Civil aviation industry is highly desirable (not talking about air-hostesses here) and one of the fastest growing industries in India. Many top companies in India are investing their money on building their own or purchasing aircraft to start their own airlines and services, with the recent-most example being the TATAs.
HireTale in this guest article takes you through “Career in Aeronautical Engineering”.
Aeronautical engineers work as a part of the team that maintains the aircrafts and ensures high level of technical precision. Main thrust of the engineering profession lies in design, development, maintenance & teaching of aeronautics. The engineer is designated in different areas like aerodynamics, celestial mechanics, thermodynamics and control system.
Career in aeronautical engineering can be exciting, but can also be equally stressful.
- Strong sense of work responsibility
- Technical, mechanical and mathematical expertise is highly required
- Physically and mentally fit to adopt the tense working nature
- Normal Colour vision, physical fitness and good head for height.
Job Outlook for Aeronautical Engineers:
The time is changing rapidly for engineers. From IT sector, they are moving towards airspace to fly for the long term. Currently, the growth of aeronautical engineers is growing at an average rate and is expected to grow by 11 percent through the year 2018. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) aerospace engineering position is set to grow by 5 percent by 2020, which is quite slow compared to other fields.
In India, aeronautical engineers are employed by ISRO, Ministry of Defense, National Aeronautical Laboratory (NAL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and commercial airlines too. Engineers also have overseas scope to work with NASA and many foreign airlines.
One of the major advantages of making career in engineering is the handsome package that one receives, but with huge package comes huge responsibility. According to the report collected by payscale.com, an average salary of an engineer is approx Rs 580.072 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career. A skill in Avionics is associated with high pay for this job.
Aeronautical engineering can be pursued by getting into the specialization courses. Minimum requirement to sit into the entrance exam is science subjects in XII (physics, mathematics). Also if the student wants to get into IITs then Joint Entrance Test (JEE-Mains) is the way.
Engineers need to be associate member of Aeronautical Society of India, for which the student need to go through sections A and B which is recognized by Ministry of Education. For part two, Engineering Council of London grants direct entry for those who qualified section A & B.
Minimum qualification to appear in this exam is class X. Students who successfully passed studentship with having physics and maths as subject is eligible for part A. However, airmen of Indian Airforce and Air technical personnel can directly appear to section A. To get into section B, candidate need to either complete section A or hold degree in engineering. Students in class XII with physics and maths may enroll for 3yr course in Aeronautical Engineering.
In India, aviation industry and spacecraft has seen a positive growth in recent years. Launch of new airlines and emphasis on indigenous aircrafts and spacecrafts has created a huge demand for aeronautical engineers. Both private and government airlines like Aeronautical Development Establishment, Air India, The Armed Forces, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and other such industry. Defence Service and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are two major employers and look for fresh and young candidates.
After hiring by any of these companies, these engineers are well trained to get in-hand experience of the aircraft. On completion they are placed as assistant under officers to have clear image of the working environment and be prepared for the challenge.
Colleges and Institutes in India offering Aeronautical Engineering Course:
Engineering institutes and colleges in India for aeronautics with their well designed course and rigorous training, prepare students for this industry.
Major IITs in India offer PG and Diploma in Aeronautics. IIAE Dehradun is the leading institute in India that offers aeronautic course in different levels. In addition to this, the institute is affiliated with top institutions overseas and is accredited by International Accreditation Organisation, USA.
Aeronautical engineering is one of the most technologically advanced branches. With jobs available in national, international and public aircraft manufacturing companies, more and more fresh engineering minds are going ahead to profile.