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Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineering is one of the highly ambitious and challenging fields of study in engineering and technology with a very broad range for career growth. Aeronautical Engineering Courses impart versatile training to students in the areas of science, design, construction of aeroplanes and space vehicles and uses computer technology in the design space extensively. It has always been a popular and one of the most sought after career options with mainly four areas of specialization, viz., Aerodynamics, Aircraft Structures, Aircraft Propulsion and Aircraft Systems. Aeronautical engineers have always been in great demand. With booming commercialization and global economy, the demand will be much higher in the coming years, both in India and abroad.

As Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam told a group of students, it is true that there is a great future for Aeronautical Engineering. With the advent of the open market system Aeroplane Companies are coming to India and as a result, India is a global partner in the design and manufacture of Aeroplanes. Thus, demand of Aeronautical Engineers in India will increase further and the future is very bright for the Aeronautical Engineers. There will be a sharp increase in the number of jobs of various specializations in the aerospace and aviation industries for aeronautical engineers and great room for personal growth and development and the increase in demand for aerospace engineers is likely to remain high in the future as there is a boom in world travel and aviation and aircraft industries. Many government, defense and space agencies are also on the look out for aeronautical engineers to develop the future flying vehicles and systems.

Eligibility: Based on EAMCET ranks, students are admitted in AP Engineering colleges. For admission into NITs and IITs, JEE main and advanced are necessary.

Higher Education: B.Tech Aeronautical engineering students can continue their higher education with M.Tech and later PhD.

Specializations: Structural design, Navigation guidance and control systems, Instrumentation and communication or production methods, military aircraft, passenger plane, helicopter, satellite, rockets.

Benefits of Aerospace Programmes
Some of the direct benefits of Indian programmes were design and production of civil and defence aircraft and Communication and Earth-observation satellites self-sufficiency in defence missiles. These programmes have accelerated the development of Electronics, Material Science and Production Technology and gave fillip to science studies like cosmic ray studies, lunar studies, etc.,

Job Prospects: Aeronautical engineers are in good demand by airlines, aircraft manufacturing units, air turbine production plants and in design and development programmes for the aviation industry, etc.

Top organizations offering jobs
Some of the Aeronautical and Aerospace Organization in India are:
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore, Koraput, Nasik, etc.
  • National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore,
  • Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bangalore,
  • Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore,
  • Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad,
  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Sriharikota, Ahmedabad etc.
Private companies like Tata Advanced Systems, Infosys, InfoTech, Mahindra Satyam etc.

Remuneration: Rs 2 to 4 Lakhs per annum

Aeronautical Engineering colleges in India
Indian Aeronautical education took birth at IISc Bangalore in 1942 with a single teacher (Dr V. M. Ghatge). It was later developed into a full-fledged department.

Other important institutes offering the course are IIT Kanpur (with U. S. Aid ), IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras (with aid from GDR and now from France) and lIT Bombay (with USSR aid); they started giving graduate and post-graduate instruction in Aeronautics and conducting research leading to Ph. Ds as well as R & D projects.

Besides these national institutions, first degree level courses are also available at Madras Institute of Technology (since 1949) and at Punjab Engineer¬ing Col1ege at Chandigarh (since 1964). Though both these institutions are controlled by respective State Governments, MIT has developed into a P. G. Centre with the aid of Union Ministry of Education. Latest in this chain was the Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, which started giving courses on rockets and missiles. Some of the other institutes are Bengal Engineering and Science University, Howrah, West Bengal, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

In addition to these formal educational institu¬tions, special purpose institutions are also available for training manpower for special jobs. Prominent among these are (i) Air Force Technical College (AFTC), Jalahalli, Bangalore (for IAF), (ii) Institute of Armament Technology, Poona, (iii) Staff College, HAL., Bangalore, (iv) Air Force Pilots' College, Jodhpur, (v) Training Schools of Air India.

Seats: 1281 Aeronautical Engineering seats were allotted for admission into 25 engineering colleges in 2012 Engineering Counseling

By: Prof. Sudhir Sastry YB,

Head of the Department
Department of Aeronautical Engineering
Institute of Aeronautical Engineering
Published date : 20 Jun 2015 05:35PM

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