
To reach the sky and be a part of the industry that captures your imagination paying huge respect in terms of demand and remuneration, you need to be physically fit with an alert mind and dedicated to work. With an eye for detail and excellent problem-solving skills, you will also need design, computer, and communication skills to come out with flying colors in the flying industry. If you know you have a good planning ability and a knack for working under pressure at great speed, there’s a flight waiting for you.
For people who are excellent team players, self-motivated, innovative, and lateral thinkers with high intelligence, technical and analytical thinking traits, the aerospace industry provides an environment for innovation, and career development along the path of technical and managerial routes. Seldom do a few industries offer such rewarding opportunities.
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To call yourself and Aeronautical Engineer or travel in the aerial environment you need to have a degree, diploma or any certificate equivalent or higher to the relevant industry. The primary courses are B.E. (Bachelor of Engineering) or a B. Tech (Bachelor of Technology) in Aeronautical Engineering offered by most of the reputed engineering colleges and the IITs like:
IIT (Mumbai), IIT (Kharagpur), IIT (Chennai), IIT (Kanpur), Hindustan Inst of Engineering Technology (Chennai), Nehru College of Aeronautical and Applied Sciences (Coimbatore), School of Aviation Science and Technology (New Delhi), Punjab Engineering College (Chandigarh), Indian Institute of Aeronautics (Patna), Institute of Aviation Technology (Haryana), VSM Aerospace, Chelekere Village (Bangalore), Hindustan Electronics Academy (Bangalore), and Indian Institute of Aeronautical Engineering (Dehradun).
Students can also look around for reputed polytechnic institutes that offer diploma courses in Aeronautical Engineering like The Madras Institute of Technology that offers a 3 year Programme for B. Sc students with Mathematics, and Physics as their subjects during their graduation.
If you are already working in a private or a public sector and looking for a means to acquire a Bachelor’s Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering through distance education, there is the Associate Membership Examination of the Institute of Engineers (AMIE) with a viable option. By appearing for the Associate membership examination of the Institute of Engineers (AMIE) conducted by ASI (‘The Aeronautical Society of India’) you can earn a degree equivalent to aeronautical engineering degree.
While the regular courses are for four years, with a degree recognized by the ministry of education, government of India, the diploma courses are of 2-3 years duration. For advanced learners, The Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Bangalore offers M. Tech and Ph. D programmes in aeronautics as well. There are also courses like Aeronautical Engineering (AMAeSI), M.E. Aeronautical Engineering.
With a mandatory qualification in the Joint Entrance Examinations (J.E.E.) conducted by the IITs every January, and May (these scores are considered as the qualifying grade by most of the institutes offering courses in Aeronautical Engineering), you also need to have a high percentage of marks in 10 + 2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects. Few institutes also conduct entrance examinations of their own.
Aeronautical engineers are at the forefront of technology with the aerospace industry offering multitude of opportunities to enter the aerospace industry at many levels. These professionals are highly valued and are currently in great demand. With a huge advent of private airlines in the industry, the demand of skilled aeronautical engineers far exceeds the supply.
Majority of the Aeronautical Engineers are employed by national, international, public and private airline services as well as aircraft-manufacturing units. These may include: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Defense Ministry, Civil Aviation Department, National Aeronautical Laboratory, Defense Research and Development Laboratories (DRDO), Aeronautical Development Establishment, and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) with its factories at Bangalore, Nasik, Koraput, Kanpur etc.
Abundant opportunities also life with Air India, Indian Airlines, Helicopter Corporation of India, Pawan Hans, and various flying clubs, and private airlines.
This doesn’t just end up in India. Several countries like United States of America, France, UK and Germany lure the aeronautical or aviation engineers with excellent opportunities to flock to these countries. NASA alone has a very good percentage of Indians constituting the workforce of aeronautical engineers and professionals.
If flying alone never surprised you, and you were curious everything behind aeroplanes or even space satellites, perhaps Aeronautical Engineering is for. Fly with Flying Colors Today!