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How To Become an Aeronautical Engineer After 12th in India

  • Aeronautical engineering is the study of the development of new technological fields of aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, missiles and their other components. It’s an interesting field of study which has a wide scope of career growth in airlines, aircraft manufacturing units, design development programmes for the aviation industry.
  • It specializes in the areas like designing, construction, development, testing operation, navigational guidance, and the maintenance. It is the job which requires the manual, technical and mechanical aptitude.  
  • The candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in Aeronautical Engineering should clear their 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics with good score.
  • Mostly institutes conducting engineering courses in Aeronautics consider JEE score to give admission.
  • To get an admission in B.E / B.Tech degree candidate need to give the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE).
  • There are several institutions who conduct their own state level and national level entrance examinations, candidates can choose as per their preference.
  • The Madras Institute of Technology offers 3 years B.ScProgramme in Aeronautical Engineering.
  • The Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Bangalore offers M.Tech and Ph.D. programs in Aeronautics.  
  • The course duration for doing Aeronautical Engineering is 4 years.
  • The degree is recognized by the Ministry of Education, Govt. Of India. The Diploma courses are 2-3 years.
  • There are several Degree, Diploma and Certificate courses for an interested candidate who wants to pursue a career in Aeronautical Engineering. They are as follows:
  1. B. E. Aeronautical Engineering
  2. B.Tech. Aeronautical Engineering
  3. M.E. Aeronautical Engineering
  • There is a wide career scope for a candidate after studying Aeronautical Engineering.
  • Jobs are available with various Airline Services nationally and internationally, public or private. 
  • There is a various airline which are offering jobs for students who are in this field such as Air India, Indian Airlines, Helicopter Corporation of India and flying clubs.
  • Private airlines and government owned air service and aircraft manufacturer like Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL).
  • They have their factories in Bangalore, Nashik, Korapur, Kanpur and various other places. Defense Research and Development Laboratories, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), National Aeronautical Lab (NAL), Aeronautical Development Establishment, Civil Aviation Department etc. are some of the organizations where jobs are available for an Aeronautical Engineer.  
  • There are aircraft manufacturing units also which requires the services of an Aeronautical Engineer.
  • As a startup, the candidates work as Trainee Engineers. Depending upon their performance, academic background and aptitude, they are positioned for training in the maintenance of aircraft and other support sections.
  • After completing their training, they are designated as Assistant Aircraft Engineers or Assistant Technical Officers.  
  • The candidates have to clear the departmental examinations for further promotions.  
  • They may be promoted to administrative or executive positions or become consultants. 
  • Aeronautical engineers are assisted by aircraft mechanics in the maintenance of aircraft frame, engine, electrical system and other fittings.

There are few skills that are required to become an Aeronautical Engineer. They are as follows:

  • The candidate should have good mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • He should be technically sound.
  • He should have knowledge in computer.
  • He should have creative and innovative thinking.
  • Give attention to every minute detail.
  • He should have a strong awareness of safety issues.
  • He should be good in both verbal and written communications. 
  • He should have good time management skills.
  • He should keep himself up to date with technical developments. 
  •  He should have the ability to work under pressure and meet his deadlines. 
  • An Aeronautical Engineer should be physically fit and must have a normal color vision.
  • The Associate Membership Examination of the Institute of Engineers (AMIE), helps the candidates in private and public sector, or diploma holders to obtain a Bachelor's engineering degree through distance education and appear for the Associate membership examination of the Institute of Engineers (AMIE) conducted by The Aeronautical Society of India (ASI).
  • The degree is equivalent to aeronautical engineering degree. Any candidate who has a degree in electronics, mathematics or physics can also find opportunities in this area.
  • There are various Universities and Institutes who are offering courses on Aeronautical Engineering through distance learning. They are as follows:

IATA – They offer Diploma programmes like

  1.  Air Navigation Services Management Diploma
  2.  Air Traffic Services Management Diploma
  3.  Quality Management for Civil Aviation Authorities and Air Navigation Service Providers Diploma
  4.  Aero political& Industry Affairs Diploma
  5.  Civil Aviation Management Diploma
  6.  International Air Law Diploma
  7.  Quality Management for Civil Aviation Authorities and Air Navigation Service Providers Diploma
  8.  Safety Management in Civil Aviation Diploma
  9.  Supply Chain Security Management Diploma
  10. St. Peter’s Institute of Distance Education, Chennai
  11.  B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering
  12. Institute of Management and Technical Studies, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kerala
  13.  B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering
  14. Directorate of Distance Education, MATS University, Raipur

An Aeronautical Engineer has a promising career and has immense scope in this industry. They join the work as Trainee Engineers, and gradually depending upon their performance at work they get promoted. The candidates need to give their departmental examinations for further promotions at work.  An Aeronautical Engineer can avail job opportunities in the sectors like :

  • Different government airlines such as Air India, Indian Airlines
  • Helicopter Corporation of I
    • To be an Aeronautical Engineer the candidate must have to complete their 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
    • The candidate must be a graduate in B.E / B.Tech. or he or she must have a diploma in Aeronautics.
    • To study Aeronautics in IIT’s, the candidate must clear the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) conducted by IIT’s.
    • Other institutions have their own separate entrance examination and other state level and national level examinations.
    • There are several institutes who consider the score of JEE as the qualifying grade to get an admission in their institute.

    The job of an Aeronautical Engineer requires manual, technical and mechanical aptitude. 
    The job responsibilities of an Aeronautical Engineer include:

    • They assess the design requirements.
    • They agree to the budgets, time frame and specifications with their clients.
    • They go through the theoretical and practical research work.
    • They implement the designs and test procedures.
    • They measure and improve the performance of aircraft, components and its systems.
    • To assemble the aircraft or fitting the machineries.
    • To test, evaluate, modify the re-tested products.
    • They also need to write reports, manuals and do the documentation work.
    • To provide technical advice.
    • They need to analyze and interpret the data. 
    • The candidate needs to be physically fit and dedicated towards his work.
    • The person needs to be at tentative in his work and should have a good mathematical knowledge.
    • The salary structure of an Aeronautical Engineer depends upon the candidate’s experience, designation, expertise in the particular field, the area of employment etc.
    • The approx. the salary for those who are in govt. or public sectors are Rs. 8,000/- to Rs. 10,000/- per month (excluding other allowances).
    • In the private sectors, the salary structure is decided by the management of the company. The starting salaries are approx. Rs. 8,000/- to Rs. 15,000/- per month plus other allowances.
    • The engineers who hold management degrees get a starting salary of approx. Rs. 10,000/- to Rs. 40,000/- per month plus other allowances.
    • Entrepreneurs can earn above Rs. 20,000/- approx. per month.
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