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Aeronautical Engineering

Published On: 28 Jun 2012 | Last Updated On: 20 Aug 2013

Aeronautical Engineering is one of the premier branches of engineering that deals with the study and development of new technology in the field of aviation, space exploration and Defense systems. This branch of engineering includes the development, testing, designing, construction and maintenance of commercial and military aircraft, spacecrafts and their components as well as satellites and missiles.

A candidate must be self-motivated, excellent team player and must encompass high technical and analytical skills. Owing to globalization and industrialization, enormous job opportunities awaits deft personals in this field.

Courses & Eligibility:

The courses in Aeronautical Engineering are basically Bachelors and Masters courses. They include:

  • 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
The criteria for joining BE or B.Tech courses in Aeronautical Engineering is 10+2 or equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry and Math’s as the core subjects. Admission for B.E. or B.Tech is made on the basis of state and national level entrance exams.
Specializations :
Some of its specialized fields are: 
  • 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

Job Prospects:

Job prospects are aplenty in airline manufacturing industries like Air India, Indian Airlines, Helicopter Corporation of India and flying clubs, private airlines and government owned air service and aircraft manufacturers like the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL). Other major recruiters of Aeronautical Engineers are National Aeronautical Lab (NAL), Aeronautical Development Establishment, Civil Aviation Department, Defense services and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The Indian Defense service and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) are perched on the top of students' wish-list.

Some job profiles: 
  • Consultants
  • Thermal Design Engineer
  • Graduate Engineer Trainees
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Aerospace Designer Checker
  • Assistant Aircraft Engineers
  • Aircraft Production Manager
  • Assistant Technical Officers


The starting salary package of an Aeronautical Engineer in various government sectors may be Rs. 15000-20000 per month with other facilities like housing, medical facilities etc. The salary in private sectors lies from Rs. 10000-18000 per month. Engineering graduates with management degrees get a starting salary of Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 40,000 per month plus perks. Entrepreneurs can earn above Rs.20,000/- per month.

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