Fascinated as to how a jet is actually able to remain in air or simply wondered about how a helicopter flies majestically in the sky. Did the recent Mars Orbiter Mission of our ISRO well you too with pride? Or the reasons for something as mighty as Airbus A380 to remain airworthy makes you go topsy-turvy! Well then, aeronautical engineering is definitely your call. The present article explores aeronautical engineering as a career and the modus operandi to realize it.
What is Aeronautical Engineering?
It refers to that field of engineering which is concerned with the development of an aircraft. Aerodynamics, being at the heart of it, this branch deals with the motion of air and also with an interaction between the air and a flying object (an airplane plane or a spacecraft).
It is responsible for the development of path-breaking technologies in aviation as well as specializes in the furnishing and testing of the military as well as commercial aircraft.
What is the academic background required to become an Aeronautical Engineer?
Aeronautics happens to be one of the most challenging branches of engineering. It involves a keen proficiency in a host of subjects ranging from mechanical engineering to control, electrical and instrumentation engineering. With an obvious PCM background in the high school, one has to opt for Aeronautical or any allied branch of engineering (say, aerospace) for the B-Tech. Subsequent specialization can be acquired in the following streams (during the M-Tech):
- Structural Design
- Instrumentation and Controls
- Particular flying systems such as helicopters, jets, military or passenger aircraft etc.
Finally, one can either opt for a job or can also go for his doctoral and post-doctoral stints in both India as well as abroad.
Following are the finest institutions in our country offering both graduates as well as post graduate courses in aeronautical engineering-
- Indian Institute of Space Technology, Trivandrum.
- Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Delhi)
- Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
- Anna University, Chennai to name a few.
Aeronautical engineering has always shown very promising prospects in both governmental as well as private sectors. After the advent of the ambitious Make in India project and the in principle agreement of manufacturing giants such as the Boeing and Airbus to make in India, this stream is experiencing a boom like never before.
The top governmental recruiters include-
- Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO.
- Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO.
- Hindustan Aeronautics limited
- Indian Air Force, IAF
- National Aerospace Labs
- Various academic positions in technical institutions
- Pawan Hans
The key players in the private sectors are-
- Air India
- Jet Airways
- Air Bus etc,
One can also work in the operations department of various industries and advice them on the procurement of their aircraft.
Once recruited, the aeronautical engineers work in the following capacities-
- Production Managers
- Design Checkers
- Thermal design checker
- Aircraft checker
One can also work in the Research and Development wings of the said organizations where the focus lies mainly in the innovation and development of path-breaking technologies.
In the light of the article at hand, it can be very aptly concluded that aeronautical engineering happens to be one the most sought after career whose prospects are to increase only, in the future. Those who nurture interest for this branch should unambiguously go for it!